North Shore Group

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Walks & Talks Term 4, 2016

  At the:

"Bushland Education Centre"
The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
420 Mona Vale Road,
St Ives

Arrive at 9:45 am for a 10:00am start.
Information sheets are provided.
Walks conclude at approx. 12.30 pm.

Please wear suitable footwear, and bring a hat and water.
No prior knowledge required - just an enquiring mind and a love of the bush!

There is a fee of $5 per person per session to cover costs.

Topics and leaders for term 4, 2016

October 10th

Leader: Jeanie Davidson
Topic: 'Waratahs and other Proteaceae ’

Warratah Flower head

The Waratah is the floral emblem of New South Wales. You see it in
architectural flourishes, government letter heads and in decorative motifs.
The Waratah is in the Proteaceae family which has survived in Australia for
135 million years. Come and hear about this ancient family and see specimens
as you stroll through the bush at KWG. Visitors welcome.

October 17th

Leader: Wendy Grimm
Topic: ‘Callistemons, Kunzeas, and Melaleucas (Family Myrtaceae)’

A calistomon flower - red bottle brush

This is the second of three topics devoted to genera of the Myrtaceae
Red Bottlebrushes dominate the streetscapes of Ku-ring-gai with a
spectacular display in spring. These hardy plants are bird attractors and
bring a procession of honey eaters to the Garden each year. Learn how to
identify the local Callistemons and the related Melaleucas and Kunzeas and
get to know a few species suitable for growing in your home garden during
the Talk and see them on the Walk in KWG. Plant nurseries have long
recognised the horticultural potential of Bottlebrushes and many cultivars
have been developed.

October 24th

Leader: Wendy Grimm
Topic: ‘Longer Walk Eastern Mueller Track (10 am to 3 pm))’

Tristania nerifolia

We take the opportunity to study the vegetation along the Mueller Track as it roughly follows Tree Fern Gully Creek along the eastern part of KWG.
This track supports a surprising number of plants not found elsewhere in KWG. We will pass Tree Fern Gully Falls, Billy’s Bridge, Whipbird Gully and return to the Solander Trail near Endlicher Point. Please wear suitable footwear. The walk involves steps and is moderately difficult but the pace will be gentle. Bring a hat, water and a packed lunch to eat along the track.

October 31st

Leader: Barry Lees
Topic: ‘Grasses (Family Poaceae) ’

Grass head of flowers

Grasses are one of the most diverse and abundant plant groups and yet they
generally escape our notice until they are flowering and have seedheads.
Grasses supply 60% of the world’s food. We will learn how to recognise some
of the local native grasses, then take a walk in KWG and see how many we can
find. Please wear suitable footwear and hat, use sunscreen and insect
repellent and bring water. Visitors welcome.


November 7th

Leader: Jan Marshall
Topic: 'Leptospermums and Baeckeas'

Leptospernum Flower

Tea-trees grow from the coastal fringes, across the mountains and on the far
western plains of NSW. Come and learn about many of the local species of
leptospermums and see them in their natural environment at the KWG. Wendy
will also introduce you to some other plants of the Myrtaceae family such as
Baeckeas, the bush-tucker shrub Austromyrtus and the less well-known
red-flowering Darwinias.

November 14th

Leader: Bill and Noela Jones
Topic: 'Bird Walk


Come at the earlier time (9am) and in the final walk and talk for this year
at KWG, Bill and Noela will look and listen to the birds of the Garden with
you! They vary from the tiniest Blue Fairy Wrens to the larger birds like
Cockatoos and Ravens. They will also tell you how to have a bird friendly
garden! Please wear suitable footwear and a hat. Bring water and binoculars
if possible.