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2017 Valette Williams Scholarship recipient is Aaron Phillips.

Congratulations to Aaron Phillips, recipient of the 2017 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany.

Aaron at work in a glasshouse.

Aaron is a Master of Research student within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

His topic is: Surveying evolutionary drift in heat tolerance genes from Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) relative to local Sydney populations

Read more about Aaron here.

This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to Honours, Masters and PhD students of Botany.



August 27th (Sunday)



Wildflower Art and Garden Festival 2017

FREE entry!

9am -4pm
at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
420 Mona Vale Road
St Ives.

FREE entry!

Wide range of plants and flowers for sale

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A bunch of wild flowers
  Plant sales  





September 8th

Speaker: Barry Lees
Topic: 'Show-and-tell plants from your garden’

Spring is a magic time for gardeners, with the scents of flowers and the hum of bees in the air! It is a good time to share your passion with other gardeners. Please bring to the meeting a cutting from your favourite plant, and tell us why you like it. If your favourite plant is not in flower, bring a cutting along anyway and tell us about it. Attach a label with your name and the plant name so that others can ask you more about it later. We will go home with lots of new ideas on what we might plant in our own gardens.

A grevillia flower

Down load the 2017 speakers program.


Walks and Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden 2017.

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Down load a one page brochure (pdf) of the 2017 program.

August 28th

Leader: Helen Theile
Topic: 'Pea (Family Fabaceae)'

Pea flowers

This is a very large group of plants occurring widely in the northern and southern hemispheres. Domesticated varieties are major foods: green peas and beans, peanuts, soya beans and grain legumes. Most local species have yellow flowers with a splash of red but some of the climbers come in dark reds and vivid purples. They are also a favourite food of the local wildlife. The talk will be complemented by a walk to see flowering examples within the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.

September 4th

Leader: Bill Jones
Topic: 'Orchids (Family Orchidaceae)'

Beard Orchid Flower

There are over 35 species at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden! However they are mostly ground orchids and often hard to find because they flower irregularly. Learn about these attractive, fascinating plants and their unusual features and requirements. Join Bill Jones to find out about these interesting plants.




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Last up-dated 14th. August 2017

We are affiliated with Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd which is part of the national body the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) inc. (ANPSA).