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Sutherland Group Meetings: Past Topics and Speakers

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December and January) at 8pm in the Gymea Community Hall, 39 Gymea Bay Road, Gymea.

Most recent talks first.

Note that from 2009 onwards, past speakers are listed by annual program of talks rather than the continuous list of speakers prior to 2009.









November 2008: The Australian Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne, Victoria
Speaker: Karlo Taliana from East Hills group
Karlo shared his visit to the Australian garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne, Victoria.
October 2008: Pressed native flowers
Speaker: Susan Lewis from Pressed Flower Designs of Lugarno
For a different look at native plants, Susan Lewis demonstrated how native flowers can be pressed and used in artworks and gifts. A great way to introduce your art-and-crafty friends and relatives to native flowers.
August 2008: The ups and downs of running a native plant nursery
Speaker: David Rose, Sydney Wildflower Nursery, HeathcoteBrian Roach
Dave has been involved with both commercial and retail native plant nurseries for many years. Until he took over the running of Sydney Wildflower Nursery at Heathcote, he ran the Forest Nursery that supplied plants to retail nurseries. He shared the problems and rewards of managing native plant nurseries.
July 2008: Selecting plants
Speaker: Brian Roach
Brian Roach from Westleigh Nursery, an experienced grower and propagator of Australian native plants, advised us on selecting Australian plants for a successful garden. He also had plants in tumblers for sale.
June 2008: Drifting Proteas or drifting continents?
Speaker: Dr Peter Weston
The Proteaceae family of plants includes some of Australia’s most spectacular and beautiful native flowers such as grevilleas, banksias, waratahs and hakeas. Varieties are also found across the southern hemisphere. Dr Peter Weston from the Royal Botanic Gardens shared his latest research on the evolution, distribution and historical biogeography of Protea family plants.
May 2008: Our beautiful local orchids
Speaker: Margaret Bradhurst
Margaret stunned us with photographs of our beautiful local native orchids. With her many years experience of looking for and photographing our local orchids, Margaret shared her enthusiasm and knowledge of these often hard to spot understorey plants. Margaret contributed many of the photos on Sutherland Group’s CD-Rom Coastal Plants of the Royal National Park.
April 2008: A closer look at flowers in My Garden
Speaker: Doug Rickard
The advertised speaker, Colin Gibson (who was to talk on rare and endagnered plants of the Bankstown area) was unable to present due to illness. Luckily Doug had enough warning to step up with his prepared presentation. Through close-up photos of flowers from his garden at Grays Pt, which features a lot of rock and not much topsoil, Doug revealed insights into colour of flowers, the world of bugs, his ruthless approach to gardening, and his favourites and not-so favourites.
March 2008: Cook's Kurnell
Speaker: Daphne Salt, local historian and author of Kurnell: Birthplace of Modern Australia.
Daphne spoke on Cook's Kurnell, where James Cook first set foot on Australian soil, where eastern Aboriginal and European cultures first met each other, and where Banks and Solander laid the foundations of scientific study of Australian plants.
February 2008: Protecting native plants from weeds: current control methods and what next
Speaker: - Tim Baker, Bush-It
How can we protect our native plants from weeds? It is estimated that weeds cost the Australian economy around $4 billion per year and that's just the monetary cost. There are other intangibles such as the long term health effects on plants and animals through the use of weed controlling herbicides. Tim's company specialises in the restoration of degraded sites. Tim talked about current control methods and what next: are there more weeds to come and what is being done to halt these potential threats?
November 2007: The Channel Country
Speaker: Lloyd Hodges from the Menai Wildflower Group
Lloyd talked about the channel country in South Western Queensland and the Northern Territory. The channel country forms the floodplains of the Coopers, Diamantina and Georgina Rivers which eventually flow into Lake Eyre. Lloyd gave an overview of the geography, climate and plants that grow here. Lloyd's interest in native plants began when he moved into the Shire in the 1980's and established an Australian native garden in order to attract and provide food and shelter for the indigenous birdlife.
October 2007: Identifying trees in Papua New Guinea
Speaker: Dr Barry Conn, National Herbarium of New South Wales
Barry has been working on an important project to develop interactive identification tools for the common trees of Papua New Guinea so that government and non-government agencies (particularly, foresters and loggers) are able to tell the important timber species from other non-timber trees.
Barry talked about progress after four years on the project, the challenges of working in a "least developed" country, the difficulties of working in wet humid tropical forests and coping with animals and plants that sting and bite, managing with minimal resources, dealing with inadequate government infrastructure and transport networks, and being confronted with social unrest - from rocks to guns.
August 2007: Plight of the Tasmanian Devil
Speaker: Santana Khurana
Santana talked about the Tasmanian Devil and Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), the disease that is threatening to wipe out the devil population in the wild. She is a wildlife enthusiast and a member of WIRES (Wildlife Information & REscue Service). With a friend from WIRES, Santana spent two weeks in May 2007 volunteering in a devil trapping program on the Forestier Peninsula in Tasmania. She will shared her experiences of this trip with the group.
July 2007: Mt Annan bird study
Speaker Allan Leishman
Allan talked about the results of a study he conducted of birds in the Mt Annan Botanic Gardens over a 25 year period. Allan advised the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, on the initial planting and subsequent management at Mount Annan, which played a part in their success at creating bird habitats.
June 2007: Bushfire Hazard Reduction Burns - Control and Management
Speaker: Martyn Kiellor, Community Safety Officer, NSW Rural Fire Service
Fire management is a cooperative process between various stakeholders, not the least of which is the land owner/manager. The Rural Fires Act places an obligation to prevent a fire from leaving land under your control, and to undertake works as directed. However in the real world there are many differing aspects of how this result is achieved. The question is how do we manage fire in this changing environment and still adhere to the principle of sustainable development. Martyn covered the roles of the different agencies, the planning process for hazard reduction, issues in native vegetation conservation and the relationship of the RFS with the NPWS (especially of the Royal National Park).
May 2007: The changing map of native vegetation
Speaker: Ian Drinnan, Senior Environmental Officer Sutherland Shire Council
The Menai West area has value for its significant flora, fauna and cultural significant sites, yet is under threat from many fronts.
April 2007: Propagating and preserving rare and endangered plants of the Sutherland Shire
Speaker: Ros Laver: Manager Sutherland Shire Council Nursery
The Sutherland Shire Council Nursery propagates thousands of native plants local to the area, for distribution in Bush Care and Green Web programs and to rate payers and also in regeneration of reserves, parks and gardens. Part of their mandate is to propagate and preserve the rare and endangered plants of the Shire. Ros shared her significant experience as Manager of the Council's Nursery in this important task.
March 2007: Banksias
Speaker: Cas Liber, Leader of the Banksia Study Group of the Australian Plants Society
Cas Liber is a medical doctor who has a wide interest in all aspects of nature, but specifically in Australian Banksias. Cas’ passion for Banksias has inspired a continuing search for knowledge of these wonderful plants. He talked about the unique and spectacular flowers of this genus, (for example some plants have up to 4,000 individual flowers in each inflorescence) and some interesting aspects of their classification and interrelationships. Cas’ talk was supported by an interesting selection of beautiful slides.
February 2007: Hidden Bushland Treasures in Sutherland Shire
Speaker: Christine Guthrie, Bushland Coordinator, Sutherland Shire Council
Christine highlighted some of the interesting but less well known bushland sites in the Shire.
November 2006: How geology has shaped the Royal National Park
Speaker: Ann Young
We’re familiar with biodiversity, but what about "geodiversity"? Geology shapes topography and soils that in turn shape habitat and vegetation that is further modified by fire. The flora and fauna in Royal National Park have evolved as they have due to their geological diversity, or "geodiversity". Ann Young, formerly with the University of Wollongong School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and co-author with husband Bob, of the recent book Understanding the Scenery - Royal National Park and Heathcote National Park, explained familiar local features and how geology has shaped RNP.
October 2006: From Ocean Shores to Desert Dunes - native vegetation in NSW
Speaker: David Keith, Department of Environment and Conservation
Dr David Keith spoke on his recent book Ocean Shores to Desert Dunes - The Native Vegetation of NSW and the ACT. A patchwork of native vegetation stretches, in 12 broad formations, across NSW from lush rainforests, towering eucalypt forests, alpine meadows, windswept heathlands and grassy plains to the harsh arid shrublands. David is a research scientist with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, now part of the Department of Environment and Conservation.
August 2006: Managing native vegetation in rail corridors
Speaker: Peter Semple
Our rail corridors often have some of the best native vegetation, particularly in dense urban areas. But they can also be full of weeds and trees that are at risk of falling on the tracks. Peter Semple, Environmental Specialist-Biodiversity from RailCorp, explained how the railways manage native vegetation to both protect the environment, and ensure safety and reliability for train services. He outlined RailCorp's environmental policies and some of the practical issues in implementing these policies. How will the Cronulla Line duplication project affect vegetation in the corridor?
July 2006: Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub
Speaker: Mick Forster, Conservation Officer for the Australian Plants Society NSW
Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub is an endangered ecological community surviving in a highly urbanised environment - the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Mick Forster is the Conservation Officer for the Australian Plants Society and conservation issues involving Australian native plants. He become involved in the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and discovered why it is so important.
June 2006: The Native Cut Flower Industry
Speaker: Gordon Meiklejohn
Australian native flowers boosted their profile with their use in the bouquets at the Sydney Olympic Games back in 2000, and are also represented with their own section in the Royal Easter Show. In fact, there are over 300 Australian cut flowers and foliage available to the market at any one time, and this number will continue to rise due to both local and international interest. How has the native cut flower industry capitalised on this increasing profile and interest, and what lies ahead?.
May 2006: Wildlife/vehicle collisions in the Royal National Park
Speaker: Vanessa Wilson
The Royal National Park is a complex ecosystem which exists on the fringe of an urban area facing many threats including from human activity such as driving through the park. Vanessa Wilson will present insights into animal life in Royal National Park based on her research into animal deaths through road kill. What is killed and why, and what does it tell us about life in RNP?
April 2006: Improving guidelines for restoring degraded bushland
Speaker: Cally Howe, University of Wollongong
University of Wollongong graduate, Cally Howe, will present results of her research into the characteristics of high quality bushland in three environments - ridges, gullies and riparian. Her work will lead to improved guidelines for the restoration of bushland disturbed during development including density, structure and mix of plants.
March 2006: Endangered local forest communities: Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forests and Sandstone-Shale Transition Forests
Speaker: Bob Crombie.
Sutherland Shire has two endangered local forest ecological communities: Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest and Sandsone-Shale Transition Forest. Sutherland resident and former TAFE teacher and NPWS ranger Bob Crombie will introduce these important local endangered communities including what they are, how to recognise them, where to see them, and why they should be protected. As well as our guest speaker, we have plants for sale from Ausplants Nursery, books to borrow, plant identification, bring and buy table, plant raffle, a free supper - and friendly people to chat with.
February 2006: The Georges Riverkeeper program - restoring bushland along the Georges River
Speaker: Simon Annabel, The Georges Riverkeeper
Simon Annabel, The Georges Riverkeeper, explained the program to rejuvenate the Georges River waterway which forms the northern boundary to Sutherland Shire. Bushland regeneration is being carried out at several locations along the river to improve water quality including at Little Salt Pan Creek, Chipping Norton Lakes and further upstream at Glenfield Causeway.
November 2005: Successful seed collecting from native plants
Speaker: Jason Salmon, Bushcare Officer Sutherland Council
Growing plants from seed is one of the most common methods of propagation and an important part of Bushcare programs. Where natural regeneration is not possible on a site, revegetation is an option using plants grown from locally collected seeds. Collecting seed from local plants to propagate plants for replanting helps ensure genetic diversity, indigenous provenance, and higher success rates. Jason Salmon, Bushcare Officer with Sutherland Council, will explain what's involved in successful seed collecting including when to go, what to look for, how to tell if seed is ready, which bit is the seed, how to collect it, how to prepare and store seed, and what equipment you need. As part of the volunteer propagation program, Jason helps Bushcare volunteers to collect seeds for propagation by Sutherland Council Nursery. You can join Jason on the third Wednesday of the month from 9 am - 12 noon.
October 2005: Koalas and their environment: the urban/bush interface in southern Sydney
Speaker: Associate Professor Rob Close, University of Western Sydney Despite threats from loss of habitat, motor vehicles, dogs, stress, bushfires and barriers to migration, koalas do survive in the Sydney region and in fact their numbers seem to be increasing. Associate Professor Rob Close of the University of Western Sydney described the studies he has been conducting and imparted some of the vast wealth of knowledge he has collated on koalas and their survival in southern Sydney from many years of study with support from local communities. Community awareness of original habitat destruction and the effect on fauna came to a boiling point when a koala was sighted at Wedderburn in 1986. And we learnt to tell the difference between koala and possum droppings.
August 2005: The Janet Cosh Herbarium
Speaker: Belinda Pellow, University of Wollongong
The Janet Cosh Herbarium: reaching out to the community. Janet Cosh, a woman with skill in drawing and observation and a deep love of the bush, left her meticulous collection of pressed plant specimens and drawings to the University of Wollongong. Her special gift has become the foundation of the Janet Cosh Herbarium which is reaching out to the community to provide expertise and education on local flora rarely found in a regional Herbarium. Belinda Pellow, Curator of the Herbarium, shared the remarkable story of Janet Cosh, her contribution to plant conservation and the future of the Herbarium as a unique resource for local land owners, councils and the community.
July 2005: Behind the scenes at Mt Annan.
Speaker: Caz McCallum, Managing Curator, Mt Annan Botanic Garden.
As Managing Curator of the Mt Annan Botanic Garden, Caz McCallum is just the person to give an insight into life behind the scenes at Mt Annan. Caz talked about the special features of Mt Annan and what the public doesn't see in research and education. We also heard about the challenges in managing Mt Annan and future plans for our premier native botanic garden.
June 2005: Tracing the family tree of plant relationships--the DNA story.
Speaker: Barbara Briggs
The powerful modern methods of DNA analysis have confirmed that many of the familiar plant families are indeed natural groups, but there are also major surprises. Who would have expected links between Proteaceae and waterlilies, Tetratheca and blueberry ash, or Veronica and Plantago? Barbara Briggs, Honorary research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens shared latest research and thinking on DNA and plant relationships
May 2005: Sutherland Shire Environment Centre
Speaker: Ruth Zeibots, Director
Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is a successful community-based environmental advocacy group. Established in 1991, it works in partnership with community and all levels of government towards a sustainable environment in the Sutherland Shire. Ruth Zeibots, a Board member of Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, has been active in many long-running campaigns and is the SSEC Volunteer Co-ordinator.
April 2005: Bushcare - past, present and future.
Speaker: John Salmon
With his 35 plus years working in Bushcare as a volunteer, student and leader, John Salmon has many experiences to draw on to talk about the past, present and future of Bushcare. He was there in the early days - before Roundup! - and is always enthusiastically thinking of improvements. Learn the secrets of retaining volunteers and look out for the latest version of John’s trolley.
March 2005: Seldom seen, rare plants of Sydney
Speaker: Alan Fairley
Well-known Oatley author Alan Fairley’s most recent book is “Seldom Seen - Rare Plants of Greater Sydney”. Based on his book, Alan will highlight a selection of plants rare in the Sydney district and discuss some of the reasons why these plants are seldom seen in situ around Sydney. As reported in the January 2005 edition of Bushcare Link, Alan was recently involved in spotting a likely new species in the Hibbertia stricta-riparia complex at Bangor Bypass.
February 2005: How Aborigines lived in Sutherland Shire.
Speaker: Les Bursill, local anthropologist and archaeologist
Les provided special insights on aboriginal life in the Sutherland Shire area - where the Dharawal people lived, the foods they ate, and the rock art they created - based on his own extensive research. His presentation included a series of short videos about Aboriginal use of plants for medicine. Les is a long-time resident of the Shire, active in the Sutherland Historical Society and the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre.
November 2004: Earthworks presentation
Speaker: Brad van Luyt, a Bushcare Office and “Earthworks” Trainer with the Sutherland Shire Council
Brad shared his experiences on subjects including composting and non-dig gardening.
October 2004: Rehabilitation Following Bitou Bush Removal
Speaker: Tanya Mason, University of Wollongong
Bitou bush is a Weed of National Significance that has infested more than 60% of the NSW coastline. It is an aggressive invader that quickly dominates existing vegetation. Bushcare and Dunecare volunteers are working hard on removal and there has been research into use of biological agents as control methods for bitou bush. But how can we restore the native coastal ecosystem once the bitou bush has gone? Tanya Mason, PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong, will present her research on rehabilitation following bitou bush removal.
August 2004: Beauty in small Things: Soil Lichens and Bryophytes on the Desert Fringe
Speaker: Dr David Eldridge, UNSW
Although rarely seen or noticed by many people, soil lichens and bryophytes are important components of desert soils, influencing the soil and the plants as well as the small animals inhabiting it. Dr David Eldridge, a research scientist at the University of NSW, will look at the diverse nature of these desert organisms, discuss how they cope with life in a hostile environment and why they are important for healthy, productive soils.
July 2004: Researching Grevilleas
Speaker: Peter Olde, Grevillea Study Group (Group Member and Grevillea Guru)
June 2004: Droseras
Speaker: Greg Bourke (Group Member)
Greg Bourke is a drosera enthusiast. He will share with us his excitement for this genus of small carnivorous herbs that includes over 50 species in Australia - most of them in south-western Western Australia. As well as being carnivorous, droseras (Sundews) are noted for their leaves being covered in red glandular hairs.
May 2004: The Great Kai’mai Way: A Vision for Walking Trails in the Shire
Speaker: Nick Benson, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre
Recent funding by the NSW Government means that, at last, this project is becoming a reality (see last month’s Newsletter).
April 2004: Bonsai with Native Plants
Speaker: Jan Briggs
Group member Jan Briggs is one of this country’s leading experts in the use of Australian native plants in Bonsai.
March 2004: Noxious Weeds in Sutherland Shire
Speaker: David Croft, Sutherland Council’s Noxious Weeds Officer
Plant threats and what we need to know about noxious weeds in our local area; the difference between noxious and environmental weeds, our local noxious weeds, identification and control, what Council is doing and what we can do. He’ll have samples of noxious weeds to look out for and some new fact sheets.
February 2004: Red Fire Ants
Speaker: Emma Kelly, NSW Department of Agriculture
Red Fire Ants are a menace that has the potential to destroy Australia’s outdoor lifestyle, its environment and its agricultural production. Hear about the impact of these introduced pests, learn how to identify them and their nests, first aid treatment and what YOU can do to help protect our flora and fauna.
November 2003: Understorey Plants for Native Gardens
Speaker: Bronwyn Rice
What do you plant in those shady spots underneath all those large shrubs and trees?
October 2003: The Use of Native Plants in a Cottage Garden
Speakers: John Aitken and Others
Not all houses lend themselves to being set in gardens full of Acacias, Grevilleas, Banksias and other large native shrubs. Many are more suited to being set in a cottage garden. This evening our speakers led by John Aitken will explore the types of native plants that can be used in such a garden.
August 2003: Impact of Deer on the Royal National Park
Speaker: Andrew Moriarty, NPWS
This talk was postponed because Andrew’s thesis was not reviewed in time.
July 2003:The Towra Point Wetlands
Speaker: Georgina Eldershaw, Ranger, Botany Bay Area, NPWS
An exploration of the history and ecology of the Towra Point Wetlands. This unique area includes a lagoon that provided fresh water for Aboriginal people and was marked on Cook’s maps of Botany Bay. Georgina will tell of the failed attempts to establish sheep grazing in the area and how migratory birds come to Towra Point each year from as far away as China and Japan.
June 2003: Bush Tucker
Speaker: John Lennis, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
John is well worth listening to, not only is he a good bloke, but he’s also a good speaker and certainly knows his stuff when it comes to bush tucker.
If you want to know what he looks like, take a peek at the front cover of the Sydney A-L White Pages Telephone Directory - he’s the chap telling Glenn McGrath all about our native foods.
May 2003: The pH of Soil
Speaker: Doug Rickard
No, not a talk about plants, but about pH measurement. The talk will touch on how differing pH levels affect your soil and your plants, what plants need, how to find out what soil type you’ve got, how to measure soil pH and if you need to change it, how to go about it. At the end of the Meeting you will be able to test the pH of all the soil samples you have brought along. For details on how, when and where to take a soil sample.
April 2003: Plant Propagation
Speaker: Antonio Ferraro, Lecturer in Plant Propagation, Padstow TAFE
This talk will cover containers and media used for the propagation of plants, the level of hygiene needed, propagation from seed and from cuttings and will touch on the more advanced techniques of micro-propagation and grafting. If you have any questions on propagation, then Antonio is the person to ask.
March 2003: Birds in the Suburbs
Speaker: Katherine Hely, University of Wollongong
Katherine will present results from her Honours research last year on the effect of native and exotic garden plants on the numbers and diversity of nectar-feeding birds in southern Sydney. Several Group members participated in the research by allowing Katherine to monitor birds on plants in their gardens.
February 2003: Landscaping
Speaker: Bruce Bryson, Padstow TAFE
Some humorous words of wisdom on the practicalities of landscaping in the average backyard and how to overcome the many problems and difficulties that are often encountered.
November 2002: The Shire's Greenweb Strategy
Speaker: Geoff Doret, Sutherland Shire Council
The Shire’s program is part of an overall Sydney Greenweb project launched in 1998. It is a regional approach to conserving the remaining biodiversity of the Sydney Basin.
October 2002: Ecoscaping the Shire
Speaker: Bob Crombie, local environmentalist
September 2002: Growing Native Orchids
Speaker: Neville Roper who is an expert on growing native orchids
Growing native orchids. This will be followed by our Annual Spring Flower Night so we expect the Plant Table to once again be weighed down with the usual masses flowers brought along by Group members.
August 2002: Birdscaping your Garden.
Speaker: Dr Kris French, University of Wollongong
We all love to see birds in our gardens, so get rid of the cat, put in native plants and come along to listen to Kris telling us all about how to attract birds to your garden and not kill them with kindness.
July 2002: Flannel Flowers.
Speaker: Glen Brooks, Mt. Annan Botanic Garden
A must for all those who have trouble growing Flannel Flowers in their garden.
June 2002: Plants as Therapy.
Speaker: Steve Batley - Landscape Architect
The practice of using plants and gardens to improve the health and well being of people.
May 2002: Grass Trees And The Long History Of Fires In The Royal National Park
Speaker: Dr. David Keith, National Parks and Wildlife Service
The recent bushfires in the context of the long history of such fires in the Royal National Park. Through all these fires the almost indestructible, slow growing Grass Trees have thrived. This is a talk not to be missed by anyone who has a love for the RNP and its Grass Trees. Doug Irving will also give us a preview of the Coast Track CD that, although not in its finished form, begins to look quite impressive.
April 2002: Multimedia Information for the Public on the Port Hacking Catchment and Royal National Park
Speaker: Allan House
Allan will discuss the data bases and the CDROM's he's producing on the flora, fauna and walking tracks of the Port Hacking Catchment and the RNP.
March 2002: Use of Australian Flowers for the Olympic Bouquets and Outcomes
Speaker: Jamie Creer who was involved in the Olympic bouquet program
How the flowers used were chosen, where they came from and the impact that this program had on the Australian native plant growing industry. (This is the talk that was planned for last November's meeting).
February 2002: Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands and Bushcare in Hurstville
Jason Cockayne, Hurstville Council
Hurstville Council has 11 Bushcare groups, with over 60 active volunteers, guided by three officers. One of these, Jason Cockayne, the Wetlands Officer with the Council, will speak on bushcare achievements in Hurstville, focusing on Lime Kiln Bay. He will illustrate his talk with photos of bushcare in action, including construction of wetlands.
November 2001: Use of Australian Flowers for the Olympic Bouquets and Outcomes - deferred to March 2002
Speaker: Jamie Creer who was involved in the Olympic bouquet program
How the flowers used were chosen, where they came from and the impact that this program had on the Australian plant growing industry.
October 2001: Plant Propagation Workshop
Definitely a 'Roll Your Sleeves Up - Get Your Hands Dirty' evening with experts on hand to show you how to propagate native plants.
September 2001: Member's Night
Annual Spring Flower Bonanza
August 2001: Terrestrial Orchids
Speaker: John Riley, an expert on terrestrial orchids and a noted botanical illustrator
Terrestrial Orchids, form, colour and capturing their beauty on paper.
July 2001: Permaculture
Speaker: Paul Osmond from the University of NSW
The principles of permaculture with an emphasis on Australian plants and bush tucker.
June 2001: Plant Hunting in Australia
Speaker: Phillip Moore
Phillip Moore’s fascination with Australian flora was kindled many years ago by the delightful bushland around his home at Menai. He’s long had very close ties with our Group and was President for a number of years. He has travelled widely across Australia studying and photographing plants and his book has become a standard reference work for lovers of Australian flora. No one interested in collecting or photographing plants or travelling in the remote outback should not miss this talk.
May 2001: Native Conifers
Speaker: Merle Thompson
While conifers form a major component of the world’s flora and northern hemisphere conifers are widely grown in sub-tropical areas of Australia, native conifers are not well known and not widely grown. The talk by Blue Mountains Group member Merle Thompson will examine Australian conifers including interesting associations of species in specific areas, one of which is the area where the newly discovered Wollemi pine occurs. Merle will discuss issues regarding the conservation of Australian conifers, especially the rarer species, and the need to preserve significant individual trees. The value of Australian conifers in horticulture will also be discussed.
April 2001: Comparing Australian Alpine Plants with other Mountain Plants Worldwide
Speaker: Barbara Briggs, Botanist
Botanist and Sutherland Group member Barbara Briggs will share her vast knowledge of Alpine Plants with the Group. All those who went up to Charlotte Pass in January know just how vast Barbara’s store of knowledge is on these plants.

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