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The Conference Program

All conference proceedings will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport which is in Bruce, an inner north suburb of Canberra. Ample free parking will be available.

Full Registration is $395 and includes free bus to National Institutions on Sunday, all presentations, excursions, morning and afternoon teas and lunches Monday to Friday. An Early Bird discount of $40 applies until 1 July 2015.

Part (daily) Registration is also available at $90 per day and includes morning and afternoon teas, lunch, presentations and excursion.

Evening meals, accommodation and Pre- and Post-Conference Tours are not included in the Registration fees but are available for inclusion in registration at additional cost.


Sunday 15 November

TimeProgram Item
9:00 am Meeting of Executive and Delegates in meeting room
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Free culture shuttle bus runs hourly from AIS to National Gallery, National Museum, War Memorial and other attractions for all registrants
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch for Executive and Delegates
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Continuation of meeting if needed
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Meeting of new Executive and primary delegates


Monday 16 November

TimeProgram Item
9.00 am - 9:15 am Conference opening with Welcome to Country
9:15 am - 9:30 am Welcome by President of ANPS Canberra Region
9:30 am - 10:30 am David Headon on the history of Canberra as a Garden City
10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea/Coffee
11:00 am – 11:45 am Edwina Robinson on the development of Canberra wetlands
11:45 am - 12:00 noon Eremophila Study Group
12:00 noon - 12:30 pm Brad Pillans on the National Rock Garden
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm – 5.00 pm Excursions
Evening Meeting of Study Group Leaders and Coordinators


Tuesday 17 November

TimeProgram Item
9:00 am – 10:00 am David Taylor on the Australian National Botanic Gardens, its history and future
10:00 am – 10:15 am Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group: Maria Hitchcock
10:15 am – 10:30 am Australian Plants as Bonsai: Roger Hnatiuk
10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea/Coffee
11:00 am – 12:00 noon Rosemary Purdie on comparative vegetations
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm – 5.00 pm Excursions
Evening Meeting of Study Groups


Wednesday 18 November

TimeProgram Item
9:00 am – 10:00 am Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn on the Asteraceae
10:00 am – 10:45 am Anthony O’Halloran on fire recovery in the Warrumbungles
10:45 am - 11:15 am Morning Tea/Coffee
11:15 am – 12:00 noon Roger Farrow on alpine plants
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Dryandra Study Group Margaret Pieroni
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm – 5.00 pm Excursions
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Art work on view/sale to public
7.30 pm Awards and A.J Swaby Lecture: Angus Stewart


Thursday 19 November

TimeProgram Item
9:00 am – 10:00 am Mark Clements on orchids, orchid evolution
10:00 am – 10:15 am Acacia Study Group: Bill Aitchison
10:15 am – 10:30 am Garden Design Study Group: Ben Walcott
10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea/Coffee
11:00 am – 12:00 noon Geoff Butler on Weeds of the ACT
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Maria Hitchcock on rare and endangered plants
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm – 5.00 pm Excursions
6.30 pm Conference Dinner and after dinner speaker: Ian Fraser


Friday 20 November

TimeProgram Item
8.30 am – 12 noon Excursions
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Rainer Rehwinkel on ACT grasslands
2.15 pm - 2:30 pm Hakea Study Group: Paul Kennedy
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Grevillea Study Group: Peter Olde
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Afternoon Tea/Coffee
3.15 pm – 3:45 pm Introduction to Biennial Conference 2017 in Tasmania
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Conference summary and close
4:00 pm - 6.00 pm Plant Sale


Conference Excursions

Each day of the conference, there will be 5 different excursions to:

  • A. Australian National Botanic Gardens
  • B. National Arboretum, Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park, National Bonsai Collection and National Rock Garden
  • C: Pillans Garden and Queanbeyan Nature Reserve
  • D. Kowen Traveling Stock Route and associated grasslands
  • E. Walcott Garden


Conference Dinner

The dinner will be held in the Arena of the AIS and will feature after dinner speaker Ian Fraser. Ian is a Canberra naturalist who has written extensively about local plants. He is the tour guide who will lead a day long pre- and post-conference day tour of the Brindabella Mts. Ian is a passionate speaker on native plants and was given the Australian Plant Award in 2001.


Book, Plant and Artwork Sales

During the conference, a large variety of books on native plants and ecosystems will be for sale at times to be announced. In addition, the new revised fifth edition of “Australian Plants for Canberra Region Gardens” will be available.

Canberra has a large number of talented botanic artists and their work will be both on display and some will be for sale. It is a great opportunity to acquire some botanically accurate artwork and to support these artists. They will be available for viewing during the conference.

A plant sale will be held at the end of the conference. Plants will be provided by Australian Native Plants Society member growers who will be providing a variety of unusual and interesting plants, including some grafted plants.