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Coming Events

The Society's Regions and District Groups all hold a range of activities throughout the year. Activities include plant sales, wildflower exhibitions, tree and shrub plantings, bush regeneration days, garden visits, bushwalks and regular meetings.

The activities listed here are by no means a complete programme of all activities. They have been selected as being of particular interest to those who are not (yet?) Society members. They also include activities by other organisations.

Details of other Society activities can be obtained from these web sites of the Society's Regional Groups:

Events - 2017

April 2017 Adelaide, South Australia

Autumn Expo and Plants Sale
Saturday 29 (10am to 5pm) and Sunday 30 (10am to 4pm)

The days are getting shorter, and we are waiting expectantly for the winter rains to come. A great time of year for establishing a garden featuring Australian native plants. What better way to spend a few hours on the weekend at the Australian Plants Society (South Australia) Autumn Expo and Plants Sale.

This year the Expo, and Plants Sale will be on the weekend of 29th and 30th April, starting at 10:00am each day. Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville, in the Stirling Angas Hall. A gold coin donation is invited for admission.

There will be South Australian grown plants, books for sale, free soil pH testing, Advice, Workshops, Children's Activities and more!

This year, we are featuring a "Festival of Eucalypts" in celebration of Dean Nicolle's new book "Smaller Eucalypts for planting in Australia".

Workshops include:

  • Dean Nicolle: "The Eucalypts- Their Diversity and Ecology"
  • Thelma Vanderpeer: "Pruning natives"
  • Dean Nicolle: "Eucalypts for Gardens- Some Old Favourites & Exciting New Species"
  • Kristen Messenger from "Bugs 'n' Slugs"
  • Kate Delaporte "Gumnuts Galore: a continuing and consuming passion"

There will also be Children's Activities with Kate Hubmayer author of "Nature craft for Aussie Kids".

Check the APS (SA) website closer to the day for changes and updates and a list of plants that we expect to be available.

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People have told us they enjoy meeting people at the Plants Sales who share a passion for Australian Plants.

May 2017 Brisbane, Queensland

Autumn Plant Sale
Saturday 6 (9am to 3pm)

The Society's Queensland Region's autumn sale will be held at the Grovely TAFE Campus, Keperra (UBD Map 138:E1 or Gregory's Map 116:F5).

A range of plants from experienced SGAP growers will be on sale, as well as expert advice on plant care and landscaping.

Bulli, New South Wales

Open Days, Illawarra Grevillea Park
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7; 10am to 4pm

The enclosed section of the Park is only open on six weekends per year. It is a showplace for many plants; there are hundreds of grevilleas and a wide range of other native species in a landscaped setting.

The Park is located at the rear of Bulli Showground - turn off the Pacific Highway at the Woonona-Bulli Sports Club, just south of Slacky Creek). It is just a short walk from the Bulli railway station. Admission to the enclosed area is $5 (accompanied children free).

Barbecue and picnic facilities available. Bring your lunch and make it a family day! Drinks on sale at the old Sherbrooke chapel (which also has a displays and an abundance of literature on native plants).

Special openings for tours from groups (such as bus tours by Garden Clubs) can be arranged.

Apart from the Open Days, there are two unenclosed sections which are accessible 365 days a year.

  • Rear Rainforest Section: This is a popular area for walkers and access is either from Seymour St (off Cope Place), Bulli or walking around the northern boundary fence. This area is for walkers only and other forms of activity are forbidden.
  • Front Section: This area is RMA land which is maintained by The Grevillea Park. It provides open land as well as many plantings.

See the Park's web site for further details.

Bulli, New South Wales

Open Days, Illawarra Grevillea Park
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14; 10am to 4pm

See details above.

July 2017 Bulli, New South Wales

Open Days, Illawarra Grevillea Park
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2; 10am to 4pm

See details above.

Bulli, New South Wales

Open Days, Illawarra Grevillea Park
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9; 10am to 4pm

See details above.

September 2017 Bulli, New South Wales

Open Days, Illawarra Grevillea Park
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3; 10am to 4pm

See details above.

Bulli, New South Wales

Open Days, Illawarra Grevillea Park
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10; 10am to 4pm

See details above.

Brisbane, Queensland

Spring Flower Show and Plants Market
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 (9am to 3pm).

The Society's Queensland Region's annual show will be held at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. .

  • Displays of native flora
  • Great range of native plants for sale
  • Plant information

Events - 2018

January 2018 Hobart, Tasmania
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ANPSA Biennial Conference
Monday 15 to Friday 19

Every two years ANPSA hosts a Conference and Seminar program featuring lectures, workshops and field trips highlighting the diversity of Australia's native flora. Each Conference is organised by one of ANPSA's seven regional branches, on a rotating basis.

In 2018, the Conference will be held in the capital of Tasmania, Hobart.

Theme: Grass Roots to Mountain Tops

Hobart, Tasmania's Capital, is a friendly and beautiful city set on the Derwent River and overlooked by an ever-changing Mt. Wellington. It has a fascinating history which is experienced when wandering though the city and observing its preserved heritage of World Heritage and convict sites.

Hobart experiences four distinct seasons. During summer in January the average temperatures range from 12 - 23oC, it is also one of the driest months but pack a rainproof jacket and be prepared to dress in layers.

Tasmania produces a wide variety of excellent quality produce and beverages which can be enjoyed during the conference and at local restaurants and markets. One of the most famous is Salamanca market which operates each Saturday morning. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden has a spectacular view over the river and is celebrating its bicentenary in 2018. The Theatre Royal, Australia's oldest continuously operating Theatre, was originally built in 1834 and there is MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art and not to be missed for an extraordinary art fix.

Then there is the wilderness, within minutes the city can be left behind to venture into the rainforests and mountains and January is the time to see Richea scoparia in flower.

Key Dates
  • 1 July 2017: Early-bird registration opens
  • 30 September 2017: Early-bird registration closes
  • 15 November 2017: Standard registration closes
  • 8 January 2018: Start of King Island and Alpine to Rainforest tours
  • 9 January 2018: Start of Hobart Environs Tour
  • 13 January 2018: Bruny Is. Day tour
  • 15-19 January 2018: Conference
  • 20 January 2018: Start of Alpine to Rainforest tours
    Bruny Is. Day tour

Pre-Conference Tour 1 - Alpine to Rainforest: Monday 8 to Friday 12 January - 5 days

  • Distinctively Tasmanian floras are those of alpine areas and cool temperate rainforest. Each flora abounds in Tasmanian endemics with Gondwanan ancestry.

    Join us for five days as we explore these along with some magnificent glaciated scenery and other special places. We will travel from Hobart and stay two nights in motel-type accommodation in the highlands near Great Lake, then two nights on the West Coast in Queenstown. Days will be spent on a comfortable bus taking in historic places or short walks on mostly level, well-graded tracks. Included will be a visit to the incredible Huon pine carvings displayed at The Wall and the magnificent scenery of Lake St Clair.

    Some may choose to miss some of the best bits out of Queenstown and organise themselves on a day trip on the Wilderness Railway.

Pre-Conference Tour 2 - King Island: Monday 8 to Friday 12 January - 5 days via Melbourne

  • Magnificent scenery, rugged cliffs to the West and white sandy beaches to the East, a lighthouse North and South, and a wide selection of flora. Stunning views in all directions, shipwrecks all around the coast, one still visible, and wind complete the picture of King Island.

    We will spend five days and four nights on the island flying from Melbourne's Tullamarine airport, in a light plane that will complete the trip in one hour and has a maximum baggage allowance of 15kg. Once on the island, two off-road vehicles will be our transport. Accommodation is at Waverider which is backpacker style accommodation. All meals, transfers, Park and Museum entries are included in the package.

    For more information on this tour please contact Jill Clark at

Pre-Conference Tour 3 - Hobart Environs: Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 January - 4 days

  • This tour's accommodation will be based in Hobart and the participants will travel daily to their destinations. If you choose to go on this tour one of your day trips will be to Mount Field National Park. The park is 75 km North-west of Hobart, is currently 22,000 hectares in size and celebrated its Centenary in 2016.

    Mt Field National Park is one of Tasmania's most loved national parks. The park has a wide variety of scenic features and wildlife and offers a great range of facilities for day visitors. Few other national parks in Australia offer such a diversity in vegetation, ranging from tall swamp gum forests and massive tree ferns at the base of the mountain, through rainforest along the Lake Dobson Road, to alpine vegetation at the higher elevations.

Pre-Conference One Day Excursion - Bruny Island: Saturday 13 January - 1 day

  • An 8am start will be necessary to avoid the ferry queues waiting to cross D'Entrecasteaux Channel. We will stop to inspect some coastal vegetation near Great Bay before crossing the Neck separating North and South Bruny. The Inala Jurassic Garden (Gondwana species) will be the next destination for morning tea, a tour of the garden and lunch.

    Our next stop will be Jetty Beach where lighthouse supplies were unloaded to transport to the nearby Cape Bruny lighthouse. From Jetty Beach, we will walk a small section of Luggaboine Track on Labillardierre Peninsula with its varied vegetation, and hopefully see late flowers of the Blandfordia punicea before heading back to the ferry.

Conference Program
  • Sunday 14 January: Registration
  • Monday 15 to Friday 19 January: Half day talks and half day excursions
  • Monday 15: Reception at Government House Hobart
  • Tuesday 16: A J Swaby Address (open to the public)
  • Tuesday 16: Australian Plants Awards
  • Thursday 18: Conference dinner

Featured Speakers: Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Key Note Speaker; Mark Fountain, Bicentenary of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and James Wood, A J Swaby Address.

Post-Conference One Day Excursion - Bruny Island: Saturday 20 January - 1 day. This will be a repeat of the pre-conference trip.

Post-Conference Tour 1 - Alpine to Rainforest: Saturday 20 to Wednesday 24 - 5 days. This will be a repeat of the pre-conference tour.

Post-Conference Tour 2 - King Island: Saturday 20 to Wednesday 24 January - 5 days via Melbourne. This will only be on offer if the first tour fills up and will be a repeat of the pre-conference trip.

Expressions of interest: to receive updates, register or update your details or indicate your tour preferences please send your details to:
or mail to:
APST Inc. P O Box 3035, Ulverstone MDC, Ulverstone, Tasmania 7310.

Venue: The Conference Venue is now Wrest Point, Hobart, with accommodation, excellent conference facilities and stunning views of the Derwent River but most importantly it is a flat and navigable site with space for lectures, displays, meeting places, happy hour and dinners.

Accommodation: The conference venue, Wrest Point Hobart, has reserved a block of rooms and the Conference Committee will be providing a list of alternate accommodation. We suggest you book your accommodation as early as possible, Hobart becomes very busy in January.

Travel: Those who plan to travel by car across Bass Straight should book early and will need to allow 3 hours to drive from the Spirit of Tasmania Terminal in Devonport to Hobart.


The registration fee entitles all delegates to the following:
  • All sessions
  • Transport: buses to and from daily excursions, reception at Government House
  • Conference bag: program booklet, excursion cup and bag
  • Social function: reception at Government House
  • Catering: morning tea, lunches and afternoon tea
Registration will be on-line and the costs are as follows:
  • Early bird - $396
  • Standard registration $440
  • Day registration $125
  • Conference dinner $65, not included in registration

The preliminary details outlined above can be downloaded in PDF form.

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