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2016 Valette Williams Scholarship Recipients. - ANNOUNCED

This year’s recipient is Johanna Wong

Photo of This year’s recipient is Johanna Wong

Johanna is a PhD student at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University.
Her topic is: Developing metabolic ‘biomarkers’ for the early diagnosis of Armillaria root rot in eucalypts of the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland

More details are available here.



October 14th

Speaker: Marion Anstis
Topic: ‘ Frogs and tadpoles’

Coming from her profession as a high-school music teacher, Dr Marion Anstis is now associated with Newcastle University and the Australian Museum. She has had a lifetime passionate interest in studying which tadpole becomes which frog. She has published numerous papers in scientific journals about tadpoles and frogs, and has produced three books, of which the last was presented for her PhD and has been published by New Holland. Her presentation will highlight the research involved in her latest book and introduce us to selected frogs and tadpoles including some of our local frogs.

A frog


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

More information

Down load a one page brochure (pdf) of the 2016 program.

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.



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