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2014 Valette Williams Scholarship Recipients. - ANNOUNCED

This year’s recipient is Desi Quintans

Desi is a Bachelor of Science student, University of Western Sydney, undertaking his Honours year.

about the scholarship.

Photo of Desi Quintans

Application forms for 2015 Valette Williams Scholarship will be available later this year.



November 14th

Speaker: Margarita Clayton
Topic: ‘ Lomandras and Xanthorrhoeas’

Lomandra longifolia is common in the local bush and gardens and is well-known for the micro-habitat that it provides for frogs and insects. Less obvious except to the close observer are the many smaller Lomandras such as Lomandra brevis and L. obliqua. For most Lomandras the male and female flowers are found on separate plants. Grass Trees are another popular strappy-leafed plant and they often bear tall flower spikes in response to fire. They provide a feast for insects, insectivorous birds and honeyeaters. Margarita’s talk will cover many species belonging to these two plant genera.

Margarita is an active volunteer with NSG at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and with National Parks in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Muogamarra. Her photos of wildflowers of Muogamarra are legendary.

Lomandra brevis in flower


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

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October 20th

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 27th

Leader: Barry Lees
Topic: ‘Grasses (Family Poaceae) ’

Grass head of flowers

Grasses are one of the most diverse and abundant plant groups and yet they
generally escape our notice until they are flowering and have seedheads.
Grasses supply 60% of the world’s food. We will learn how to recognise some
of the local native grasses, then take a walk in KWG and see how many we can
find. Please wear suitable footwear and hat, use sunscreen and insect
repellent and bring water. Visitors welcome.



Last up-dated 19th. October 2014

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