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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.



August 12th

Speaker Holly Parsons
Topic: *Birdscaping your garden’

Australia has a wonderful array of birdlife, including those in our parks and gardens. But life in the suburbs is tough and our urban bird community is changing – with big and bossy birds becoming more common. There are things we as individuals can do though to help our local bird life.
Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program from BirdLife Australia about the birds that live where people live. The program was developed in response to the loss of small native birds from our parks and gardens, the rapid expansion of our urban landscape and the subsequent loss of habitat for native birds. As well as focussing on birds, we also want to foster a love of the environment and a connection with nature in the community. Come along and learn about them and some ways you can make your native garden a little more bird-friendly.

A yellow Robin

Group Walk

August - to be confirmed



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

More information

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

August 1st

Leader: Wendy Grimm
Topic: ‘Grevilleas and Hakeas (Family Proteaceae) ’

Grevillia flower

Both red and grey spider flowers are in abundance in Sydney sandstone bushland in late winter and early spring, and we may spot pink or white spider flowers growing among rocky outcrops. These Grevilleas are easy to learn to recognise and are part of the Proteaceae family of plants. In comparison, the Hakeas have small, light coloured flowers but bear large, woody seed capsules that persist on the shrub for many years. Their fruit aid greatly with their identification. As we walk around the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden after the talk, we will recognise many of these plants and learn more about where they grow and their common characteristics.


August 8th

Robert Failes
‘Acacias (Family Fabaceae, Subfamily Mimosoideae) ’

Acacia flowers

Acacias - or wattles as they are commonly known - are one of Australia's most important and best-loved plant groups. Their common names such as Sunshine Wattle conjure-up cheery visions of green and gold. The Golden Wattle, Acacia pycnantha is Australia's national flower. Acacias are used by Aboriginal peoples for food, weapons, tools and ornaments. They are easy to grow and grow rapidly. We'll look at the many local species and some planted Acacias as we walk around the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden after the talk.



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Last up-dated 25th. July 2016

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