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2017 Valette Williams Scholarship recipient is Aaron Phillips.

Congratulations to Aaron Phillips, recipient of the 2017 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany.

Aaron at work in a glasshouse.

Aaron is a Master of Research student within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

His topic is: Surveying evolutionary drift in heat tolerance genes from Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) relative to local Sydney populations

Read more about Aaron here.

This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to Honours, Masters and PhD students of Botany.



August 27th (Sunday)



Wildflower Art and Garden Festival 2017

FREE entry!

9am -4pm
at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
420 Mona Vale Road
St Ives.

FREE entry!

Wide range of plants and flowers for sale

More information

A bunch of wild flowers
  Plant sales  





October 13th

Speaker: Mary-Lou Lewis
Topic: 'Reducing stormwater impacts on bushland'

Enjoying the bushland, its magnificent flora and fauna is a passion of mine. I have been employed in the bushland environment for over twenty years, that’s a lot! Originally trained in recreation I then moved over to Park management, bush regeneration and horticulture. I am currently employed by Ku-ring-gai Council to run the Environmental Levy program. The Levy provides $2m every year to address urban impacts to protect bushland. This talk will look at stormwater, just one of those impacts. Discussions will include the degrading effects of stormwater, council’s attempts to remediate those impacts and opportunities for home owners to also manage stormwater through reuse, infiltration and landshaping, stormwater polishing and water quality. Or, what the industry describes as Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).

Mary-Lou Lewis

Down load the 2017 speakers program.


Walks and Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden 2017.

More information

Down load a one page brochure (pdf) of the 2017 program.

Last session for term 3 term starts on the 9th October

September 18th

Leader: Robert Failes
Topic: Western Mueller Track (bring lunch & water) return about 3pm

Whipbird Gulley

We take the opportunity to study the vegetation along the Mueller Track as it roughly follows Ku-ring-gai Creek in the western part of KWG. This track supports a surprising number of plants not found elsewhere in KWG. Please wear suitable footwear. Bring a hat, water and a packed lunch to eat near the top of Phantom Falls.

Start of Term 4

October 9th

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.




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Last up-dated 17th. September 2017

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