North Shore Group


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April 11th

Speaker: Trevor Wilson
Topic: ‘Mint Bushes and Lamiaceae’

Mint bushes are very popular native plants. They are favourites because their splashes of purple are scattered in the bush in late spring and for the rest of the year the perfume of their crushed leaves reminds us of their presence in our gardens. Prostantheras and their relatives are also the subject of Trevor Wilson’s  research at the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney. Trevor will outline how he is using morphological and molecular techniques with this group of plants to identify new species, to understand how they have colonised the Australian continent, and to understand more about pollination in Australia.

A mint bush in flower

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

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March 24th

Alec Fisher
‘Parts of the Plant – Leaves and Stems’

An immature leaf which ired and very hairy

Most of us take leaves for granted but the story of leaves is one of great variety and complexity. They are nature’s solar cells powering their food factories that nurtures plants and which, in many cases, provide nourishment for browsing animals and us humans. There is a diversity of form and structure of leaves but this can provide valuable aids into identification of plants down to that of a particular plant species.
Join with Alec to explore that marvel of nature – Leaves

March 31st

Leader: Helen Theile
Topic: ‘Banksias (Proteaceae)’

A eucalypt tree

Many of the eight species of Banksias in the Kuringgai Wildflower Garden are flowering now, so come and learn about them, in the Talk & Walk session at
the Garden's Bushland Education Centre. You'll hear how the Banksia genus was named after Sir Joseph Banks who collected specimens from Botany Bay in 1770. The talk will help you identify the various species from leaf samples, followed by an inspection of specimens growing in the Garden. You'll also hear about Banksia communities in their natural environment in the Sydney region.



Application are now open for the 2014 Valette Williams Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to honours and post-graduate students in Botany.

More information including past recipients and application forms are available here.


2013 Valette Williams Scholarship Recipients. - ANNOUNCED

This year’s recipient is Jessica Mowle.

Jessica is a PhD student at the University of Western Sydney.

More details are available here.

The Valette Williams Scholarship in Botany is offered by the North Shore Group, for Honours, Masters or PhD students in botany.







Who are we?

We are a group of people with various interests
in Australian Native Plants.

Our interests include:

  • Plant identification including courses
  • Plant propagation
  • Growing plants
  • Plant ecology
  • Rare and threatened species
  • Bushwalking
  • Photography
  • Conservation of Australian plants
  • Bush regeneration
  • Garden design

The APS North Shore Group is based in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, NSW Australia. Our members come from wide area, from Galston in the north west to St Ives in the east and as far south as Concord. However you do not have to live in the area to join.




Members at a plant sale

Our activities include:



Last up-dated 20th March 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).