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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 11th

Frank Koehler
'Australian snails and slugs'

Frank Koehler is a research scientist with the Australian Museum. His field is malacology, or the study of snails and slugs. He has been on ABC radio answering questions from listeners. He helped discover new species of snails on islands off the Kimberly coast in Western Australia and recently named a snail in south-east Tasmania in honour of David Attenborough. He has been involved in a study of endangered snails on Lord Howe Island as part of its rat and mouse eradication project.

Tonight Frank will tell us more about some of this work, and also speak about some of the snails and slugs we might see in the northern Sydney region.

A native snail

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.

Note term three starts July 24th.


July 31st.

Leader: Margarita Clayton
Topic: 'Boronias and other Family Rutaceae'

Eriostemon flowers

Have you ever wondered about the pink flowered plants that make such a show in the bush from late winter through to spring? Come and enjoy seeing the local species of Boronias and the elegant pink wax flower, Eriostemon australasius. Many species in the Rutaceae family attract birds and an interesting range of insects including solitary bees, flies, moths and ants.

August 7th.

Leader: Robert Failes
Topic: ‘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 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).