North Shore Group


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October 9th

Speaker: Helen Smith
Topic: ‘ Spiders’

Helen is an arachnologist with a long association with the Arachnology section in the Australian Museum in Sydney. She is also a casual Interpretive Officer at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, where the APS holds Monday Walks and Talks.
In the leafy North Shore environment we frequently encounter spiders in our gardens, the bush, and sometimes in our houses. Most spiders feed on insects and are useful pest controllers; but uncertainty about which ones can harm us can sometimes lead to misguided reactions.

In this talk, Helen will you introduce you to some of the more common spiders you are likely to see in the area, and show you how to identify “the usual suspects”.

Female Trap door Spider


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

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Down load a one page brochure (pdf) of the 2015 program.

October 12th

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 19th

Leader: Wendy Grimm
Topic: ‘Callistemons, Kunzeas, and Melaleucas (Family Myrtaceae)’

A calistomon flower - red bottle brush

This is the second of three topics devoted to genera of the Myrtaceae
Red Bottlebrushes dominate the streetscapes of Ku-ring-gai with a
spectacular display in spring. These hardy plants are bird attractors and
bring a procession of honey eaters to the Garden each year. Learn how to
identify the local Callistemons and the related Melaleucas and Kunzeas and
get to know a few species suitable for growing in your home garden during
the Talk and see them on the Walk in KWG. Plant nurseries have long
recognised the horticultural potential of Bottlebrushes and many cultivars
have been developed.


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Last up-dated 25th.September 2015

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