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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.



June 10th
Ian Thompson
‘Insects in your garden’

Before retirement, he worked as a Research Scientist and Entomologist in the development of products for the control of urban insect pests that invade the home, and in particular insects that are vectors of disease such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, dust mites, houseflies and the like. His leisure interests include photography and bush-walking.
His talk will include discussion on insect habit, reproduction and life cycle of some insects and other arthropods found in and around the home garden, together with information on plant - insect interactions and a look at beneficial insects that are encouraged in the garden environment.

Ian Thompson portraitButterfly head up close.

Group Walk

June 12th (Sunday)

To be announced


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

More information

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

May 23rd

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

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

May 30th

Leaders: Margarita Clayton
Topic: 'Lomandras’

Lomandra in flower

Lomandra longifolia is common in the local bush and well-known for the micro-habitat that it provides for frogs and insects. Less obvious except to the close observer are the smaller Lomandras. For most Lomandras the male and female flowers are found on separate plants.




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Last up-dated 16th.May 2016

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