North Shore Group

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Past Events 2010


Past Events 2010

Friday 10th. December 2010

Christmas Party
at the
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Weekend Trip 5, 6 & 7th November 2010

Weekend Trip to Gloucester

Gloucester is about 3 hours drive north of Sydney. It gives access to the beautiful Barrington Tops and Gloucester Tops, to which we will make day trips. The unique qualities of the National Parks here result from the fertile volcanic soils and the high tableland setting. There are areas of beautiful rainforest park, including Antarctic Beech forest, lookouts and plenty of walking and picnicing opportunities.

A tentative booking has been made at the Gloucester Holiday Park for a number of ensuite cabins to accommodate our group. They range from $55-$75 per night.

If you would like to join the group for this weekend, please notify of your interest now. The weekend trips are popular and to secure your cabin, please don’t delay.

Contact Sue Fredrickson for further details. Email pfreddo@bigpond.net.au is preferred, or phone 98752509, evenings.


Sunday 29th August 2010

Festival of Wild Flowers - IT'S FREE

9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens
420 Mona Vale Rd
 St Ives

Cost:    FREE

Find out more!

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Thursday 12th August 2010

Hunters and Collectors Seminar

morning session 9.00 -12.30
afternoon session 1.30 - 4.00

Parliament House, Macquarie St., Sydney

Discover the Plant Hunters!
Hear from modern-day plant hunters and collectors as they share their experiences and adventures with the Friends of The Gardens in a one-day seminar at Parliament House, Sydney
David Howard, horticulturist and former gardener to royalty, returns from the UK and joins with Royal Botanic Gardens’ scientists, Phil Spence and Peter Weston, and camellia expert Bob Cherry of Paradise Plants to impart stories of amazing expeditions and incredible discoveries
Dr Peter Valder, author and plant collector, will be MC for the day
Morning Session
· Phil Spence has been on numerous field trips into the wilds of New Guinea in search of species first described by legendary German horticulturist and orchidologist Rudolph Schlecter.  These species were lost when fires destroyed the BotanicalMuseum in Berlin during WW2
·  David Howard will tell of his plant hunting expedition to the mountains of Kashmir to find, photograph, record and collect seed from the native flora
Afternoon Session
Peter Weston will share accounts of his plant collecting trip to the Eastern Cape of South Africa in 2009
Bob Cherry will speak of his lifelong passion for plants, particularly Camellias and his many trips toChina and Vietnams studying the variation within the species
Proudly sponsored by Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
One session only – Friends $52, Non-members $65
All day – Friends $88, Non-members $110
Morning and afternoon teas will be provided
Bookings are essential
For more information and bookings contact the Friends of The Gardens on 02 9231 8182, or friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au



Saturday / Sunday 26 -27th June 2010

Guide to Eucalypts of the Sydney Region

A two day workshop presented by Van Klapake
26 -27 June 2010



Sunday 16th. May 2010


If you have been curious about this place, which is not so far away, then here is your chance to explore it with others who are interested to find out about its flora and fauna and a bit of history thrown in as well.
There are a number of different vegetation communities represented including Blue Gum High Forest, Turpentine-Ironbark Forest, Sydney Sandstone Heath and Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest Complex.
We will meet near the cafe so that perhaps you can purchase a coffee to have with your picnic lunch. The café also sells food. Because the lake loop walk takes at least an hour and a half (we can almost double that time to take into account our “botanising”), we will need to leave by 1.30pm. The walk is graded as moderate due to uneven surfaces in places.

Meeting time: 1.30 pm.
Ready to set off on the walk, earlier if we bump into oneanother while picnicking near the café.

Meeting place: Near the café. Lake Parramatta is accessed via Lackey Street, off Bourke Street, which is off Church St North Parramatta . It is also well sign-posted.

What to bring: Good walking shoes, drink, snacks, plant and bird ID books, hat and rain gear if rain is predicted.

Contact person: Sue Fredrickson ph 98752509 evenings, mobile on the day 0401362921.
As usual, please ring to check that the walk will go ahead if the weather looks threatening.


Sunday 11th. April 2010


The plan for this day is to walk to the Basin from West Head Road, have a picnic lunch there and then get the ferry across to Palm Beach. It should be a pleasant day as we pass very good Aboriginal rock engravings, heath on the plateau, good water views, forest on the slope down to the water and perhaps it will be warm enough for a swim at the Basin. The walk is largely along a wide service road but at the end the descent to the water of 150 meters is winding and steep enough for the walk to be categorized as moderate.

A car shuttle will be required as we are walking one way only. It will require us to meet at Palm Beach. We will leave some cars and car pool in the minimum number of cars to get to the start of the walk along West Head Rd.

Meeting time: 10.30am.
Finishing time: Ferries leave The Basin every hour. It is likely that we will return to Palm beach at 3.45pm, with the option of staying an hour longer if that is the consensus.

Meeting place: NOTE: this will be at Palm Beach on the Pittwater side. Parking near the wharf where we will end up at the finish of the day, is often difficult. It is suggested that you find parking somewhere along nearby Iluka Rd Palm Beach. Then walk to the meeting place at the front of the Palm Beach RSL Club, 1087 Barrenjoey Rd. We will then do a head count and decide which cars to take to the start of the walk along West Head Road.

What to bring: Good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, plenty of drink, swimming gear, rain gear? a hiking stick? Ferry money, $6.80 single trip, $3.40 single concession.

Contact person: Sue Fredrickson ph 98752509 mobile on the day 0401362921.
As usual, please ring to check that the walk will go ahead if the weather looks threatening.


Saturday 13th. March 2010

50th Anniversary Dinner

At the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road St Ives

A celebratory dinner will be held at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens. A fully catered event starting at 6.30 with canapés and drinks followed by a sit down two course dinner, ending with tea and coffee till 10.00 - see separate booking sheet – there are a limited number of places so book early to avoid disappointment!

Dress is smart casual but you may like to observe the occasion in formal attire or even in the mode of 50 years ago?

The cost of the dinner is $40 per person. Please advise of any special dietary requirements. Note that there will be no table service of drinks.

You are advised to book early as places are limited and a great response is expected to this very special event.

Click here for a booking form




9144 5600 secretary@blandfordia.org.au

9875 2262

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road St Ives




We are affiliated with the NSW Region of Australian Plants Society which is part of the national body the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants