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Australian Plants Society
Central Coast Group

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About Us


Group Meetings
When     - Second Friday of each month at 7.30pm
Where    -
Phillip House, Old Penang Road, Kariong

All Welcome

Map       - Where we meet.       Click Here to see maps & Locations

Guest Speaker
Our monthly meetings feature a guest speaker on subjects related to plants, environmental  issues, plant classification, latest research on specific plants.

Joining our Branch
You become a member of the "Australian Plant Society" by joining our Central Coast Group.
As a member you will receive our monthly Group Newsletter. You will also receive quarterly publications of "Native Plants for New South Wales" and  "Australian Plants" magazine.  Our Membership Officer will only be too happy to process your application.

Monthly Newsletter
The monthly newsletter contains the President's Report, Book of the Month Review, Plant of the Month featured,  a report on the specimen table, a featured article by one of our members, details about the coming bushwalk, a summary of the previous month's guest speaker and a diary of coming events.

Newsletter by E-mail

Once you are a members of the Australian Plant Society ~ Central Coast Group you can opt to receive your Newsletter by Email and enjoy better quality photographs in colour.

     Ed: Elsie

Cost of Membership


Single Individual: $50.00 Concession: $42
Joint Members: $58.00 Concession: $50
  Asia Pacifc: $AU56 Overseas $AU61
 GST is included.  To contact the Membership officer.  Click here  E-mail

Our Librarian manages a specialised Native Plants library which is open at each monthly meeting. Books may be perused or borrowed before the meeting.



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 Presentation of interesting information




 Our designed publications:

  A colour coded general native plants information sheet and one of our Fact Sheets.

See the Fact sheets section for all fact sheets available.





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There are a number of interest groups ranging from growing native plants in pots to floral arranging to bushwalking or helping at the Katandra bush reserve with regeneration or helping out at the Springtime Flora Festival. These activities provide a more hands-on approach to growing Australian plants are an ideal way to learn about native flora.

The interest groups operate at various times during the year, details of time and dates are listed in the monthly newsletter. You may join the group or take part occasionally.   Families and friends are welcome. You do not need to be an expert on plants to take part in any group. Some members are experts but mainly we learn from each other.


Plants in Pots

Grafting.jpg (12931 bytes)Interested in growing native plants in pots? The Plants in Pots interest group share ideas, report onPlants in Pots.jpg (8536 bytes) successes and failures, seek advice from fellow members and take part in experimental trials.




          Grafting                                                                                                                                                         Jim shows how it's done.

Some of the areas covered include-

  • Comparing the growth progress of Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade' grown in 8" and 12" pots.
  • Growing ferns, mosses, ground orchids and lichens in a terrarium.
  • Trialing different fertilizers on Correa pulchella seedlings.
  • The group meets 3 or 4 times a year on a Saturday or   Sunday.


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  Join us for a monthly bushwalk around the Central Coast to explore the flora, discover interesting plants and plant communities, and see what's in flower.

  Bushwalks are taken in National Parks, Council Reserves as well as private properties. When it gets too hot, we'll take you through a cool rainforest or on a ferry trip.  A great way to learn about the native plants in the Central Coast Region. Degree of difficulty- most are fairly easy physically and very relaxing.

The bushwalks are usually held the Sunday after the monthly meeting.  (Please check in "Newsbits" section)

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Katandra Reserve
As part of our commitment to the preservation of native flora on the Central Coast, we have adopted Katandra Reserve as our Bush Regeneration site. Katandra Reserve is a Gosford City Council Reserve rainforest in the Holgate area. The project sets out to control the weed population and to replant indigenous plants propagated by members. This is a very satisfying project and another great way to learn about our native flora.
To see the map of the area click "Katandra" and scroll to the end of 'Map & Locations' page.

                Katandra Walk  


Springtime Flora Festival


Every year in September the Central Coast community stages the Springtime Flora Festival, the number one home and garden event in N.S.W.

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The Central Coast Group of the Australian Plant Society, supports this event with a stunning marquee displaying and the selling of native plants.


Outside our pavillion




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                Setting up:  Dot & John


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Getting plants ready




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Inside Decor

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Making Friends   




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Our plant sales





Best Community Display

We won the "Best Community Display 2002" Funds raised from the sale of plants have been used to sponsor native plant research Never too Young.jpg (8000 bytes)programs and donations to arboreta.  Members willingly support this event by helping with the organisation of our annual flower show, ordering plants for sale during the festival and lending plants for the display.

The joy of learning
The joy of teaching!


Bus Trips
Members have enjoyed bus trips to Mt. Kosciusko, Hunter Valley Botanical Gardens, Warrumbungles, Burrendong Arboretum, Mt. Annan, to name a few, to see the great displays of native plants. The trips are dotted with visits to nurseries along the way. The bus trips range from one day outings to seven day excursions. Priced to be affordable and guaranteed to be fun. A great way to learn about Australian native plants with like-minded people.   For the next bus trip see the monthly newsletter.

"Central Coast Group"
of the "Australian Plants Society"
If you would like more information please click on  "About Us" or click  E-mail