Brisbane's Western Suburbs Branch meets on the first Tuesday of each month, at 7.30 pm except January.
We meet under the Resource Centre, Chapel Hill State School. Enter the grounds via Ironbark Road, Chapel Hill, and the room is at the far end of the car park.
David Hangar, a local native plant grower, convened a meeting of interested people in the Roman Catholic Church Hall in Ward St Indooroopilly on 16th May, 1972. Here the Western Suburbs Branch of Society for Growing Australian Plants was born, with David Hangar as Chairman and N. Keating as Secretary and Treasurer.
On 1st June 1982, Western Suburbs amalgamated with the nearby Oxley Branch of SGAP. For a time the Branch became known as Western Suburbs/Oxley Branch, but in 1990 it reverted to Brisbane Western Suburbs Branch.
In 1979 this Branch published a book (in loose-leaf and bound forms) called Perfumed and Aromatic Australian Plants, compiled and written by Ralph Bailey.
The flower of Stenocarpus sinuatus is featured as the Branch logo.
The Branch has continued to meet regularly since that time, and has been based at the Chapel Hill State School since 2002.
Meetings usually consist of a short business discussion, followed by a presentation on a topic often given by a guest speaker. Recent topics have included Botanical Art, discussion on influential botanists of Queensland, Ground orchids, Brisbane City Botanical Gardens and a viewing of slides of historical importance featuring Australian native flowers.
After each presentation, we enjoy a supper, discuss the plants supplied for 'Show and Tell', and hold an exchange of plants donated by members. Members also willingly share knowledge and assist where possible. Occasional visits to local places of interest are arranged.
Over the years, many members have occupied positions on the Qld Region Council, (as well as the national body, ANPSA), and continue to support Qld Region Activities such as the Autumn Plant Sale, the Spring Flower Show (photo), and Region meetings which are held at varying locations. Many members have been awarded Life Memberships of the Society in recognition of their contributions.
Individual members also follow ANPSA Study Group activities (according to their special interests). These include attendance at such as Garden Design, Fern, Grevillea Study Groups and Small Plant Interest Group meetings which are held in the Brisbane area, and activity by correspondence also occurs.
As part of the 1988 Bicentenary Celebrations, members were given permission to plant a deep, overgrown gully in the Sherwood Arboretum, to transform it into a rainforest gully. Since that time it has grown into a wonderful forest and maintenance has been continued. In conjunction with Friends of Sherwood Arboretum and the Brisbane City Council, an extension has been planted. To celebrate our interest, we have Breakfast in the Arboretum in early December each year.
We have supported the Brookfield Show Society since 1997 in the horticultural section, by staging a display, and donating a prize for the exhibit judged the Champion Native Flower of the show. It has been very interesting, since this time, to see the growth of exhibits in the native plant sections for the cut flower display.
We have hosted the Region Christmas meeting held at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in December, and the Branch will host the Region meeting in June 2019 at the Sherwood Arboretum.