Native Plants Queensland's Ipswich branch meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month (except January).
We meet at the Ipswich Croquet Club, Queens Park, Ipswich. Meetings start at 6:30pm, after which we welcome a guest speaker to give a talk starting at 7.00pm. Presentations cover topics such as specific species information, fauna’s dependence and interaction with flora, botanical or conservation artist, and about climate change and how it will affect Australian ecosystems and wildlife.
Our end of year Christmas party is usually held in the Kholo Botanic Garden.
We regularly have propagation sessions, where techniques for grafting and seed raising of native species are demonstrated, and propagation materials are shared.
Amongst our many knowledgeable members we are priviliged to count Heather Knowles and Wendy Clarke-Hackett, both dedicated horticulturalists with their own local native plant nurseries. They and all our members are more than happy to share their knowledge of Australian native plants with you.
Ipswich Branch members wanting to learn more about our native plants can also borrow resources from our branch library which is available during branch meetings.
Native Plants Queensland's Ipswich branch members have played an active role in advising the Ipswich City Council and other community groups on bush regeneration projects. In addition to this, our members are involved in a number of different projects:
Rosewood Peace Park
Long time Ipswich branch member, Arnold Rieck, established the Rosewood Peace Park arboretum over twenty years ago. A "museum of living trees", it contains a collection of unique Rosewood scrub species, including bush medicine plants. Native Plants Queensland's Ipswich branch member Colin Thompson conducts regular working bees to maintain the park.
In the News: Passion for Plants Helps Project Flourish
The Lloyd Bird Library
The late Lloyd Bird OAM, the 'Environmental Champion of the West', was a long time member of the Society for Growing Australian Plants (now known as Native Plants Qld). The Ipswich branch of Native Plants Queensland are the proud custodians of his library of lists of plants discovered in the Ipswich area. Members of the branch have begun to digitise this resource in order to make it available to all.
In the News: Tributes Flow for Lloyd Bird
Book, Poster and Banner: ‘Garden Escapees become Environmental Weeds : the twenty worst garden escapees in the Ipswich region and some suggested native alternatives’
Extensive research and exhaustive photographic endeavour by industry professionals and Native Plants Queensland project officers finally culminated in a full colour publication by member Bruce Tinworth, which provides alternatives to twenty of the worst garden escapees (environmental weeds of horticultural origin) in the Ipswich region. Edition 2 is currently in concept phase.
Rosewood Plant Sale
Native Plants Queensland's Ipswich branch hosts a 'Plant and Enviro Day' which is usually run as part of the annual Rosewood Festival. Native Plants Queensland growers from all over the south-east corner come with plants to sell and there are displays from a range of local environment groups. Ipswich branch member Heather Knowles has been instrumental in organising the event which occurs each year in early September.
Ipswich Native Nursery
Funding is currently being sourced to open a local community nursery. Ipswich Native Nursery is a volunteer not-for-profit group. We aim to support the preservation of endangered, threatened and vulnerable local plant species; to reproduce local species from local sources for local plantings; to maintain successful partnerships with local land managers, park and reserve managers, national park rangers and land developers to obtain plant material and seed for propagation.