Brisbane Western Suburbs

Monthly Meetings

Brisbane Western Suburbs Branch meets on the first Tuesday of each month, now at 7:00pm

Our venue for meetings is the Kenmore Library Meeting Room, 1st floor, Kenmore Shopping Centre. Access is via the lift in the carpark below the Library. Then turn left to access the passage to the meeting room at the end. We welcome all visitors, and hope you enjoy learning about Australian Native Plants.

Please be aware of any Covid 19 or other health restrictions that may affect the use of the Kenmore Library. Ph 0417 538 383 for information on meetings.

Upcoming Calendar

September Tue 7 Start 7pm. Kenmore Library meeting room. Meeting followed by discussion on ‘My Spring garden’, with members sharing plant specimens, information on how to care for the plants, and recommendations on plants for small gardens.

October Tue 5 Start 7pm. Kenmore Library meeting room. After a short meeting our member Trevor Bacon will give an illustrated talk on Myall Park which will inspire us to visit this heritage listed Botanic Garden.

November Tue 2 Start 7pm in Kenmore Library meeting room. Our short meeting will be followed by a most interesting talk by Carole Bristow on ‘Re-wilding of the verges and pond of Sherwood Arboretum’.

November Sat 27 Early start, 8am at Sherwood Arboretum for shared breakfast. We will be visiting the sites and plants that Carole Bristow showed us in her talk. Use Joseph St entrance.

December Sat 4 Samford Branch will host the Region for the Christmas Gathering at Samford Parklands. See the Journal for details.

December Tue 7 Start 7pm in Kenmore Library meeting room. Meeting followed by Show and Tell from members – photos, specimens, features. All contribute to supper and plant raffle.

History

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.

Activities

The Branch has continued to meet regularly since 1990.

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, Myall Park, ‘Plants Flavours and Fragrances’, Wattles of the Western Suburbs and Spring 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.

Display at Flower Show featuring ‘Green is a Colour Too’

Members

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.

Projects

westernsuburbs Sherwood Arboretum 2019 1

As part of the 1988 Bicentenary Celebrations, members were given permission to plant a deep, overgrown gully in the Sherwood Arboretum, to transform it with a rainforest gully. Since that time it has grown into a wonderful forest. 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 meetings held at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the Branch also hosted the Region Autumn Gathering & AGM in March 2021 at the Sherwood Arboretum.

The 50th Birthday of the Brisbane Western Suburbs Branch will be celebrated in May 2022.

Please join us to learn more about and enjoy our wonderful native plants.

We welcome visitors to our branch meetings—you'll find we're a friendly group!

An invitation to you

Are you are interested in learning more about Australian plants, and how to grow native plants suitable for your home garden or local community project? Would you like to support the conservation of our native plants and their habitats?

You are welcome to attend a meeting as a visitor and learn about Native Plants Queensland membership.

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