Brisbane Western Suburbs

Monthly Meetings

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

Our new 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.

As of August 2020, if you are intending to attend a meeting please call Jane (0417 538 383) to register beforehand so we can regulate numbers to ensure Covid-19 safety.

Upcoming Calendar

February Tue 2 Meeting in Kenmore Library Meeting Room. After our short first meeting for the year we will have an interesting discussion on Botanists of Australia. We hope everyone will find out about and share this information of some well known and little known botanists who have helped to expand our knowledge of Australian Native Plants. No pre-registration required.

March Tue 2 Meeting and Branch AGM 7.00pm Kenmore Library Meeting Room. All positions become vacant and nominations are sought. It will be followed by a fun night with quiz and queries. Bring along a question for our experts. Please check emails and website. If Covid19 restrictions still apply please register with Jane at jlfountain5@gmail.com

March Sat 27 Western Suburbs Branch will host the NPQ Region AGM at Sherwood Arboretum. Arrival time 9:30; the meeting will commence at 10:00. We will also plant trees to commemorate Geoff Goadby’s and Don Greer’s service the society.

Please bring your own refreshments for morning tea and lunch. We will be using the shelter area which is just beyond the playground. There are tables and seating but spare chairs may be helpful. Hats and water will be needed if you are going for a walk. All are very welcome to come and enjoy this unique parkland of Australian native species in habitats from riverside to lake to hillsides and which features the magnificent Agathis robusta avenue.

April Tue 6 Start 7:00pm After our short meeting we will have a very interesting presentation by Jankees van der Have on the subject of 'Plants, Flavours and Fragrances' which will explore the world of plants and their aromatic compounds.

May Tue 4 Start 7:00 pm Following our meeting, we will explore the entrancing world of Eremophilas and their allies. This is such a topical plant group now so it is a great opportunity to learn more. We will share questions and knowledge with our erudite members.

June Tue 1 Meeting followed by an activity to be announced.

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

westernsuburbs meeting 1The Branch has continued to meet regularly since that time.

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.

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

As part of the 1988 Bicentenary Celebrations, members were given 

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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.

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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.westernsuburbs projects 3

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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