Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month in Annandale Community Hall at Annandale Central at 8pm, where we have a regular programme of speakers and technical items for the native plant enthusiast. 

We also conduct a regular series of outings, which vary from visits to local parks and gardens, to more ambitious outings such as the Burra Range, Paluma and Mt Zero.  These locations encompass a wonderful diversity of environments and plants, which reflect the complexity of Australian flora.

Please visit our website, where some of these destinations are featured:


Most of our members are keen propagators of local plants and our gardens generally boast a wealth of drought proof plants that can survive our extended dry periods.  The ‘show and tell’ segment of our meeting is proof that not only we do we have a magnificent range, but also a keen sense of competition! 

We publish a monthly newsletter for members, ‘The Native Gardener’. 


For more details on current events please contact John Elliott at


In 1972, our first book ‘Native Plants for the Townsville area’ was published by a group of early members, and this tradition of publishing has continued, with our most successful book being ‘Across the Top; Gardening with Australian Plants’ by Keith Townsend.

Other titles available for sale from our branch are 'Field Guide to Plants of the Dry Tropics' and 'Wattles of the Burra Range section of the White Mountains National Park'. Please visit our website for more information on how to obtain these publications.


Founded in 1970, Townsville Branch is the oldest regional Native Plants Queensland branch. It provides a focal point for people interested in propagating, growing and appreciating our unique native flora.

We recently celebrated our 45th Anniversary, and were very happy to share this with some of our longest serving members, John Donohue, Betsy Jackes, and Don Glasgow, all of whom joined in 1970.  We look forward to our 50th in 2020!

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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