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APST Inc. Council

The Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. has three groups; Hobart, Northern and North West.

Each Group is represented by elected representatives on the APST Inc. Council.
The Council meets quarterly each year.

NEW! Northern Group’s New Nursery Officially Opened

Northern Group’s new propagation nursery at the West Tamar Community Garden was officially opened at the end of March, 2017 by West Tamar mayor, Christina Holmdahl. Members of the Group were joined by council employees who had worked together to set up this wonderful facility.

Quoting from the Northern Group’s March 2017 Newsletter by Louise Skabo:
“Due to thoughtful planning, excellent liaison with various organisations, much time and effort given by a small group of organisers and the support of 16 members on the actual move day, Northern Group Nursery’s relocation was efficiently accomplished. Janet Hallam wrote submissions to Council and NRM North, sent a lot of emails plus attended meetings accompanied by Julie Nermut and Sharon Percy and, Lynne Mockridge. Roy Skabo arranged the construction of the new galvanised bench supports and dismantled the John Simmons Shade House so as to make it easy for the builders to re-erect at Windsor Park. Roy Pallett liaised with the West Tamar (WT) Council workers to oversee all the site preparation and organised the move. WT Council installed security fencing and power and water supplies. Colin Hallam spent innumerable hours since the move, perfecting the digital electronic watering system for both the shade house and outdoor plants while Janet went to the site every other day during the warmer months to hand water plants until the watering system had total coverage. The wind is more of a problem at this site and the WT Council has installed some hessian protection on the wire fences and the two Roys placed extra hessian on the north-westerly side of the shade-house.”

NEW! Hobart Group Members Get-together January 2017 Great Success

In January the Hobart Group arranged the 2017 Regional Members Get-together. The aim was to trial three of the excursions planned for the 2018 ANPSA pre conference tour.

Friday afternoon was an excursion up Mt Wellington starting with car-pooling at the Fern Glade carpark, then up to Shoobridge Bend where no walk was taken due the rain and wind. Next stop was at the Chalet then up to the Tarn Shelf Track for sub alpine flora and finally a very short cold walk down the Zig Zag Track for more alpine flora.

The Meet and Greet in the Fern Tree Community Centre was beautifully catered for on Friday evening by Hobart Group Members and all present enjoyed the good food and company.

On the Saturday, after car-pooling at Summerleas Road junction on the Huon Highway, and a short stop at Geeveston, the Members drove up Hartz Mountain Road to the turning circle carpark. After changing into wet weather gear the group walked out to Lake Esperance. They returned to the Waratah Lookout picnic shelter for lunch. After lunch they returned to the main carpark and walked out to Lake Osborne and back. The Get-together dinner in the Alan Bray Room at the University Club on Saturday night was excellent with delicious food, good wine etc. and lovely setting.

Sunday dawned fine for the excursion to Mount Field. On arrival at the Visitor’s Centre, Members were informed that a large tree was blocking the Lake Dobson Road and wouldn’t be cleared until lunchtime. They decided to walk to Marriott Falls while the road was cleared. On return from the falls, the Members drove up to Lake Fenton for lunch. They then drove up to Wombat Moor and saw beautiful alpine flora. The group then moved to Lake Dobson and walked around the Pandani Grove Nature Walk. Lots of lovely flowers and interesting plants everywhere, and a great weekend for those that participated.

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Meeting Room Location for Hobart Group

The Hobart group has moved to a new Meeting room as from the 4 February 2017. The new location is the Library in the Kingston Primary School. Enter the car park from Church Street and park at the top of the carpark. Walk up the narrow path at the eastern (Derwent River) side of the carpark to the tall gate and firmly lift the top of the child proof lock on the far right hand side of the gate to open it and continue across the bitumen area to the door on the right of the Library area.

This door will be open on Meeting evenings. The library entrance is the double automatic doors on the left up the passage.

As the lighting is poor from the carpark to the School door, please bring a torch or use your mobile phone torch as you arrive and leave, or, leave by the School’s main front door.

Tasmanian Members Get-together November 2016, Bridport, Great Success

The Northern Group arranged last year’s very successful Members Get-together over the weekend 4 to 6 November 2016.. The main venue was the Platypus Park Country Retreat near Bridport. A walk in the Bridport Wildflower Reserve on Friday afternoon started the weekend of botanising.

On Saturday Members drove out to Blizzards Landing in the Waterhouse Conservation Area for the first of 7 signed stops to find an area of special ephemeral species. Stop 2 had a pond on each side of Homestead Rd. As the Members drove south, the magnificent array of hundreds of Xanthorrhoea species flower spikes became evident and at Stop 3 an old track led off to the east between rows and rows of these columnar flowers spikes.

Site 4 was the lunch stop on a lovely sloping grassy area near Little Waterhouse Lake, fortunately out of the wind. Site 5 presented more beautiful Grasstrees and much discussion took place as to their species. An exciting find was a beautiful specimen of the rare Caladenia patersonii, Paterson’s spider orchid, which was hard to photograph due to the gusty wind. At Site 6 the wind was ferocious but more orchids were found. Most Members skipped sit 7 due to the unpleasant wind. It was full house for the Member’s dinner at Platypus Park Country Retreat and delicious dinners were had by all thanks to the chef brought in to cater for the group.

Sunday was a calmer day and Members drove down the Old Bridport Road to Dunbarton near Nabowla. This lovely private property presents many micro climates and has a wide range of Tasmanian flora as well as many introduced garden plants around the house. The current owner has placed a conservation covenant on the property and he proudly showed Members around. Lunch was taken in the old house garden then some Members continued to explore across Old Bridport Road while others thanked their hosts and departed to more distant homes.

A superbly floriferous Members Get-together weekend thanks to the wonderful Northern Group team.

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APST Inc. Strategic Planning

During 2015 Council decided to prepare a 3-5 year Strategic Plan (SP) for the future survival and improvement of the Society. The process started at the June (2015) meeting and by the end of the year we were ready to form a representative, member based strategic planning team.

At the APST General Council meeting in March (2016), approval was given to support and finance the project. The 9-member team along with Peter Edwards, our external facilitator, produced Draft 1 of the APST Strategic Plan in May. Currently members and interested parties are being surveyed for input into the plan.

Margaret Killen On behalf of the SP team – David Boyer, Pam Green, Janet Hallam, Julie Nermut, Leonie Read, Roy Skabo, Drew Thomas and Phil Watson

Download the Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. Draft 1 Strategic Plan pdf

Looking for a present for a Family Member, Loved One or Friend?

Why not give that special person a membership to the Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. and some Tasmanian/Australian plants from one of our native plant nurseries. An Ideal present for someone who is interested in gardening, especially if they are interested in growing Austrealian Plants or a bush garden.

Becoming a member doesn't require the person to attend meetings unless they are particularly interested in the topic being presented or discussed that month (see the Calendar page for what's on). Garden visits are often offered so that members can see how plants grow in gardens, and field outings allow members to appreciate plants in their natural state and learn their names and habitats.

Download a membership form now and make that special someone very happy!