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NEW! New Meeting Room Location for Hobart Group

The Hobart group will move 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.

NEW! New Propagation Nursery location for Northern Group

Members of the Northern Group are to be congratulated on their successful negotiations with the West Tamar Council which resulted in an offer by the WTC to accommodate their nursery at Windsor Park adjacent to the Community Garden. The WTC will provide a securely fenced, gravel-surfaced area for their shade house and outdoor benches and will provide connections for water and power.

An old building known as the Stables will provide them with an under-cover propagation area where they can locate their benches and store their propagation materials and tools. The Group will pay the Council a moderate annual rent for the use of this excellent facility.

The Northern Group has also been successful in securing a $5000 grant from NRM North to assist with the relocation.

They have had four galvanized steel hardening-off benches constructed and these have already arrived on site. These benches are wide enough to accommodate two trays placed end to end and thus they will have the equivalent of 32m of bench space for their stock of plants.

Unfortunately the wet weather has delayed the completion of the installation and moving of the existing stock, materials and shade house to the new location. Stay tuned for the opening date for the new facility.

See Map of location on Northern Group page

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

The Northern Group arranged this year’s very successful Members Get-together over the weekend 4 to 6 November. 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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Hobart Group Members Get-together January 2017

The Hobart Group have decided to combine the review of two of the proposed 2018 ANPSA Conference day tours with their Members Get-together scheduled for 2017. We realise that it will follow closely on the Northern Group’s Bridport Members Get-together but the opportunity is there for another good Members Get-together to enjoy our alpine and mountain flora when it is at its best.

Friday 20 January 2017 half day tour to Mt Wellington starting 1.00pm from the Fern Tree Fern Glade car park on Huon Road just before the Fern Tree Tavern.
Meet and Greet: 5:30pm Fern Tree Community Centre, soups and quiches.

Saturday 21 January 2017 day tour to Hartz Mountain NP - leaving 8:15am Corner Summerleas Rd and Huon Highway car parking area, returning about 5:30pm. Car-pooling preferred.
Members Dinner 6.30pm for 7.00pm will be held in the Alan Bray Room of the UTAS University Club. A high quality three course meal will be provided at $40/head, plus drinks, in a room exclusive to the Members.

Booking is essential, please advise Bruce Champion now at 0408 146 041, or brchamp@ozemail.com.au if you will be attending so numbers can be determined.

Please RVSP by 25 November so that we can confirm the booking.

Sunday 22 January 2017 - day tour to Mt Field NP - leaving 8.30am Granton Reserve carpark, southern end of Bridgewater Bridge causeway. Walk will finish at Lake Dobson carpark about 3.30pm.

Planning is in hand, so please pencil this event into your diaries as we need to see how these locations suit day trips for the 2018 ANPSA Conference. More details as they develop. Group accommodation is being investigated.

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!