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Promoting growing and conservation of Australian native plants
... in gardens, community areas and their original environments

Plants for all Situations - © Jill Lulham
Plants for all Situations - © Jill Lulham

A Point Explained - © Jill Lulham
A Point Explained - © Jill Lulham


There are over 30 local district groups across Victoria, so there is sure to be one near you. For information on who to contact for membership, where they are located and when they meet >> Click here.

We also offer Lone Membership if you are unable to join a District Group.
To apply, print a Lone member application and follow the instructions on the form.

Yarra Yarra District Group in the spotlight

This very active group draws its members from the Cities of Nillumbik, Banyule, Manningham and surrounding areas in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (except January) at Metzner Hall, Eltham Retirement Centre, 43 Diamond St, Eltham, starting at 8pm.
>> Further Information & Contacts.


District Group Activities

Monthly meetings are held throughout the year, typically featuring an expert speaker or hands-on workshop, a specimen table of flowers currently in bloom and a question and answer session where members help one another with practical advice relevant to local conditions.

Many Groups have a lending library with books covering topics ranging from garden design and plant identification to the selection and cultivation of native plants.

Garden visits and bush walks throughout the year, provide an opportunity to view how plants of interest grow in your local area.

Community plant sales of stock propagated by members feature in the program of many Groups.

Weekend Gatherings of District Groups are held every three months at different locations across Victoria. These field days / seminars are an opportunity to explore topics in greater depth than at a monthly meeting and view local plants and gardens.


Membership Benefits

  • Mix with like-minded people
    Share your passion for Australian plants.
  • Knowledge sharing
    Green Finger or Brown Thumb - there's always help on hand.
  • "Growing Australian" magazine
    50+ pages of articles and colour photographs on topics ranging from Australian native plants for making garden hedges, to building a garden pond, reviews of the latest books on native plants, and much more.
  • Group newsletters
    Read about native plants, gardening issues and events specific to your local area.
  • Free native plant seed
    Choose up to 24 packets of seed per year from the member's seed bank.
    100's of species available.
  • Books and gift items at member's rates
    Choose from over one hundred titles and gift items.
    Purchases by mail order or in person at Quarterly Gatherings.

Study Groups ... for the specialist

If you are already a fan of a particular genus of Australian native plant, garden design, bush foods, bonsai, or a host of other topics, one of our Study Groups will cater for your needs. Whether it's banksias, ferns, indigenous orchids, eucalypts or eremophilas, to name just a few, there's a group of people who share your interest.

Growing Australian
our quarterly member's magazine

Growing Australian

>>Article from latest issue


Myrtle Rust
A serious threat to native plants and forests

This fungal disease attacks Eucalypts (Gum trees), bottle brushes, tea trees, Lilly Pillys, paperbarks and other species of the Myrtaceae plant family. First noticed in 2010 in NSW it has spread to 70 sites in Victoria.

What does it look like?

>> Photographs

Report infestations IMMEDIATELY

  • Phone: 1800 084 881 (Victorian DEPI)
  • Do not touch, move or collect samples of the suspect plant material
  • Do not go to another site with any host materials

>> Further information from Victorian DEPI

APS Victoria's Myrtle Rust Policy

Our society has a Myrtle Rust policy which is periodically reviewed in the light of current knowledge. Members can find a copy of our current policy in the "Other News" section of the Members' Area of this web site.

Dates to Remember
FJC Rogers Seminar 2014 - Hosted by Bendigo Native Plant Group - "Brachychiton and Allied Genera"

Bendigo, Victoria 18th and 19th October 2014

For further Information and a Registration-of-interest form, follow this link to the
>> FJC Rogers Seminar 2014 - Brachychiton and Allied Genera web site

The Brachychiton genus is a member of the Sterculiaceae sub-family which includes ....

  • Androclava
  • Brachychiton
  • Commersonia

  • Guichenotia
  • Keraudrenia
  • Lasiopetalum

  • Pterospermum
  • Sterculia
  • Thomasia

These genera contain the plants from which chocolate and cola extract are derived. The name "Sterculiaceae "comes from Sterculuis, an ancient Roman god who concerned himself with fertilization.

A number of species of Brachychiton are well known in cultivation. The best known is the spectacular Illawarra Flame Tree (B.acerifolius) and others widely grown are the Kurrajong (B.populneus) and the bottle tree (B.rupestris).


APS Yarra Yarra Annual Plants Sale

Sunday 4th May 10am-3pm

Cnr Brougham Street and Main Road
Eltham (Mel Map 21 J7)

  • Free entry
  • Tube stock
  • Advance and grafted plants
  • Many unusual species


>> Click for a list of the plants on sale


May Quarterly Gathering - Hosted by APS South Gippsland Group -"Bunurong Coast"

RACV Resort Inverloch Saturday 31st May, Sunday 1st June 2014

>> Registration Form

Enquiries: Jim Lyons (03) 5674 2864 Mobile 0409 424 655 or Glenys Warren (03) 5674 1912

South Gippsland is known for rolling hills of lush green pastures, its remnant forests, the magnificent views and vegetation of Wilsons Promontory and the beautiful coastal scenery and heathland.
For this Ouarterly Gathering we will focus mainly on Inverloch and surrounds, with a taste of the Prom over dinner.
Using the stunning setting of the RACV lnverloch Resort as a base we will offer a choice of excursions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. These will include the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant site revegetation, the wetlands on the RACV site, a visit to The Celia Rosser Gallery at Fish Creek and a walk on the Wonthaggi Heathland area, where direct seeding of native plants has achieved great results. Some private gardens will also be available to visit.
For the energetic there will be a visit to Paul Spiers' impressively revegetated farm in the hills. This large-scale revegetation has been done with support from Bass Coast Landcare Network and the Powlett River Revegetation Project.
In Inverloch there will be a guided tour of the lnverloch Primary School native garden established in 2012 with funding (and lots of work) from APS South Gippsland members plus a walk along the estuarine Screw Creek, with interesting coastal vegetation and views.
Our guest speakers are Dr Mary Ellis and Terri Allen who, over dinner at the RACV Resort, will share some or their extensive knowledge of local indigenous vegetation on which both have written widely. Their talk will focus on their work as leaders of the Prom'n'aides, monitoring plants (and animals) at Wilsons Promontory over many years, especially after the effects of fire, with detailed pre- and post-fire information being gathered for Parks Victoria.

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