Promoting growing and conservation of Australian native plants
... in gardens, community areas and their original environments
Plants for all Situations - © Jill Lulham
A Point Explained - © Jill Lulham
HOW TO JOIN
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.
- 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.
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?
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.