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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).


Spring Plant and Flower Shows
APS Yarra Yarra Australian Plants Expo

13 and 14 September 2014 10 am to 4 pm
Eltham Community & Reception Centre, 801 Main Rd, Eltham

Come and enjoy the huge native flower show, with plant, book and art sales. Lots of environmental displays, activities for children and prizes to win. This year there is also display of Bonsai with native plants as a feature. Refreshments courtesy of 1st Eltham Scout Group. Wheelchair friendly and ample parking.

Adults $5 Concession $4 Children free
Contact apsyarrayarra@gmail.com to buy tickets in advance & avoid the queues.

Program Saturday
11.00 Propagation 12.30 Botanical art/ painting 2.00 Plant fibre in basketry (Pat Dale)

Program Sunday
11.00 Propagation 12.30 Botanical art/ painting 2.00 Bonsai with native plants

>> Plant List

>> See our facebook page for more information

APS Mitchell Plants Expo

18 October 2014 9 am to 3 pm
Memorial Hall, 14 Sydney St, Kilmore

Native Plant & Flower Displays
Victorian Native Bonsai Club exhibit & demonstration
Kilmore Art Society Display Art by Local Artists: Themes of native fauna, flora and Aussie landscapes
Plant, Book & Art Sales
APS Mitchell - Assorted Native plants, APS Victoria - Books, Joan & Peter Broughton, Ironstone Park - Assorted Plants, John Forrester - Assorted plants, Lorraine & Brian Weir - Low graft and Standard grafted Grevilleasand Correas, La Trobe indigenous plant nursery - Indigenous tube stocks

APS Wilson Park Plant Sale

6 September 2014 9 am to 4 pm
Wilson Botanic Park, Princes Highway, Berwick

Bendigo Native Plants Group Flower Show

20 and 21 September 2014

APS Grampians Native Flower Show

4 and 5 October 2014 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Pomonal Hall, Pomonal

ANPS East Gippsland ‘Noweyung Garden Show’

18 October 2014 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
Goold Street, Bairnsdale

APS South Gippsland Native Plant Sale and Flower Show

18 and 19 October 2014 10 am to 4 pm
Leongatha Recreation Reserve Exhibition Shed
Enquiries: 5664 2221

APS Echuca Moama ‘Native Flower Showcase’

25 October 2014 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Echuca Uniting Church Hall, Hare Street, Echuca

Enquiries: apsechuca@gmail.com

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