Promoting growing and conservation of Australian native plants
... in gardens, community areas and their original environments
Our activities are focussed around over 30 local District Groups across Victoria
>> District Group Locations and Contacts
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 17 sites in Victoria.
What does it look like?
Report infestations IMMEDIATELY
- Phone: 1800 084 881 (Victorian DPI)
- 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 DPI
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.
Scaevola albida "Super Clusters" - © Graham Oliver
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.
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.
Pomonal Flower Show - © Linda Handscombe
- 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.
How to Join
Contact your Local District Group.
>> Locations and contacts
If unable to join a District Group
complete a Membership Application form
(Follow the instructions on the form)