|The Floral Emblem of the State of Tasmania; Eucalyptus globulus - the Tasmanian Blue Gum.|
|ABOUT THE SOCIETY
History, Activities, Membership and District Groups .
The Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. (formerly the Society for Growing Australian Plants) is part of an Australia-wide organisation made up of people interested in the propagation, cultivation and conservation of plants native to Australia. The objects of the Society are:
* To encourage the cultivation and study of Australian
(From the Society's Constitution)
The Society for Growing Australian Plants was founded by Mr A J Swaby in Melbourne in 1957. For several years he wrote a column "Know Your Natives" in the popular gardening magazine Your Garden. These articles attracted a great deal of interest. "Regions" were set up in a number of states, and Hobart was originally a local group of the Victorian Region until 1969. A new group commenced activity in an informal way until May 1971, when the Tasmanian Region was formed, led by Kay Geeves and based in Hobart. (Kay Geeves work was recognised with the award of an OAM on Australia day 2004).
In November 1976 a Northern Group was created and in May 1978, the North West Group was formed. Finally , in June 1993, a group was formed in the Kingborough region to cater for members who prefer daytime meetings.
The Hobart Group carried overall responsibility for the State until 1993 when the Tasmanian Region Council was set up to take care of the main administration, future direction and policy. District groups are represented by elected delegates who attend the State Council Meetings and, where possible, take part in the Biennial ANPSA Conferences, ( the national body known as the Australian Native Plants Society(Australia).) In March, 1999 it was decided to change the Society's name to "THE AUSTRALIAN PLANTS SOCIETY - TASMANIA INC" in line with similar name changes in mainland groups.
The monthly meetings include talks by various experts, news from other groups and states, sales of plants at discounted prices, propagation aids, a sharing of knowledge from the study groups, an update on changes in taxonomy, future events programme, access to the libraries, and the sale of current books. Practical demonstrations of planting and propagation techniques are popular programme items. Hobart Group take part in annual open days at the Tasmanian Bushland Garden. Regular propagation days are held at the APS nursery, located at Kingston Primary School from 1.30 pm on the first Saturday of each month, which enables members to gain "hands on" experience. Contact: Nursery co-ordinator 03 6224 1004
Our Newsletter, EUCRYPHIA, is published quarterly and mailed out to all members. A further publication, AUSTRALIAN PLANTS produced by APS - NSW is optionally available with membership. This is a continuous and very detailed account and will ultimately cover all categorised Australian plants, and includes excellent illustrations and photographs. District groups publish local newsletters which are emailed to members on request. (Hobart Group newsletter)
Walks and excursions to places of botanical interest are available to members. These are graded as follows: A - mostly driving, short walks; B - more walking, easy paths; C - long walks, uneven ground. The trip leaders have the right to deny excursion participation to those whose health or fitness is not compatible with the grading of the walk. Hobart Group offer regular guided walks to the Tasmanian wilderness.MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS
Regular Membership (including Organisations) $40 Concessional
NB: The concession rate is available to persons possessing
a Student ID Card or a Pensions Concession Card issued
by the Department of Social Security or by the Department
of Veteran Affairs.
DISTRICT GROUP MEETINGS - Visitors welcome
When: Every second Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm
Where: University of Tasmania Life Sciences lecture theatre
Building 34 UTAS Sandy Bay campus, left side of College Road
NB Meeting details apply up to the meeting of May 14, 2014
For the June 11, July 9 and August 13 meetings Hobart group will be trialling
afternoon events at the Fern Tree Community Centre commencing at 2 pm
Contact: Secretary, GPO Box 1353K, Hobart 7001 or 03 6267 4384 (A.H.)
When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 2 pm
Where: Red Cross Meeting Rooms, Balmoral Road, Kingston
Contact: Secretary, PO Box 281, Kingston 7051
When: Third Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.00 for 7.30 pm
Where: Mersey Regional Library, Devonport (or as advised)
Contact: Secretary, PO Box 3035, Ulverstone MDC 7315
When: Third Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm
Where: Max Fry Hall, Gorge Road, Trevallyn