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APS NSW Annual General Meeting and Quarterly Gathering

On May 20, the APS NSW Limited will hold its AGM and Quarterly Gathering at Kariong, where the Central Coast APS Group meet. They will be our hosts. There is a $5 entry fee which includes the chance of a lucky door prize and sumptuous afternoon tea. There will also be a raffle with floral arrangements and native plants for prizes.

The meeting venue is Phillip House at 21 Old Mount Penang Road, Kariong. Please park at the venue only if you have mobility issues. All others please park near the Visitor Information Centre, in the Avenue, Kariong. It is only a short 5 minute walk to Phillip house.

If you want to arrive early, you have a choice of pre-meeting activities at 9:30am. They are Mt Penang Gardens, the Wildflower Place at Erina Heights, or the Japanese Gardens, East Gosford.

At 10:30am, register at Phillip House, check out the plant sales, and enjoy morning tea. At 12:00 you will be welcomed by John Aitken, President, and then the AGM is held.

At 1pm, enjoy your own picnic lunch or purchase from available tucker eg Sausage sizzle, soup and cold drinks. Plants will also be sold at lunch time.

After lunch, at 2:30pm, Olga Blacha, a Horticulturalist, Landscape Architect and Designer & co owner of the Sustainable Natives Nursery, will present a talk on "Attracting Birds with Native Plants". It is a fascinating subject and very helpful as well. The Sustainable Natives Nursery is at Somersby.

At 3:30pm Delicious afternoon tea will be served and plant sales are still available.



Parramatta & Hills Group May Activity

The P&H Group activity for May will be a Grass Workshop on Saturday, 27 May, commencing at 10am. This will be run by Ross Rapmund, manager of the Hornsby Shire Council nursery. Ross is very knowledgeable about native plants, especially local flora. He regularly gives grass workshops for the council. Ross will include a discussion of native lawn substitutes too.

This will be held at the home of Pip and Tom in Dural, who have a number of grasses planted in their garden. All these grasses have appreciated the heavy rain recently.
Email: info@apsparrahills.org.au for details or members can find the address in the May issue of Calgaroo.

There are a wide range of grasses to consider - in excess of 20 species, in the Newcastle to Wollongong/Sea to Blue Mountains area.

Please note that there is limited space within the property for all to park and Pip recommends you park on their side of the road only (the soil opposite is very soft and you could be bogged). She also warns you to also take care where the road turns, just past their entry.

How about learning to propagate native plants?

We have a small, hard-working, happy group of members who propagate once a month at the Bidjigal Community Nursery.

The Hills Shire Council kindly let us have the use of their facilities to do all sorts of interesting things, like propagating from cuttings and seeds and potting up successful seedlings and rooted cuttings. Plus, as the plants grow, we put them in larger pots until they are ready to plant.

You are welcome to join us to observe and join in when you are ready to have a go. It's quite easy once you get the hang of it. The nursery is such a lovely, peaceful place and we have a bench set aside for our pots. There is so much more to tell, so do come along some time and meet us!

For further information, please email:- info@apsparrahills.org.au