Who We Are
The Australian Plant 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 – our group represents the Australian
Plant Society in Northern Tasmania. There are also Tasmanian groups
in Hobart, Kingborough and the North West Coast.
A Brief History of the APS
The Society for Growing Australian Plants SGAP 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. The
slogan he used was “Australians for Australia”, and he realised
the progress which could be made towards this end by growers helping
one another through a chain of interested people across the continent.
“Regions” were set up in a number of states and Tasmania became part
of the South East Region, with headquarters in Melbourne . In May
1971 the Tasmanian Region was formed, led by Kay Geeves and based
in Hobart . Other local groups were subsequently formed and are active
throughout the state. In March 1999 the Society changed its name to
the Australian Plant Society Tasmania, Inc. in line with similar name
changes in mainland groups.
Objectives of the Tasmanian APS
- Encourage the cultivation and study of Australian plants
- Encourage the establishment of gardens in all types of soil and
climate for the preservation of the flora of Australia
- To promote the knowledge, appreciation, beauty and preservation
of Australian plants, both in their natural settings and in cultivation,
with special emphasis on species indigenous to Tasmania
- To promote recognition of APS Tasmania , Inc. as a resource group
for educationalists and government
- To promote plants that require little water and that are endemic
to our vast dry continent.
When Do We Meet?
Monthly meetings are held on the THIRD Tuesday of each month and we
meet at the Max Fry Hall, Gorge Road , Trevallyn at 7.30PM . New members
are always welcome.
President's Annual Report for 2011
President's Annual Report