Meeting Place: Max Fry Hall, Gorge Road Trevallyn, held on the third Tuesday each
month at 7.30pm . Excellent guest speakers relevant to our interests
alternating with “Club Nights” when members display/show native plants
etc. A warm welcome is extended to persons interested in native plants
to come a long as a guest to one of our meetings – there is no charge
and supper is served at the end of the meeting.
Propagation and sale of plants is the activity by which the Northern
Group of the Society gains most of its revenue.
Propagation we hold propagation sessions at our
nursery on the FIRST Saturday in each month commencing
at 1.00PM and concluding at 3.00PM. Visitors and members are always
welcome - for further information telephone our nursery manager, Sharon
0409 273 996.
sales to the public are held each autumn and spring at Max Fry Hall in Trevallyn.
Excursions organised by the group enable members to visit places related
to our interests which are sometimes not open to the general public. We have visited Mt Read on the West Coast (the home of the
ancient Huon Pine) the magnificent art archives of works by Margaret
Stones, William Gould etc at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery,
Bluff River Gorge on the East Coast and the world heritage area below
Dry’s Bluff. We also visit members’ gardens and organise outings with
other groups such as the Ramblers Walking Club and the Launceston
Field Naturalists Club.
Heritage Forest: Native Plant Garden
In 2005 the Plant society with the help of members of the
Understorey network and interested members of the public planted 400
plus Tasmanian plants as the beginning of a purely Tasmanian garden.
The site off Conway St Mowbray overlooks all of Heritage Park and
has sweeping views over Inveresk and Launceston. Launceston City Council
provided the site, fenced it and mulched garden beds. Most of the
initial plantings were supplied by Habitat nursery with additions
from the APSTasmania Northern group nursery.
The garden is part of a larger plan for this part of Heritage Park
. There has already been a Eucalypt forest planted below the site,
it contained 500 trees of entirely Tas. provenance and was planted
with the help of Forestry Tasmania. Other plantings have since taken
place involving Greening Australia and the Australian Trust for Conservation
Each year since the initial planting there has been a review of the
planting successes and failures. Whilst Tasmanian plants are very
adaptable to harsh conditions of desiccating sun or heavy rains, the
garden has suffered some losses. New plantings and some re-plantings
have been ongoing as we learn which plants thrive and which suffer
in the local conditions.
The garden has matured and is now rewarding visitors with a wonderful
displays of floral shrubs, small trees and plants, particularly in
springtime or early summer. In 2012 the visual affect was enhanced
with the addition of new features.
A "dry river bed" was constructed in the southern corner
to enliven a barren area of rocky ground. Large grassed areas were
dug out and more native plantings introduced to form two new garden
beds. Pathways which meander around and through the various garden
beds have been defined in a rustic manner by driftwood and rocks.
Seating areas have been expanded to allow comfortable picnicking with
wonderful views of Launceston city.
In 2015 several additional garden beds were added or extended
along with many more landscaping features. An open day was held on Saturday 24th October
the public were invited to celebrate 10 years since the Native Garden's
foundation. A new interpretive sign was unveiled and Plant Society
members were on hand to advise on native plant matters. Free native
plants were available along with refreshments.
The group has also taken some responsibility in co-operation with the Launceston City Council for the care of a delightful native plant area in the First Basin, Cataract Gorge, Launceston.
National conferences are held every two years, each state taking its turn to host the conference. These provide the opportunity to explore the flora of other states with the help of expert local guides and to meet like minded people from across Australia.
Annual State get-togethers are opportunities for members from all parts of Tasmania to further their knowledge of the national flora and to meet socially with members from other groups.
Education is another of our functions. Our guest speaker program is one aspect of this as is the informal learning we obtain from other members at our “club nights” Our guest speakers regularly provide fascinating talks on a wide range of topics related to native plants.