Native Plants Queensland is a non-professional organisation that is open to anyone interested in studying, growing and conserving Australian plants.
Native Plants Queensland's motto is 'Cultivation, Conservation, Education'.
We aim to
- preserve Australian Native Flora by promoting its introduction into gardens;
- improve existing species by breeding and selection;
- advocate the establishment of National Parks, Flora Reserves and Botanic Gardens in all types of soil and climate for the preservation of the flora and for the enjoyment and education of the people;
- obey and strengthen the laws and regulations of all bodies given authority under the governments of the States or Commonwealth for the preservation of the flora;
- promote the conservation of Australian native plants and their habitats;
- interest nurserymen in propagating and supplying Australian native plants to the public
- record and publish information on Australian native plants;
- encourage the establishment of Branches within the Society;
- support research into Australian native plants;
- establish and maintain association with organisations having compatible aims;
What we do
Native Plants Queensland has regular meetings. These provide members with the opportunity to meet and exchange information. Speakers are invited to these meetings to present various topics of interest. Members bring plant and flower specimens to share with the group and a plant raffle is often conducted. An Annual General Meeting is held in April for the Queensland Region and between January and March for the Branches.
Native Plants Queensland conducts various Excursions and Garden Visits to see plants in their natural habitat and in cultivation, thus providing the opportunity to learn about different aspects of our native flora.
We hold our Native Flower Show and Plant Market in Spring where a wide range of native flowers and plants are displayed. Plant sales, book sales, a plant information stand and many other displays are regular features. Many of our branches hold their own local flower shows, as well as contributing to the regional show.
Native Plant Markets are held througout the year in locations all around the state. Native Plants Queensland also exhibits Australian plants in conjunction with various Show Societies and other organisations.
Native Plants Queensland holds biennial regional conferences, or 'Yabbas', in different areas of the state. The emphasis of these conferences is on the flora of that particular region and its habitats. Various tours are an optional, and highly recommended, part of these conferences. The annual Bill Tulloch Memorial Lecture, is usually presented during the conference.
Native Plants Queensland is a part of a national body, the Australian Native Plants Society of Australia (ANPSA), which holds a biennial conference and seminar in each state on a rotational basis. These conferences provide an important link between members from the different areas of Australia and present programmes of wide interest. The conferences are usually accompanied by excursions to interesting scenic and botanic areas within the host State.
Native Plants Queensland is involved in community projects in many areas, giving assistance with revegetation plantings, providing technical advice, giving talks to community groups and schools, and compiling flora lists of specific areas.
The Native Plants Queensland Journal is posted to members quarterly. It carries details of all meetings and activities of the Queensland region and its branches as well as articles on a wide range of topics relating to native plants in Queensland.
In addition to the quarterly magazine, Native Plants Queensland produces a number of publications on various topics relating to Australian native plants. These can be found on sale at our Native Plant Markets.
An extensive collection of books on Australian native plants is maintained in the Native Plants Queelsnad Library for the benefit of members. Many branches also have their own libraries with borrowing privileges for their members, or take bulk borrowings from our region library.
Members are entitled to receive free seed from the Native Plants Queensland Seed Bank. This is an important service of the organisation. It allows members to propagate many species that are not readily available. In doing so, members obtain valuable information on the germination and cultivation of these species under different conditions. Seed held in the Seed Bank is donated by members, so availability can be variable. A complete list of available seed is available on our membership page.
There are more than thirty specialist Study Groups within the Society, which carry out studies on various plant families (e.g. Acacia, Banksia, Grevillea, etc.) or on native plants for certain purposes (e.g. Container plants, Rainforest plants, Wallum plants, etc.). These Study Groups consist of Native Plants Queensland members as well as members of Native Plant Societies from all over Australia. Membership is usually by a small subscription. Joining a Study Group adds a new dimension to the enjoyment of belonging to Native Plants Queensland.
An invitation to you
If you are interested in learning more about Australian plants, in growing Australian plants suitable for your home garden or local community project, and at the same time, assisting in the Conservation, Cultivation and Education about Australian Native Plants, we welcome you to join Native Plants Queensland or attend one of our meetings as a visitor. You will find yourself amongst friends. Become a member today!