Townsville branch meetings are held at 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of the month. We meet at the Annandale Community Centre, rear of Annandale Central Shopping Centre, University Road, Townsville.
Townsville Branch is the oldest of the existing Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) Branches formed in Queensland. On 25th June 1970, the Townsville Group of SGAP was formed with assistance from the Townsville Branch of the Australasian Native Orchid Society. Seventeen members joined this new Group, which soon went from strength to strength. First Chairman was John Donohue (now also Townsville's first Honorary Life Member) and Secretary was Arthur Chapman.
Over the years Townsville Branch members have been very active in the field of publishing information about native plants.The first effort, a modest booklet, Native Plants for the Townsville Area, was published in 1972, and was to be an inspiration for other Branches in later years. In 1975, in conjunction with Australian Plants magazine, Australian Plants for Townsville was produced. This was followed in 1987 by Gardening in the Dry Tropics, compiled by Leigh Weakley. The next few years saw several small booklets, Quick Reference Guide to Australian Plants for North Queensland Gardens, Quick Reference Guide to Australian Plants for the Tropics and Growing Australian.
In 1994, they published another book, Across the Top - Gardening with Australian Plants in the Tropics, a quality book, ground breaking for the tropics, listing some 1400 species and including gardening chapters specifically aimed at the problems confronted by gardeners in the dry tropics. It was compiled by Keith Townsend, as was another in 1997, Field Guide to Plants of the Dry Tropics, a delightful book featuring colour images of many very common tropical species.
In 1998, Townsville Region Plants and local Plant Hot Spots" was published by members Russell Cummings/Doug Silke for the SGAP Queensland Region conference.
In 1984 and 1998 SGAP Townsville hosted successful Queensland SGAP Regional Conferences. In both cases the conference was followed by camp-out excursions to the Burra Range, a popular wildflower area to the west of Townsville between Pentland and Torrens Creek.
Queensland's oldest existing SGAP Branch and still one of the most active!