Native Plants Queensland's Mackay Branch has been vigorously promoting the aims of our association ever since its formation in1978. Thousands of plants have been propagated, publications have been produced, members have served as advisors to many government and non-government organisations and have volunteered for surveys and on-ground projects. None of this would be possible without the wealth of shared knowledge within the membership and expertise in fields such as nursery procedures, gardening under a variety of conditions, orchids, ferns, regional ecosystems, rare and threatened species, rehabilitation and even weeds.
Mackay branch meetings are held at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of the month (excluding January, July & October). Meetings are held at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens meeting room, Lagoons St, Mackay.
Meetings are interesting and enjoyable.
Show & Tell is a popular segment where members share (and sometimes brag about) specimens from their gardens or properties. Presentations, either by guest speakers or members, are entertaining and educational. During supper, a comprehensive library is available to members and a raffle is held. Visitors/guests are always welcome
Propagation Group Nursery sessions
These are usually held from 7.30am on the last Thursday morning of each month at the branch's nursery at Queens Park. The main objective of the group is to grow and promote native species suitable for local conditions, for members, public plant sales and for special projects. Many species have been introduced to horticulture through the efforts of the Propagation Group. The Branch emblem and logo, the Mount Blackwood Holly Graptophyllum ilicifolium, a vulnerable local species, was first offered for sale to the public by the Mackay Branch in 1991.
Seed/propagating material collection excursions are also held from time to time.
Public plant sales
Our main sale is at the Farleigh State School Annual Palm Fete on the 3rd Sunday in May. As well as promoting the use of Australian native plants, information relevant to local growing conditions is provided to our clients.
Excursions and Social Activities
Excursions and social activities are held from time to time and are advertised in the newsletter. The Mackay Branch and Birdlife Mackay have a close association and the monthly Birdlife outings are open to our members. There is a combined Christmas event.
Over the years these have included a rainforest planting at the University, a re-vegetation plot on the Pioneer River, a Federal Government funded rehabilitation project at the Lagoons, a revegetation project on Newry Island and vegetation surveys on Newry and the Percy Isles. Submissions, plant lists and information have been provided for numerous proposal and projects within the district. The branch has been represented on many local, state and federal government advisory groups. Above all, there has been the long-standing and ongoing commitment to support the development of the MRBG by providing plants, volunteers, information and advice. This commitment has been formalised by Memorandum of Understanding between Mackay Branch and the MRBG.
Mackay Branch and the MRBG also have an Understanding with the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG). There has been information exchange and plants from here have been provided to the ANBG for their Living Collection.
Benefits of Mackay Branch Membership
Six editions of The Graptophyllum (the informative branch newsletter) each year, access to an extensive library, participation in all activities and above all sharing of knowledge, friendship and enjoyment.
For further information, contact the Secretary via the Contact link at the top of this page
attend a meeting as a guest in the first instance - just introduce yourself on arrival so that you can be welcomed.