State Conference and AGM

The State Conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th June in Cowaramup, WA.

All Society members are invited to attend the business sessions (State Council and Annual General Meeting) on the Saturday. The general public can attend on Sunday where there will be presentations and excursions. South West Capes Branch Committee members have been very busy organising this event for us, so we hope to see a great turnout for the 2 day gathering.

More information here:

Registration form here.

Proxy form here.

Management Committee Nomination form here.

Sub Committee Nomination form here.

Details of the programme and locations are on the Registration form.  Please download it for full details.  Sneak peek here:

SUNDAY 30th June 2019  –  POST-CONFERENCE SEMINAR – Theme:  Adventures in discovery of our flora

8:30 – 9:00 am
Registration and morning cuppa.
9:00 – 9:15 am
9:15 – 9.45 am
Andrew Webb: Plant Diversity of the South West Capes
9.45 – 10:15 am
Nancy Scade: The Challenges of Taming Wildflowers
10:15 – 10:45 am
Morning tea.
10.45 – 11.15 am
Peter Lane: Geology – the foundation of our extraordinary South West
11.15 -12.15 pm
Jane Scott & Jenny Kikeros: Walking with Wildflowers – around the World
12:15 pm – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Afternoon guided excursions (your choice of location).
4:00 pm
Afternoon tea and conference close.
1:30 pm – 4:00 p.m    WALKS – (please mark your choice)

a)     Gracetown Granites – north of Gracetown on the Cape to Cape track.  Leaders: Jane Scott and Jenny Kikeros

b)     Miamup Swamp – between Cowaramup Bay Road and Juniper Road Leader: John Hill


Newsletter Now Available

The latest newsletter of the Wildflower Society of WA is now available for download to Members Only.  You may download it here.

Also available to download are:  Nomination forms for the Management Committee and all of the Sub Committees;  Proxy Form for the AGM; updated Book List.

As the Newsletter is for Members Only, you may need to log in to the Members Only section of the website.  If you have any problems doing this, please email for assistance from one of our member volunteers.

Front cover: Rusty coloured granites on the Capes coast with the Wild Pelargonium (Pelargonium australe subsp. drummondii). This plant flowers over a long period. Plant leaves age a deep red. Photo Bronwen Keighery, November 2018.

Hello from Murdoch Branch Committee 2019

In December 2018, our Branch committee was formed for the next year. A number of new returning faces and a few new ones, here is a little bit about our Committee members:

Diana Corbyn (Back left) has been with the Murdoch Branch since year dot. Her interests are botany, ecology and bushland restoration. She currently represents the WSWA on the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee. Diana is our Branch Vice-President.

Ross Young (Back 2nd left) has been a Society member for four years and a Murdoch Branch committee member for three. A former career banker, Ross completed his BSc in Environmental Biology in 2014 and now is administrator of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund. His particular interests are in plant ecology and plant/bird interactions.

Jennifer Dudley (centre) grew up in Adelaide where she was an artist & designer for many years, often incorporating South Australian Native Plants & Wildflowers in her textile design. Jennifer moved to Fremantle to complete her PhD in Asian Studies (Indonesia) at Murdoch University, and always intended to roam the West looking for Wildflowers to photograph & draw, which she now does through the Murdoch Branch of WSWA.

Felicity Bairstow (Back, second right) is a member of many environmental organisations and committees and played a pivotal role in the Save Beeliar Wetlands campaign.

Christine Allen (Back right) has a passion for all things plants. She heard about the diversity of flora in WA during her undergraduate degree at the University of Wollongong in NSW and thought it sounded like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for plant lovers! Christine completed her PhD in flora conservation at UWA in 2014 and has continued to work in the revegetation of flora in the Wheatbelt and Peel-Harvey.  Christine has been Branch President for three years now.

Mathew Woods (Front left) works as a senior Conservation officer at the company Landcare Weed control. Outside of Mat’s work, he has various hobbies like playing video games and gardening. Mat also really like plants. Mat is our Branch Treasurer.

Sheree Walters (Front right) grew up in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia with a passion for the environment and natural landscapes. Sheree is currently completing a PhD in native plant genetics at Curtin University working with four of our wonderful WA natives – including two parasitic plants! She is particularly interested in landscape ecology and the importance of biodiversity – including plants, animals, insects and fungi – in both natural and restored landscapes. Sheree has been our Branch Secretary for three years now.

We are a friendly bunch, always keen to see new people at our monthly talks and hear about new activities we could run at the Branch. Let us know if you have an idea for a speaker or activity:


Listing of Committees and Sub Committees

The full listing of Committees and Sub Committees of the Wildflower Society is now available online – Members Only.  Committee members and a brief description of each Committee is also included.  Know what your Society is doing… and perhaps get involved yourself!  Download the document on the WSWA Governance page.

Newsletters from ANPSA – Members Only

We regularly receive hard copies of newsletters from related ANPSA organisations in other parts of Australia, which are distributed to each branch for members to read.  We are now receiving digital copies of some of these newsletters which may be downloaded – MEMBERS ONLY.  Only the current copy will be available for download due to size restrictions.  On our website now – Members Only – are newsletters from Canberra – Dec 2018 as well as Tasmania – Dec 2018.  Go to the newsletters page here.


Are you in arrears? Renew now!

Renewals can be made online on the ‘My Membership’ page – which is under the ‘Members’ main menu.  This Members Only area requires a password, although if you have previously logged into the system (on the same computer or device) you should get automatic entry.

Once on the ‘My Membership’ page, you will see the word ‘Renew’ in very small letters under your membership type.  Press the words and follow the instructions!

If you have any trouble renewing, or logging in, please email for assistance from a volunteer member.

Of course, you can always renew in the usual way – with a cheque by post, or by telephoning the office during normal business hours and providing details over the phone.  The paper renewal form can be downloaded here.

Thank you for your support!

Book review: Biggest estate on earth

The biggest estate on earth written by Bill Gammage. Is from what I hear a fairly well known book on Australian history.

The book covers the subject of Australia’s landscape before European settlement as a land systematically managed with a scientific precision to ensure abundant and predictable wildlife and food plants. Bill explains How Aborigines achieved this using fire and plant life cycles to create varied land management strategies for the same goal.

The biggest estate on earth is a definite must read for people interested in Australian history and more importantly for people interested in land management. I know I enjoyed this book for that exact reason.


Review by Mathew W.

Newsletter Now Online – Members Only

NOTE:  Australian Plants has been delayed by the publisher, and will not accompany the WSWA Newsletter this quarter. You can expect to receive two issues in the next mailout.

The Wildflower Society of WA newsletter (February 2019, Vol 57 No 1) has now been published electronically.  All members are entitled to view and download the electronic newsletter.  The printed newsletter should be posted to those who have requested a hard copy (no green discount) in the next several weeks.

You may view the newsletter online by going to the ‘Members’ tab at the top of any page of the WSWA website, then choose ‘Newsletters’ at the side of the page.

Or link to the newsletter page here.

If you are having trouble logging in, it may be that your membership is overdue.  Please ring Perry House to inquire during office hours, or email at any time.

Front cover: Depot Hill Nature Reserve, Mingenew.  A location on ANPSA Conference 2019 Tour 1.   Photo Jolanda Keeble.