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.

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 memberships@wildflowersocietywa.org.au for assistance from one of our member volunteers.

Front cover:  Tuart woodland in the Maidens Reserve, Bunbury.

Mary Bremner Bequest Grant Program – NOW OPEN

Do you have a project idea to Know, Grow, Enjoy or Conserve WA wildflowers?

Funding is available to volunteer community groups, Society sub-committees and Branches across WA.

The two types of grants available are:

Small grants: up to $2,000

Large grants: from $2,001 to max $20,000

For grant guidelines and application form, see www.wildflowersocietywa.org.au/about-us/mary-bremner-bequest-grant-program/

Any enquiries?

Call head office (08) 9383 7979 on Tuesdays or Thursdays

Email:  enquiry@wildflowersocietywa.org.au

Applications close 4.30pm 1st October 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Busselton Wildflower Exhibition

2019 is our 94th Year

Exhibition Details:
Place: Uniting Church Hall and Grounds, 47 Kent Street, Busselton
Dates: Thursday, 26 September and Friday, 27 September 2019, 9am- 4pm
For more information contact: Barry Oates, (08) 9754 6409, 0467657232 or Linda
Stephenson, (08) 9752 3304.
For media enquiries contact: Lorraine Watts, 0408 127 674

The Busselton Wildflower Exhibition has been an annual event in the town for
over 90 years and is a great way to see the many Wildflowers of the area
showcased. The South West corner of Western Australia is renowned for
having one of the richest and most diverse flora in the world. This Exhibition
gives those unable to ‘go bush’ an opportunity to see a great variety of
specimens.
Presented in an interesting and informative way, individual specimens of
flowers and orchids are displayed with their botanical names, creating interest
in both amateur and expert alike.
The Exhibition attracts visitors from far and wide. Wildflowers on display are
chosen by people who have obtained licences from the Dept of Biodiversity,
Conservation and Attractions (Dept BCA) to pick wildflowers in the week of the
Wildflower Exhibition. All pickers are conscious of the need to preserve native
flora and pick responsibly. Rare and endangered species are not picked.
Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association’s Joint CEO/GM Marketing, Sharna
Kearney said, “The South West region provides a rare opportunity to experience
exceptional concentrations of endemic wildflower species. You can get a close
look at a wide range of these wildflowers at the Busselton Wildflower Exhibition as
well as by getting out and about in the region.”
In addition to the Wildflower Exhibition visitors can view Busselton Camera
Club’s showcase of photographs, cake/produce stalls, light refreshments all
day, second-hand book stall, Geographe Community Landcare Nursery
sales/advice and Waterwise Garden’s Display.
Bring your camera along to test your skill at capturing the rare beauty of the
flowers on show.

Books, Books, Books!

See the updated listing of books in the Honor Venning Library, and our updated list of 2nd Hand Books which are available by donation – to members and non members alike – from the Perry House office.  Library Books – here, and Second Hand Books – here.

Congrats Kerry and Eddy

Congratulations to Dr Kerry Smith who was awarded Life Membership, and to Dr Eddy Wajon who was awarded the Meritorious Award at the Wildflower Society Annual General Meeting.  The Society is indeed fortunate to have such hard working, devoted and talented members.  Special thanks are also due to our newest branch, South West Capes, for hosting a wonderful weekend of meetings, talks and walks in beautiful Cowaramup.

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
Welcome.
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.
Lunch.
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 memberships@wildflowersocietywa.org.au 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: murdoch.secretary@wildflowersocietywa.org.au