The development of the South West Capes Branch has been as follows:
- email 29th October 2015 to Wildflower Society members in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste region from the Perth office
- gathering 2nd April 2016 in Cowaramup to gauge interest in setting up a branch – over 50 attend, with visitors from Perth, Armadale and Murdoch branches
- first planning meeting 15th May 2016 in Busselton – activities planned for June to August, and executive positions elected:
- branch ratified by Management Committee at their meeting 1st June 2016
- 19th June 2016 – our first activity with a walk in the Whicher National Park in locality Sabina River with botanist Andrew Webb
There was an unpromising start to this walk – after a Saturday forecast of a late thunderstorm for Sunday 19th, we assumed it would be fine. By mid-morning, rain had arrived and by our start time, the rain was heavy: people cancelling by text, phone, email, …
With wet weather gear and umbrellas, we set out with Andrew – a surprising turnout considering the weather, and then a miracle: the rain went, and we had the most wonderful walk with nearly 30 participants.
- 17th July 2016 – our first garden visit. The McCall garden in Margaret River. Despite the rain, 20 or so attended, and enjoyed a walk with Mike and Mary. Thanks to Mary for a wonderful afternoon tea.
- 21st August 2016 – a talk in Cowaramup. Alex George on botanical exploration in the South west Capes region. Attendance around 50.
- 11th September 2016: Meelup Regional Park walk led by Andrew Webb. Attendance 40 (15 WSWA members).
- October 29th – Augusta Wildflower Walk (Members only)
- November 12th – Garden Visit (Dunsborough, Members only)