60th Anniversary

The Armadale Branch was formed on 28th March 1961 and in 2021 the branch celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a number of events and displays. A brief description of the major events are below.

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Tree Planting – 28th March 2021

To mark the anniversary of the branch’s formation, six local species of eucalypts were planted in the grounds of the Environmental Centre on 28th March 2021, exactly 60 years after the date of formation. One tree for each decade was planted by – the Mayor of the City of Armadale (Cr Ruth Butterfield), family members (son, grandson and great granddaughter) of Reverend E Watts (the founding president of the branch), Michael and Irene Morcombe (founding members), Roger Harington (current branch president) and students from Armadale and Pioneer Village primary schools representing the future of the Society. The Armadale Primary School choir sang “Home Among the Gum Trees” and raconteur Keith Lethbridge played two tunes with a gum leaf. Light refreshments followed the plantings.


Perth Garden Festival – 6th to 9th May 2021

At the 2021 Perth Garden Festival (6th to 9th May) held at Langley Park, the Armadale Branch joined forces with South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL), Armadale-Gosnells Landcare Group, LandcareSJ, Bungendore Park Environmental Group, Armadale Settlers’ Common Working Group, Roleybushcare, WA Landcare Network and the Armadale Environmental Centre in a “Community Landcare” marquee. The displays were able to showcase the management and restoration of bushland and riverine areas in the region.


Armadale Bush Arts Trail – 2nd to 16th May 2021

Concurrent with the Perth Garden Festival, the Armadale Bush Arts Trail was held at the Armadale Environmental Centre and surrounds. Local artists and some local schools, guided by the artists, created Land Art from only natural materials found in the bush. A bush art piece in the shape of ’60’ was exhibited by the branch to celebrate its 60th anniversary. In time, these artworks will dissolve back into the environment. The branch staged a static wildflower and photograph display open to the public in the centre over the weekend of 15th–16th May.


A Spring Fling – Wildflower Exhibition – 10th to 12th September 2021

Wildflower Exhibition along with a botanical art and photography display, entertainment was held in the Armadale District Hall, Lesser Hall and Kim Fletcher Gallery.

The entire 60th Anniversary Wildflower Exhibition featured
Botanical Art exhibition.
Photography exhibition.
Exhibition of other art works.
A large display of wildflowers in pots, named wildflower specimens, Ikebana arrangements.
Bus trips for guided walks to local reserves.
Entertainment –
:: Ian Simpson & The City Slickers, multiple winner in the Australian National Banjo Championships, on Saturday afternoon 11th September.
:: The Giovanni Consort – Western Australia’s professional chamber choir on Saturday evening.
Steve McCabe gave two separate talks on bush tucker.
Vivienne Hanson’s talk on bush medicine unfortunately had to be cancelled.
Bedfordale CWA provided tea, coffee and tasty snacks.
Wildflower-related merchandise was sold by Murdoch Branch.
Face painting fairies and children’s activities.
Botanical artist demonstration by Jan Pitman
Guided bus tours were conducted by Kim Fletcher on both Saturday and Sunday to:
:: Bob Blackburn Flora Reserve and Armadale Settlers’ Common, East.

Spring into Armadale

As part of the annual ‘Spring into Armadale’, branch members conducted guided wildflower rambles at selected locations within the City:

Bob Blackburn Flora Reserve – Sunday 15th August 9:30am
Stinton Cascade – Sunday 3rd October  8:30am
Forrestdale Damplands – Saturday 9th October 9:00am
Creyk Park – Saturday 6th November   8:00am


Kelmscott Show – 15th and 16th October 2021

Every year the Armadale Branch stages a wildflower display in the Flower Pavilion and sponsors art, photography and native flower arrangement prizes. To mark the 60th anniversary, the branch continued the tradition and sponsored the following exhibition classes at the 2021 Kelmscott Agricultural Show.

CLASS 2503
Decorative arrangement of Native Western Australian Wildflowers, 3 or more species.
1st $30 (plus trophy) , 2nd $15

CLASS 10110
Painting and Drawing Open Group J1
Western Australian wildflower. Water colour, oil, or acrylic. Fine art.
1st Prize $50 (cheque – to be presented at Award Presentation)

CLASS 11205.
Photography Amateur – Photography Single capture
W.A. Wildflower Natural Study- photo taken of flower in public reserve or open public space, (name and location of flower to be printed on back of photo).
1st Prize $50 (cheque – to be presented at Award Presentation)

CLASS 11505
Students Years 7 – 12
W.A. Wildflower Natural Study – photo taken of flower in public reserve or open public space, (name and location of flower to be printed on back of photo)
1st $20, 2nd $10

CLASS 10221
Students Year 7 to 9
Drawing – W.A. Wildflower(s) – coloured
1st $20, 2nd $10

CLASS 10224
Students – Years 10 to 12
Painting – featuring W.A. wildflower(s)
1st $20, 2nd $10