The Australian Plants Society (Victoria) is dedicated to promoting, growing and the conservation of Australian native plants, in gardens, community areas and their original environments.

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APS Geelong have an interesting speaker at their meeting on 19th March, Maria Hitchcock, author of the book Correas. She also holds the National Correa collection at her Armidale property.We are pleased to have Maria Hitchcock OAM as the speaker at our next meeting. Maria was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for services to conservation and environment. As the author of 'A Celebration of Wattle', she was responsible for having the Golden Wattle officially gazetted as our national floral emblem and for re-establishing ‘National Wattle Day’.

Maria holds the National Correa collection in her Armidale garden, with over 200 species growing there. She is also the author of 'Correas - Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens' and it is about Correas that she will talk to us.

She is a life member of APS, the leader of the Correa Study Group ( 1992-2007) and now the leader of the Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group. She is also developing a collection of Waratahs in her 1 acre garden. She has BAs in German, Archaeology and Botany and a Master of Professional Studies (Aboriginal Studies).

She is also a horticulturalists and owner/manager of Cool Natives Nursery.

You are invited to hear this fascinating lady talk about her Correas at The Ballroom, Hamlyn Park, Geelong at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, March 19th. We will have a Correa themed evening with Correas on display, cutting materials available, and Correas as door and raffle prizes.
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