We hold our meetings at 7:45pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month (except school holidays)
Venue: Knox Park Primary School, Kathryn Road, Knoxfield. Google map link
Our meetings often take the form of slide presentations, given by invited speakers or our own members, and cover a wide range of topics.
Some of our meetings are member meetings. They’re more hands-on, and everyone is encouraged to join in and contribute to the chosen topic. We’re a sociable group so these meetings are popular with our members.
We also hold propagation days and working bees, visit gardens, go rambling, and explore our local bush reserves.
Have a look at our newsletters, which includes our calendar of events, to find out more about us, what we’ve been doing, and what’s coming up.
And… come along to one of our meetings too. We’d love to meet you, so see you there!
Membership page – to join or renew
Leader: Chris Larkin
Deputy Leader: Vacant
Secretary: Nicky Zanen
Treasurer: Deb McMillan
Ordinary Members: Kerry Davis; Betty Wright; Janet Hodgkiss
Enquiries: Nicky Zanen: 0401 975 191
Contact us: Send email
Email is our preferred contact method, or you can write to:
Foothills Secretary, c/o Unit 9/51 Herbert Street, Boronia, 3155
|October 2023||Antonio Park, Mitcham – a talk by Janet Hodgkiss; Hakea repullulans and Hakea rostrata – Chris Larkin; Spring Gardens, Bossiaea prostrata – Monika Herrmann; Quarry Reserve Ferntree Gully – Nicky Zanen|
|September 2023||Pat’s Garden – designing a small garden: a talk by Paul Birch; Southern Dandenongs Community Nursery Visit; Astus subroseus – Chris Larkin; Reliable Daisies – Olearia homolepis and Olearia minor – Chris Larkin; Bits and Pieces featuring Vereker Outlook at Wilson’s Promontory, and plants Banksia serrata, Darwinia taxifolia var. macrostegia, Acacia gittinsii, Pomaderris aurea – Monika Herrmann.|
|August 2023||Foothills Trivia Night questions and answers; Winter Wildlife featuring Dononaea sinuloata, echidna antics, deer damage, nesting ducks – Monika Herrmann; Winter working bee at Knox Park Primary School.|
|July 2023||Members’ Meeting Five Slides Night: a selection of member’s photos and stories – WA and SA travels, Hibbertia stellaris, Gentianella muelleriana subsp. muelleriana, Craspedia adenophora Billy Buttons, Garden design in bushfire prone areas, Pulchrocladia retipora Coral Lichen; Winter Garden featuring Templetonia retusa, Epacris impressa ‘Bega’ – Monika Herrmann; Citizen science – GardenSafe EPA Victoria Initiative.|
|June 2023||Lichens: Beauty in miniature: a talk by Kathleen Ralston; On the Bench – Grevillea baueri – Chris Larkin; Pat’s Garden – Paul and Sue Birch; Social Media – Facebook; Visiting wildlife: Pardalote – Chris Larkin; The Grampians – Monika Herrmann.|
|May 2023||Nature and history on the south-western coast of Victoria: a talk by Graham Patterson; Cutting back – HARD! – Chris Larkin; Urban birds, books, and gardens – Monika Herrmann.|
|April 2023||Seaford Banksia Arboretum Project: a talk by Ross Shepherd; Vale Marion Dux; Autumn Musings: Melaleuca – Chris Larkin; Kosciuszko National Park, NSW – Monika Herrmann; On the home front: Autumn in Ferntree Gully – Monika Herrmann.|
|March 2023||Touring Far North Queensland with the Cranbourne Friends group: a talk by Nicky Zanen; Summer Musings – Monika Herrmann; Propagation Morning; Summer evening working bee; Sawfly – a pest when in large numbers – Chris Larkin.|
|February 2023||Wildflowers of the Wimmera and Whitehorse; a talk by Tony Slater; Plant Talk: Dietes robinsoniana – Chris Larkin; Falls Creek Plant Hunt; Repotting orchids.|
|November 2022||Australian Plants in pots and planters – member’s meeting and members’ photos; Growing Australian plants in pots and containers – Janet Hodgkiss; Kunzea ambigua prostrate – Chris Larkin; Little Desert and Grampians – Monika Herrmann.|
|October 2022||September meeting: The Life and Times of Lake Mountain – Liz Triggs; Hochkins Ridge Walk; Bossiaeas on the Bench – Chris Larkin.|
|September 2022||August meeting: Getting to know the locals, Hochkins Ridge Flora Reserve and Bungalook Conservation Reserve – Chris Larkin; Hardenbergia – one of the pea plant genera on the bench – Chris Larkin; Yorke Peninsula, SA and Swan Reserve, Vic – Monika Herrmann; October members’ meeting – Growing Australian Plants in Pots and Containers: Guidelines for members.|
|August 2022||Thryptomene – Chris Larkin; Foothills Trivia Questions and Answers; May 2021 Continuation through NW Victoria – Pink Lakes and Rocket Lake in Murray-Sunset NP, Hattah-Kulkyne NP, and Murray-Kulkyne NP – Monika Herrmann.|
|Jun-July 2022||JUN 2022: Day meeting Closure; Call for Committee Members; May evening meeting: SGAP/APS Foothills: The First 50 Years – Nicky Zanen; Specimen table highlights: Grevillea speciosa ssp. dimorpha forms, Grevillea aspera – Chris Larkin; Plant Review: Correa ‘Perfect Pollinator’ – Liz Triggs; May Day meeting: Trevor Blake – Banksias.|
JUL 2022: Last Day meeting; June meeting – Five Slides; Sensory Garden at Knox Park Primary School; Plants from the bench: Acacia podalyriifolia, Grevillea sericea – Chris Larkin; Weed Watch: Romulea rosea, Onion Weed – Chris Larkin; May 2021, A two-week trip through NW Victoria, Wyperfeld NP, Rocket Lake and Hattah-Kulkyne NP – Monika Herrmann; Membership Form.
|Apr-May 2022||APR 2022: Day meeting: Geoff Lay – Cradle Mountain, Tasmania; APS Victoria at MIFGS; |
March evening meeting: Alex Smart – River Red Gum; Bracket Fungus by Chris Larkin;
Flannel Flowers by Chris Larkin.
MAY 2022: Grevillea rhyolitica and its hybrids by Chris Larkin; April Evening meeting;
Royce Raleigh – Kimberley Adventure; April day meeting: Bill Aitchison – APS Books;
|Feb-Mar 2022||FEB 2022: Foothills five and half year round-up; Bits and Pieces – Duck Orchids, Imperial White Butterfly, Billy Buttons, Dinner Plain by Monika Hermann; Melaleuca calothamnoides and Melaleuca wilsonii by Chris Larkin; Foothills end of year break up.|
MAR 2022: Strap-leaf and strap-like plants: variety and function by Chris Larkin; The Bad and the Beautiful – summer weather effect on plants and scrub wren nest; February day meeting: Graeme Nicholls – Hints on Propagation and Grafting; Foothills 50th anniversary: Stringybark Festival; Vale Judy Barker; Scutellaria spp.; Brunoniella pumilio.
|Oct-Nov 2021||OCT 2021: September Day meeting: Member’s Slides – what brings me pleasure; September Evening member’s meeting led by Chris Larkin – Australian Plants for Dry Shade; Four common Hoveas – how to tell the difference by Bev Fox.|
October Day meeting: John Harris – Wildlife of the Australian Rainforests – The Lesser Known States; October Evening Meeting: Bill Aitchison – A look at the genus Daviesia; Flannel Flower, Actinotus helianthi by Maureen Schaumann; Grevillea olivacea by Chris Larkin; Bits and Pieces from a Foothills Garden by Monika Hermann.
|Aug-Sep 2021||AUG 2021: July Day meeting: Chris Larkin – Hakeas; July Evening meeting: 2021 Quiz questions and answers.|
SEPT 2021: August Evening meeting: Australian Native plants and Flowers – the unusual and beautiful (a member’s show and tell meeting); August Day meeting: Helen Lovell – Neutrog; Weed Watch (Araceae) by Chris Larkin and Janet Hodgkiss; Bits and Pieces from a Foothills garden by Monika Herrmann
|Jun-Jul 2021||JUN 2021: May Evening meeting: Cathy Powers – Profiling the Brisbane Ranges; Chris Larkin – Renovating the Garden; May Day meeting: Chris Clarke – Flora of the Australian Alps; Focus on Plants – Chris Larkin.|
JUL 2021: June Evening meeting double billing: Jean Bellis – Silo Art : Shirley Smith – Bushfire regeneration in East Gippsland – a visit Mallacoota and Orbost; Frog Pond – placement, plants and design considerations; Wind in the Wattles – Monika Herrmann; Membership renewal form and instructions.
|Apr-May 2021||APR 2021: March Evening Meeting: Liesbeth Uitjewaal – Aussies in a (Dutch) Cowshed; Australian Plants Revealed seminars online; March Day meeting: Cathy Powers – Observations of Moths, Butterflies and Pollination.|
MAY 2021: April Evening meeting: Janet Hodgkiss – Warrnambool Garden visits and the Great ocean Road; Two small Eucalypts, E. orbifolia and E. websteriana by Chris Larkin; Australian Plants at Knox Park Primary School.
|Feb-Mar 2021||FEB 2021: Australian Plant Revealed seminar presentations on YouTube; Can anyone help – fungal infection on Correa?|
MAR 2021: Evening meeting: Five Slides; Acknowledgement of Country feedback request from members; February propagation day; Opportunity or Curse: Self-seeded plants – Chris Larkin.
|Oct-Nov 2020||OCT 2020: September evening meeting: AGM and Quiz (questions and answers); Some Indigenous Plants – Monika Herrmann; Philothecas can take the hard chop – Chris Larkin; Day meeting: Great Victorian Desert through the camera of Rolf and commentary of Monika Herrmann.|
NOV 2020: October day meeting: Wilson’s Promontory – Geoff Lay; Knox City Council Stringybark Virtual Festival 2020; October evening meeting: Dry Weather Gardening – The mounding and channelling approach – Kerry Davis; Isopogon dubius and Isopogon formosus – Chris Larkin; Bits and Pieces from a Foothills garden – Monika Herrmann.
|Aug-Sept 2020||AUG 2020: Scaevola porocarya chases away the winter blues – Janet Hodgkiss; Some garden favourites – Kerry Davis; Foothills Facebook competition No. 2; Member news; Visit to Yarrawonga Presentation – Nicky Zanen.|
SEPT 2020: Aug Evening meeting: Miriam Ford – Members of the Prostantheroideae highlighting Prostanthera and Westringia; Happy Hibbertias – Pam Yarra; The Strappy Difference – Chris Larkin; Bits and Pieces – Monika Herrmann; Bee Hotels – Jean Bellis; Pics from Val Henry’s Garden – Val Henry.
|Jun-Jul 2020||JUNE 2020: More notes from the Garden June 2020 – Chris Larkin; Can’t see the Wood for the Trees – Monika Herrmann; Vale Barry Sanders; Some Gardening Tips from Shirley Carn – Nicky Zanen; Adventures on Facebook – Nicky Zanen; Australian Pea Flower Study Group – Shirley Mclaran.|
JUL 2020: Foothills Publicity doing a great job; iNaturalist – Janet Hodgkiss; Plant Review – Grevillea ‘Molly’ – Liz Triggs; Day meeting report; Vale Trix Chambers; The garden as the mother of its own invention – Chris Larkin;
|Apr-May 2020||APR 2020: Mar Day meeting: Bev Hanson – Landscaping in the Natural Style and Principles for Designing an Informal Garden; Weather, Weeds and Wonder – Chris Larkin;|
MAY 2020: Garden report – Monika Herrmann; Ferns – Monika Herrmann; Foothills Facebook Page – Correa photo competition; Plant review – Acacia floribunda ‘Little Flori’ – Liz Triggs; Weather you like it or not – Chris Larkin; Some Like it Wet, Very Wet – Chris Larkin; Two plants that work well in my garden – Bev Fox.
|Feb-Mar 2020||FEB 2020: Nov evening meeting: Fungi of Fraser Island – Peter Bellis; Southern Africa trip – Nicky Zanen.|
MAR 2020: Feb evening meeting: Dr Sapphire Mc Mullen-Fisher – Fire and Fungi; Australian Plants Revealed – Twin Exhibitions at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery and Karwarra Australian Botanic Garden and Nursery – Janet Hodgkiss; Feb day meeting: Mike Williams and Ray Barnes – Adventures of Barnesy & Willy – Western Australia 2017 Part 2.
|Oct-Nov 2019||OCT 2019: Sept day meeting: David and Barbara Pye – Melton Botanic Gardens; Sept evening meeting: Orchiding with Jack Airey; Hakeas, a postscript – Chris Larkin; Maureen Schaumann – Honorary Life Membership awarded by APS Victoria; Shirley Carn – Certificate of Commendation awarded by APS Victoria.|
NOV 2019: Oct day meeting: Irene Kelly – Gardens for Wildlife; Oct evening meeting: Adapt | Survive| Thrive – Adaptations of Australian plants to difficult growing conditions – Janet Hodgkiss.
|Aug-Sept 2019||AUG 2019: Jul evening meeting: AGM and Quiz; Jul Day meeting: Member’s – Hedging with Australian plants; Quiz questions and answers.|
SEPT 2019: Aug day meeting: Miriam Ford – Mint Bushes and Allied Genera and the upcoming FJC Rogers Seminar 2020; Aug evening meeting: Chris Larkin – Why Hakeas?
|JUN 2019: May day meeting: Peter and Alison Rogers – A Trip to Outback Queensland; May evening Meeting: Chris Long – Boronia Oil; Visit to Melton Botanic Gardens.|
JUL 2019: June day meeting: Margaret James – Illustrated history of the discovery and cultivation of Australian plants; June evening meeting: Member’s Five Slides.
|Apr-May 2019||APR 2019: Mar Day meeting Beckler’s Botanical Bounty – an Artists’ Project – Dr. Roslyn Glow; Mar evening meeting: Member’s meeting – Hedging with Australian Plants.|
MAY 2019: Apr evening meeting: John Harris – Wildflowers of the WA Northern Sandplains Kwongan; Apr Day meeting: Bev Fox and Chris Larkin – The Wimmera.
|Feb-Mar 2019||FEB 2019: Nov Evening Meeting – Climate change and water in the garden; Reflections on coping with Global Warming – Chris Larkin; Have you read the news lately? – Chris Larkin.|
MAR 2019: Feb evening meeting: Nicky Zanen – King Island; Propagation day report; Feb Day meeting: Mike Williams and Ray Barnes – Adventures of Barnesy & Willy, Western Australia 2017; Plant Review – Liz Triggs – Lomandra longifolia x confertifolia subsp. pallida ‘White Sands’.
|Oct-Nov 2018||OCT 2018: Open Garden – Bev Fox; Sept Evening meeting: Charles Young – Sturt Pea; Sept Day meeting: Trevor Blake – Thomasia and Lasiopetalum;|
NOV 2018: Oct evening meeting: Bill Aitchison – Small Wattles; Habitat gardens and book launch; Oct Day meeting: Members’ Five Slides.
|Jul-Aug-Sept 2018||JUL 2018: June Evening meeting: Carolyn Landon – History of Botanical Art and Celia Rosser’s story; June Day meeting: Rolf and Monika Hermann – Gary and Gunbarrel Hwy, west of Alice; Plants and Gardens of the Dandenongs and Foothills – a weekend of exploration and discovery.|
AUG 2018: Jul Evening meeting: AGM & Quiz; Jul Day meeting: Helene Wilde – Botanical Art; Quiz questions and answers.
SEPT 2018: Aug Evening meeting: Shirley Smith – Island Life; Report on ‘Plants and Gardens of the Dandenongs and Foothills’ a Quarterly Gathering Hosted by APS Foothills, 18-19th August 2018; Aug Day meeting: Quiz questions and answers.
|APR 2018: Mar Evening meeting: Member’s meeting with speaker Anthea Davidson on Garden Design Principles; 3 Point Plan to a Happy Garden; Responsible Gardening; Mar Day meeting: Mike Ridley Easter Island.|
MAY 2018: April Day meeting: Kevin Ritchie – Bonsai; April Evening meeting: 5 slides with ANZAC Day theme; “Plants and Gardens of the Dandenongs and Foothills” – a Quarterly Gathering.
JUNE 2018: May Evening meeting: Nikki May – Wild Foods Trails: Scholarship to Botanic Gardens in NSW, ACT and Victoria; May Day meeting: Peter Rogers – Wildlife of Maroondah.
|Feb-Mar 2018||NOV 2017: Oct Day meeting: Royce and Jeanne Raleigh – Lesser Known Plants for the Garden; Oct Evening meeting: Marvellous Myrtaceae – Member’s night; ANPSA 2018 Hobart preview; Crossword puzzle. |
FEB 2018: Nov Evening meeting: Grasslands – Cathy Powers; Nov Day meeting – review Shirley Carn garden; Crossword answers.
MAR 2018: Feb Evening meeting: Ross MacDonald – Our Garden; Feb Day meeting: Alex Smart – River Red Gum.