APS Grampians

Pomonal Hall

Meets at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month (except January), usually at Pomonal Hall, Pomonal.

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Membership fees: Single $4 Family $5 + Australian Plants Society Victoria membership fees.
2018-19 Membership Form

President: vacant
Vice-President: John King
Secretary: Andrea Shelley
Treasurer & memberships: Anita Evans

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APS Grampians Group c/o Pomonal Post Office Pomonal 3381

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Edition Contents
Feb 19 Review of Dec Xmas gathering at Five Ducks; Clean Up Australia Day
Dec 18 Review of Nov talk by Bill Weatherly on the Forgotten Woodlands; call for native gardens for wildlife photos; Award For Phil Vaughan; Pictures from Terry and Pauline’s trip to WA; Invitation to Celebrate Tom Banfield’s 90th Birthday; Summer-hardy plants
Oct-Nov 18 Preview of Nov talk by Bill Weatherly on the Forgotten Woodlands; Vice President & Ordinary Member positions filled, President vacant; review of Oct talk: Native Bees and Other Pollinators, by Denis Crawford; review of our Native Flower Show
Sep 18 Call for vice-president & ordinary member; Dryandra or Banksia? A botanical feud; The Vision of Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836; Seed Bank Project Picture Gallery; Rainforests Part Two; Apple & Spice Cake recipe; Myrtle Rust
Aug 18 Sep Little Desert Weekend reminder; Jul meeting: Introduction to Grafting – Phil Vaughan; Botanists and Naturalists on the relief expeditions for the search of Burke and Wills; Mistletoe; APS Vic Online: district groups; What’s currently in flower: Thryptomene denticulata, Banksia ornata, Grevillea lanigera, Hakea laurina, Grevillea pteridifolia, Banksia menziesii
Jul 18 June meeting: Perth to Kalbarri and back – David & Linda Handscombe; Rainforests in Australia; Botanists on the Burke and Wills Expedition 1860-1861; the Black Wallaby in the Grampians; APS Grampians online
May 18 A call for new committee members; Linda Handscombe – “The Pomonal Community Hall Gardens”; review of Geoff Lay’s Apr talk on Fungi; Phil Willams and the effects of rain
Apr 18 Review of Cathy Powers’ talk on Citizen Science; Neil & Wendy’s hanging baskets; membership update from Wendy; Andrea on The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
Mar 18 Review of get together at Beverley and Kevin Grace’s home; notice of upcoming working bees; advance notice of Little Desert National Park weekend away in Sep; Garden Design Episode 2 by Andrea Shelley; Judy Baghurst’s “In Praise of Cushion Bush”; Anthea Nicholls on “A Grass By Any Other Name”
Feb 18 Review of December gathering at Murray and Marie Hosking’s; Native Garden Design Episode 1 by Andrea Shelley; Phil Williams’ suggestion for Letters to the Editor section & update on status of plants being grown for FJC Rogers Seminar
Dec 17 Review of Dennis Crawford’s talk “Insects Found in the Grampians”; Reports of our Trip to South Australia
Nov 17 Review of Graeme Woods’ talk “Beautiful Banksias, an Australian Icon”; Jane’s Garden by Phil Williams


Always popular

After 35 consecutive years of presenting the much admired and iconic Pomonal Native Flower Show, visitors might expect the Australian Plants Society Grampians Group to have run out of ideas. But at the 36th show on the 6th and 7th of October 2018 at the Pomonal Hall, the group presented a display of endangered ecosystems, featuring Grasslands and Rainforests. It hasn’t been done before so it will be quite an achievement.

Commencing on Saturday the 6th from 9.00 until 5.00 and on Sunday the 7th from 9.00 until 4.00, visitors were able to see a fabulous display of hundreds of named native flower species and all of these picked from members’ gardens. Visitors were also able to buy loads of native plants (many which are rare and collectable), gardening and botany books and also refreshments; and they were able to visit some excellent local native gardens, included in the price of flower show entry ticket.

Adding to the show, at the back of the hall were two displays. One display, championing Rainforests, featured the work of Ellis Rowan, an award-winning Australian female botanical artist from the 19th century, and provided examples of many beautiful rainforest plants suitable for our gardens or pot culture.

Always a beautiful display

The other display was an interactive Grasslands display presented by our members from the ‘Jallukar Native Grasslands Project’, with plant specimens, photographic displays and some hands-on experiences that highlight one of our most undervalued but beautiful ecosystems.

All this wonderment cost adults only $5 and children are free.

Visitors can take the opportunity to visit the grand, picturesque and botanically-significant Grampians National Park on the same weekend.

Please email Linda Handscombe, or the Grampians Group, or call 0407 700 843 for show enquiries and visit easterngrampians.com.au or ring the Halls Gap and Grampians Visitor Information Centre on 1800 065 599 for general enquiries. You can also follow us on Facebook at APS Grampians Group.

This event has been supported by the Ararat Rural City Council.