12th FJC Rogers Seminar 2018, on the Plant Family Goodeniaceae

This Seminar is being held on the 20th and 21st October 2018 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran School, Trinity Drive Horsham, Victoria.

The Saturday program (yet to be finalised) will be presentations from experts on Molecular structure of Families and possible changes – Identification and species – propagation – growing and cultivation – breeding and potential of the Goodeniaceae family. The keynote speaker is Dr Kelly Shepherd from the West Australian Herbarium. Other speakers will include Neville Walsh, Rodger & Gwen Elliot, Hazel Dempster and Angus Stewart all experts on Australian Flora

Other activities on Saturday will be book and plant sales. A wide range of plants from this plant family are being propagated specifically for the weekend and many are species not usually available in the nursery trade.

The day will conclude with a Seminar Dinner and after dinner speaker.

The Sunday program is a coach trip to visit three large gardens around the edge of the Grampians

To register an expression of interest email: moc.l1511225731iamg@15112257318102r1511225731anime1511225731ssreg1511225731orcjf1511225731

More detailed information, as it becomes available will be added to the website and sent to people who register an interest.

Seminar brochure

Expressions of Interest form

Keynote speaker Dr Kelly Ann Shepherd

 

Profile

Dr Kelly Shepherd is a Senior Research Scientist based at the Western Australian Herbarium. She is a taxonomist currently working on a range of plant groups in Western Australia, focusing on naming and describing new species of conservation concern. Her primary research interests include the systematics of the ‘salt-loving’ samphires in the subfamily Salicornioideae (Chenopodiaceae) and the genera Lasiopetalum and Thomasia (Malvaceae). She provides expert taxonomic identification of species within the genera Sarcocornia and Tecticornia (including the former genera Halosarcia, Sclerostegia, Pachycornia and Tegicornia).

Kelly is also currently involved in a large molecular phylogenetic study based on both nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences project using plant DNA to determine evolutionary relationships in the fan-flower family Goodeniaceae in collaboration with researchers in the United States .

Kelly is an ‘approved botanist’ within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981. This role involves the forensic examination of plants for a variety of purposes, including the identification of Cannabis on behalf of the WA Police.

Expertise

  • plant taxonomy, systematics, phylogenetics, morphology, cytology and anatomy.
  • Identification of Australian species of Sarcocornia and Tecticornia.
  • Desktopping Editor for Nuytsia — Western Australia’s Journal of Systematic Botany http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/nuytsia/.

Brief CV

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia, 2005. Thesis title: A Systematic Analysis of the Australian Salicornioideae (Chenopodiaceae).

Bachelor or Science (Botany/Zoology) Honours. The University of Western Australia, 1992. Thesis title: Faecal Analysis of Mammalian Herbivores in the Perup Forest, Western Australia.

RECENT POSITIONS HELD

Senior Research Scientist Western Australian Herbarium, Sep 2009 – to date.

Project: Taxonomic resolution and description of new plant species in Western Australia.

Research Scientist Western Australian Herbarium, Aug 2006 – Aug 2009.

Project ‘Saving our Species’ Biodiversity Conservation Initiative Resolution and description of new plant species in the Yilgarn ironstone and Ravensthorpe Range areas subject to mining interest.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow UK Millennium Seed Bank (based at Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority), Jan 2006 – Aug 2006. Project: Seed dormancy research focusing on Australian species with undifferentiated embryos.

Research Scientist The University of Western Australia and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Aug 2004 – Dec 2005. Project: A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the Goodeniaceae, with particular focus on Scaevola and Lechenaultia

Projects

Taxonomic resolution and description of new plant species, particularly from areas subject to mining in Western Australia.

Systematics of the genus Tecticornia and the family Goodeniaceae.

Kelly collecting Goodenia mimuloides in 2016. Image taken by Dr Carol Wilkins.

 

Kelly taking images of Coopernookia strophiolata in 2015. Image taken by Dr Juliet Wege.

 

[Contact details and a full list of publications are available from: https://science.dpaw.wa.gov.au/people/?sid=241]

[Some publications can be downloaded from: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kelly_Shepherd/publications]

Current list of Goodeniaceae publications

Shepherd K.A., Wege J.A. & Jabaily R.S. (2017). (2526) Proposal to conserve the name Goodenia (Goodeniaceae) with a conserved type. Taxon 66(3): 757–758.

Gardner A.G., Fitzgerald J.N., Menz J., Shepherd K.A., Howarth D.G., Jabaily R.S. (2016). Characterizing Floral Symmetry in the Core Goodeniaceae with Geometric Morphometrics. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0154736. doi:10.1371/journal.

Gardner A.G., Sessa E.B., Michener P., Johnson E., Shepherd K.A., Howarth D.G. & Jabaily R.S. (2016). Utilizing next-generation sequencing to resolve the backbone of the Core Goodeniaceae and inform future taxonomic and floral form studies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 94: 605–617.

Shepherd K.A., Hislop M. (2014). Scaevola xanthina (Goodeniaceae), a new yellow-flowered species from the south coast of Western Australia. Nuytsia 24: 95–99.

Jabaily R.S., Shepherd K.A., Gardner A.G., Gustafsson M.H.G., Howarth D.G. & Motley T.J. (2014). Historical Biogeography of the Predominantly Australian Plant Family Goodeniaceae. Journal of  Biogeography 41(11): 2057–2067. doi:10.1111/jbi.12363

Jabaily R.S., Shepherd K.A., Gustafsson M.H.G., Sage L.W., Krauss S.L., Howarth D.G. & Motley T.J. (2012). Systematics of the Austral-Pacific Family Goodeniaceae – Establishing a Taxonomic and Evolutionary Framework. Taxon 61: 419–436.

Kelly sampling Goodenia quadrilocularis for DNA sequencing and morphological study. Image taken by Dr Juliet Wege.

‘Glorious Goodeniaceae’
by Neil Marriott

How many of you have been blown away by the spectacular blue of a healthy Lechenaultia biloba, the famous ‘Blue Lechenaultia’ from Western Australia? Or how many of you have been in awe at the superb ‘Wreath Lechenaultia’ Lechenaultia macrantha growing on the sides of outback roads in the Mulga belt of WA?Closer to home we have the beautiful displays put on by our wonderful ‘Fan Flowers’, particularly Scaevola aemula or ‘Purple Fanfare’. These are just three of the many hundreds of exciting members of the Goodeniaceae family, and at the 12th FJC Rogers Seminar in October 2018 you will be able to learn all about these wonderful plants, and how we can all grow them.

 

Lechenaultia biloba ‘Blue Lechenaultia’
Neil Marriott

October 20-21st 2018

The Seminar is being run by both the Grampians APS Group and the Wimmera Growers of Australian Plants. Put the dates of October 20-21st 2018 into your diaries now, as this will prove to be one of the very best seminars yet. Not only will we have experts to tell us all about the science of the family, we will also have renowned horticulturalists, whom will help us learn how to grow these beauties in our gardens.



Lechenaultia macrantha ‘Wreath Lechenaultia’
Neil Marriott

We will also learn all about the Type genus Goodenia and how it is widespread all over most of Australia. Most of us know our local Goodenias, particularly the common ‘Hop Goodenia’  Goodenia ovata but how many of us know that even here in Victoria we have a beautiful pink flowered Goodenia? This is the rare Goodenia macmillanii found in a number of limited sites in south Gippsland. In WA there are even superb blue flowered Goodenia species that we will learn about and hopefully be able to purchase for our gardens!! We will also learn about strange genera such as Coopernookia, Anthotium, Velleia and many more.



Goodenia macmillanii
Neil Marriott

Goodeniaceae Plants for Sale

An exciting feature of the 2018 FJC Rogers Seminar will be the sale of a large range of seldom available Goodeniaceae tubestock being grown by members of the Grampians and Wimmera APS groups. It will be worth registering simply to be able to buy some of these wonderful plants. If readers are growing any rare or unusual members of the Goodeniaceae family we would love to hear from you -you may be able to help us with plant material to propagate for sale at the weekend.



Goodeniaceae Photo Guides

Another really exciting feature of the 2018 seminar will be the provision of a series of botanical photo guides on inland Goodeniaceae, WA Goodeniaceae and SE Australian Goodeniaceae. These will be provided to all registrants on their very own USB stick, or for a little more, as a printed copy for those who prefer this option.



Spectacular Gardens full of Goodeniaceae

On the Saturday we will have a wonderful day of lectures and discussions, followed by a great evening dinner and talk on Goodeniaceae at the lovely Lutheran School hall in Horsham. On Sunday we will be visiting some of the best native gardens in the state, where we will see many of the superb members of the Goodeniaceae family being grown to perfection. Come along and have a superb weekend hosted by two of our most enthusiastic APS groups. To register your interest in attending the 2018 Goodeniaceae seminar please provide your name and contact details to: moc.l1511225731iamg@15112257318102r1511225731anime1511225731ssreg1511225731orcjf1511225731 or phone 03 5383 6200 and we will keep you up to date with progress.

Fred Rogers – a passionate advocate for Australian Plants

The “Goodeniaceae” Seminar that will be held in 2018 is the 12th to be held in honour of Mr F J C (Fred) Rogers who had always advocated the need for educating members about specific groups of plants.

In 1954, Arthur Swaby published his ideas of forming“Australian Growers of Australians” The encouraging response resulted in the inaugural meeting on 12th March 1957 – held in Melbourne’s Horticultural Hall in Victoria Street.  At this meeting this group was blessed with its name,”The Society for Growing Australian Plants” (SGAP) – South East Region”.

Fred was a member of this group since 1959.

In the first few years Groups were founded in Capital cities, and generally based upon State boundaries.


By the beginning of 1964 the South East Region had grown to 700 mostly enthusiastic members who lacked leadership and direction.

Apart from his activities at the local level, Fred as a foundation member of the Society, became President of the South East Region in April 1963  and held this role until May 1968. He set about the task of moving the Society forward.

Fred quickly showed himself to be a leader and a man of knowledge and action so during his term of office the Society grew from 700 members to over 1200.

An additional seven District Groups were formed during Fred’s term as President. In March 1966, Fred called a meeting to his home in Ringwood and the “Maroondah Group” was formed with him as the inaugural President, a position he held for the next 5 years.

Fred was the convenor of the South East Region flower shows from 1964 to 1971 held at the Lower Melbourne Town Hall. He also conducted Council of Adult Education courses on native plants.

He took a keen interest in all South East Region activities and participated wherever he could. He was frequently listed in newsletters as the organizer of excursions and often led them. He was a keen propagator and mention is made of him providing and planting shrubs in many school grounds mainly in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He also provided plants at Maroondah monthly meetings.  In addition he was often listed as a speaker at public meetings throughout Victoria.

The South East Region quarterly newsletter was also printed, and assembled by a group of volunteers, from the Rogers household for many years. It gradually grew to 1500 copies. It would have been a time consuming task. An addressograph was purchased in September 1966 to make the post out much easier due to increased membership.

In March 1971, Tasmania became a separate group, South East region then became known as SGAP Vic.

Fred was also involved in the formation of the federal body known as the Australian Society for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP) in 1962. He attended the first meeting in Brisbane (1962), and subsequent conferences in Sydney (1963), Sydney (1965), Melbourne (1967) and Adelaide (1969). He was elected Federal President in 1967 for the following two years.

Fred was also instrumental in having two reserves in the Ringwood area created to preserve local flora. One was Wombalano Park and the other, a patch of remnant bushland opposite the Heathmont railway station, later named The FJC Rogers Reserve.  In addition, the Council erected a plaque in the Horsham Botanic Gardens to acknowledge his promotion of Australian plants in the Wimmera.

Fred Rogers, with his wife June and youngest daughter, came to live at Vectis in January 1976. Fred had been appointed Principal of Horsham West Primary School.

Fred brought with him a love for Australian native plants and botanical expertise that could not bematched by anyone else in the Wimmera. He took every opportunity to promote the growing of Australian native plants through speaking to students, parents of students, fellow teachers and others.During Term 2 of 1976 he ran a course on Native Plants for the Horsham Learning Centre.From this course and his contacts at school, he was able to initiate the idea of forming a Wimmera group of The Scociety of Growing Australian Plants.

Fred worked hard to promote the formation of this group by ’letter drop’, advertising in the paper and speaking to people whom he already knew had native gardens.

In August 1976, Fred chaired the first meeting in the Library of Horsham West Primary School of “The Society of Growing Australian Plants – Wimmera Group”.

Forty four people attended the meeting- a product of Fred’s hard work in getting the group off the ground. Fred was elected interim President and Royce Raleigh was elected interim Secretary.  For the next few months, Fred organised meetings and garden visits. In March 1977, the group was formally formed with Fred being elected President – a position he held for 5 years, and Royce Raleigh was elected Secretary- a position he held for 9 years.

Fred was responsible for organising meetings & activities. There were excursions to various gardens, nearby Parks (Grampians, Black Range, Arapiles and Little Desert), the Nature Shows in the Horsham High School (an annual event for several years), school excursions to these shows and Plant Identification Nights.

Since the group’s inception, Fred was a member of the Committee. He willingly supplied to members the correct spelling of plant names and was able to identify many species of native plants. At meetings, he always ensured that members gained knowledge.

Fred took every opportunity to promote the Group and was often guest speaker at various garden clubs throughout the Wimmera including Birchip, Donald and Kaniva.

In addition, Fred was a member of the “Field Naturalists Club of Victoria” since 1960. He was also a founding member, in 1961, and President (for 4 years) of the Ringwood Field Naturalists Club

Fred was made a life member of APS Maroondah in 1971, APS Vic Inc. in 1972 as well as being made a life member of Ringwood Field Naturalists Club in 1975.  In 1991 he awarded the Natural History Medallion for his services to Australian Native Plants. In 1995 he was presented with the ASGAP Australian Plants Award and also a life membership of Wimmera Growers of Australian Plants Inc.

He wrote a number of books and many articles on native plants including a “Field Guide to Victorian Wattles”, “Growing Australian Plants” and “Growing More Australian Plants”, “A Guide to Plants in Little Desert and Mt Arapiles Area”.

In 1995, as Fred, Royce Raleigh and Paul Kennedy all had an interest in Hakeas, they had planned a large seminar on the species. Sadly Fred passed away before the event, which was then dedicated to him.

APS Victoria has honoured Fred by naming these bi-annual seminars –“ FJC Rogers Seminars” in recognition of his magnificent service to the Society and to uphold Fred’s desire that members should continue to be educated about specific groups of plants.

Royce Raleigh
June & Peter Rogers  August 2017