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By joining us you will not only gain access to the vast knowledge of our members but also a fantastic seed list, bi-annual journal and great days out visiting interesting collections of Australasian plants where we also hold plant swaps.

Details on how to join us can be found here.


Where To Go

Ever wondered where to go to see collections of Australian and New Zealand plants in the British Isles? Check out the ones below. There are no doubt many other places with interesting plants, and we would be pleased to hear of them. If you click on the Garden name it will take you to the web site of the garden.

National Botanic Garden Of Wales

Plas Newydd

Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

Logan Botanic Gardens.

Lullingstone World Garden.

The Savill Garden.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Rowallane Garden, County Down.

Mount Stewart Garden, County Down.

Ness Botanic Gardens.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Wakehurst Place.

Glenveagh Castle Gardens County Donegal.

Glasnevin, Dublin.

Mount Usher, County Wicklow.

Anigozanthos Flavidus

What’s On?

To find out what’s on, see the events below. If you have any questions then please contact our meetings organiser at meetings@anzplantsoc.org.uk.


Saturday 9th June 2018: Cookscroft

Start Time: 11am

Cookscroft, APS members John and Jill Williams’ five acre garden, is located to the south west of Chichester, West Sussex. Being about one mile from the sea it has a relatively maritime climate. Started in 1988, it features cottage, woodland and Japanese style gardens, water features and borders of perennials with a particular emphasis on southern hemisphere plants. Of particular note to APS members will be the 40 eucalyptus species  together with collections of CorokiaCorreaCallistemonGrevillea and Hakea as well as a well grown Boronia heterophylla which has survived many years grown permanently outdoors. There will be an admission charge of £5.

For refreshments there are a number of pubs and restaurants local to the area although you  may need to prebook if wishing to attend the nearest.

Please contact Gary Firth at meetings@anzplantsoc.org.uk if you expect to attend.

Directions: Cookscroft is located in  Bookers Lane, Earnley, Chichester, PO20 7JG. Travelling from Chichester, after a long straight road in Birdham go left at the roundabout. One mile further on, on a sharp right hand bend, Bookers Lane goes off to the left from the apex of the bend. There may well be ”Diversion” signs but take no notice. Once you have entered the lane, Cookscroft is the second property on the left. Drive past the house and barns and you will see a double entrance on the left. Go through the first single gate and up the drive, turn right into the field and there is ample parking space.

A satnav should take you straight to Bookers Lane but beware of going too far down.


Thursday 19th July:  The Ecology of Banksia, Dryandra and Other Australian Proteaceae; a talk by Kevin and Kathy Collins of Banksia Farm

Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

10.30am: Meet at garden entrance

11am: Talk by Kevin and Kathy Collins in the garden’s classroom

12:30pm: Buffet Lunch at the gardens

13:30pm: Garden Tour with horticultural team.

Kevin and Kathy Collins of Banksia Farm are the holders of the only complete collection of Banksia in the world and are world authorities on the subject of Banksias and Dryandras, two of Australia’s most iconic genera.
See the following link for more information
An entrance fee to the garden of £6 will be charged to members attending the lecture.


8th September: Kew Gardens

Start Time: 11am at Victoria Gate, Kew Road

Point of Contact: chairman@anzplantsoc.org.uk

We will be visiting the newly reopened and replanted temperate house, Australasian plantings in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Rock Garden and an exhibition of botanical art in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery called “The Florilegium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney”.


12th September: Geoffrey Cooper’s Arboretum, Oxfordshire

Start Time: 12am

Point of Contact: meetings@anzplantsoc.org.uk

APS member Geoffrey Cooper’s six acres of rare trees and shrubs at Singe Wood in Oxfordshire have to be seen to be believed. Geoffrey pays close attention to his plants’ needs and to their provenance, and thus succeeds in growing many Australasian species well in what might seem to be a less than auspicious location. He has planted about 600 specimens, including 100 or so eucalypts, along with acacias and other Australasian shrubs and small trees, and Nothofagus from Australia, New Zealand and Chile, as well as trees and shrubs from other parts of the southern hemisphere, north America and Asia, all growing in a beautiful naturalistic setting.
As Singe Wood is not easy to find and parking is limited, we will meet at Geoffrey’s house (directions below) and leave at 12.00 sharp to drive to the arboretum, sharing cars if necessary. The terrain is a bit rough – think walk in a wood – and if it has recently rained it could be muddy, so sturdy footwear is a must. You will also need to bring lunch, including something to drink, as there are no nearby facilities.
Please contact Gary Firth at meetings@anzplantsoc.org.uk if you expect to attend.
Directions: Geoffrey’s address is Milton House, Cote, Bampton, Witney, Oxfordshire OX18 2EG, grid reference SP353027. From Aston (east of Bampton) travel about ¾ mile towards Standlake and Eynsham on the B4449 until you come to a crossroads. Turn right (towards Cote and Old Shifford; the lane has no name) and Milton House is about ¼ mile on the right. The entrance is between two stone pillars. Please park in the grounds, not on the road verge.


6th-7th October: Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair

Times: 11am-4pm

Point of Contact: meetings@anzplantsoc.org.uk

Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter was for many years the family home of eminent gardener and garden writer Christopher Lloyd. Great Dixter’s plant fairs attract specialist nurseries from all over the UK and Europe and this year we will be attending to sell plants and publicise the society. Great Dixter is located just outside of Northiam in East Sussex, post code TN31 6PH; entrance to the fair is included within a garden entry ticket.

Please find more information about it here:



10th November: AGM, Lullingstone Castle

Start Time: 10am

Point of Contact: meetings@anzplantsoc.org.uk

All members are invited to attend the AGM which, thanks to our President’s continued generosity, we are again holding at Lullingstone Castle in Kent. This is always a terrific day, not least because the business aspects of the AGM are confined to the morning session and the remainder of the day is pure pleasure. After a buffet lunch Tom will take us round the World Garden and his varied undercover collections. In between there will be opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new ones, to purchase plants from specialist growers and to swap plants with other society members.


18th November: AGM at Lullingstone World Garden.

Start time 10am

As in previous years, we would like to welcome you to Lullingstone for what always proves to be a fun day.  The ‘business’ aspect of the AGM will be kept to the morning session and then after a break for a buffet lunch there will be the opportunity to visit the world famous ‘World Garden’, catch up with other members of the society, purchase plants from specialist nurseries and swap plants with other members.

30th September: Hastings, private garden and Alexandra Park

Start time: 10.30 am

Judy Clark’s small suburban garden will be open from 10.30. It is packed with around 300 southern hemisphere plants, the majority Australian, including a Plant Heritage national collection of correas, also know as Australian fuchsias. Correas bloom from August to March and, fingers crossed, many of them will have started flowering; see ‘What’s Growing’ for some pictures. This part of the event is joint with Plant Heritage Sussex.

Owen Johnson, author of the Collins Tree Guide, will show us round Alexandra Park, starting at 2pm. The tour will focus on southern hemisphere species but will not neglect other interesting trees. Alexandra Park is regarded as the best public park in England to see rare and well-grown trees, including 16 Champion trees.

For lunch bring a picnic or there is a reasonable cafe with a sea view about 5 minutes walk away on the West Hill.

Alexandra Park is a 20 to 25 minute walk from Judy’s house or a 5 minute drive plus a walk the length of which depends on where there’s a parking space.

Bring plants to swap or sell during the morning.

Contact Judy at editor@anzplantsoc.org.uk for further details including directions.

 9th September (Provisional): Ness Botanic Gardens - Unfortunately this event is no longer going ahead. We hope to visit Ness in 2018.

5th August: Marks Hall Garden and Arboretum in Essex

Start Time: 10.30am

The Marks Hall collection is planted on a geographical theme with plants from the temperate regions of the world grouped together. There are areas representing Europe, Asia, North America and the Southern Hemisphere, set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape providing interest and enjoyment throughout the year.

Highlights include the Millennium Walk, designed for structure, colour and scent. The largest planting of Wollemi Pine in Europe and the inspired combination of traditional and contemporary planting in the 18th century walled garden.

Afterwards there will also be an opportunity to visit RHS Hyde Hall Gardens which is holding its annual show that weekend.

The gardens are situated between Coggeshall & Earls Colne, with access from the M11 & A12. There are brown and white signs on the A120 north of Coggeshall.

For further details please contact Gary Firth at themyrtleman@gmail.com.


4th-9th July: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This year, the society will be displaying plants from Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with Plant Heritage, including representatives from National Collections and Plant Guardians, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. There will be members manning the stand, so come along and say hello! This will also be a great opportunity to find some plants for sale from nurseries specialising in plants from Australia and New Zealand.


27th January: Linnean Society Tour

Start Time 10.30am (meet outside Burlington House on Piccadilly, London at 10.15am) 

Cost: A donation to the Linnean Society with a suggested minimum donation of £5 per person

Join us for a unusual opportunity to tour the collections of the longest standing society for the study of natural history. The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. As it moves into its third century the Society continues to play a central role in the documentation of the world’s flora and fauna – as Linnaeus himself did – recognising the continuing importance of such work to biodiversity conservation.Boasting such famous names as Charles Darwin and Sir Joseph Banks among its fellows the societies collections hold treasures that are sure to be of interest to anyone interested in Australasian plants. Not least of all among these collections are two volumes of Celia Rosser’s ‘The Banksias’  which we have made a special request to see during our visit.

If you wish to attend please let Robbie Blackhall-Miles know by email at chairman@anzplantsoc.org.uk by 20th January 2017

Please direct all enquiries to chairman@anzplantsoc.org.uk


12th November: AGM at Lullingstone World Garden.

Start time 10am

After a record attendance to our AGM in 2015 we would like to welcome you back to Lullingstone for what always proves to be a fun day.  The ‘business’ aspect of the AGM will be kept to the morning session and then after a break for a buffet lunch there will be the opportunity to visit the world famous ‘World Garden’, catch up with other members of the society and purchase plants from other members and specialist nurseries.

21st August: Chelsea Physic Garden and Mona Abboud’s Garden, London. Meeting at 11am at the Main entrance to Chelsea Physic on Swan Walk, just off Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea.

The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful  Society of Apothecaries for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. The focus of the garden remains plants of medicinal and ethnobotanical interest. They also grow rare and endangered species and plants named or introduced by people associated with the Garden’s history. Not to mention botanical order beds, collections of island endemic species and a large glasshouse for plants too tender to thrive outside. Medicinal plants on show include ones  associated with Aboriginal, Maori and South African tribal medicine. We anticipate that Head Gardener Nick Bailey will be able to show us round. An entrance fee for the Chelsea Physic garden applies.

APS member Mona Abboud is the holder of a National Collection of corokia. Her long narrow garden in Highgate is chock full of interesting plants, including many from Australia and New Zealand; more information can be found at monasgarden.co.uk.

4th – 10th July: Maria and Gary Firth shall be showing Australian myrtles in the Plant Heritage area at the Hampton Court Flower Show.

22nd June: Judy Clark and Gary Firth will be among 5 Sussex Collection Holders talking on Plant Heritage Collections (Correas and Myrtles) at the Chichester Garden Fest (on from 20th – 22nd)

18th – 19th June: The Australasian Plant Society will have a stand at the ‘All About Plants’ event, held at RHS Wisley (in Wilsons Wood). This is a major Plant Society show featuring displays from many plant societies, large colour-filled central displays, information about showing and judging a range of plants, planting displays and master classes.
10am – 5pm Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday

Saturday 14th May: Open Garden Day at Maria and Gary Firth’s Garden in Haywards Heath at 10.30am and then on to Tim and Gill Burr’s Garden for 1.30pm.

15th February, 5.45pm to 7.15pm: Seed banking, the forest & mountain flora of New ZealandKew Mutual Improvement Society lecture by Gareth Porteous (Kew Diploma student). Venue: Jodrell lecture theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Price: £2 entry

11th January, 5.45pm to 7.15pm: Growing against the odds in AustraliaKew Mutual Improvement Society lecture by Rupert Harbinson (Kew Diploma student and APS member). Venue: Jodrell lecture theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Price: £2 entry


14th November: AGM at Lullingstone World Garden.

22nd August:

West Sussex, 22 August

Please note important changes to the advertised programme

The programme for this meeting has had to be changed due to the sudden serious illness of Gary Firth, at whose garden we were going to start our meeting. I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing Gary a very speedy recovery.

So, the day will start at  Borde Hill Garden (www.bordehill.co.uk/) where we will meet in the car park (parking is free) at 11 am. Borde Hill is 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath, 20 minutes north of Brighton, and 20 minutes south of Gatwick on the A23 (exit 10a via Balcombe). For satnav users the postcode is RH16 1XP. The garden is free to RHS members during August and National Trust members paying the full entry price get two for the price of one.

We will eat lunch at Borde Hill. There is an excellent cafe (I have been there), or bring your own. I anticipate that we will leave about 1.30 for our next venue.

In the afternoon we will visit Nymans (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans/), approximately 15 minutes drive from Borde Hill. Since first  planning this meeting I have learned more about Australasian plants there and Gary has arranged for a member of staff to show us round. They are creating a new gully garden which will be almost solely devoted to Australasian plants. It won’t be fully open until next spring and it will be interesting to see it at this early stage and to find out about what plants they’ve chosen and why. There is also a Chilean walled garden and a South African bed, so plenty more of interest.

Entry to Nymans is free to National Trust members and, during August, to RHS members (as far as I can understand from  the RHS Members’ Handbook). The address is Nymans, Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West  Sussex, RH17 6EB.

For anyone who wants to make a weekend of it on Sunday 23rd we will visit Wakehurst Place (http://www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst) and a nursery or two if I can manage to organise something. Final arrangements will be made when we meet on the Saturday.

Do bring plants to swap and we will make some time for this during the day.

If you would like to attend please let Judy know in advance at editor@anzplantsoc.org.uk


4th July: Sheffield Botanic Gardens and APS member Sue Kohler’s garden.


Saturday 7th June: Edinburgh Botanic Gardens + AGM

July 12th: Wakehurst Place

September 20th: Plas Newydd, Crug Farm & Fossil Garden

November 15th: Lullingstone World Garden


For Our National Meeting for 2013 we are going to The National Botanic Garden of Wales in South West Wales

We had a meeting there when it first opened, and it will be interesting to see how it has developed over the years.

We are planning to have a guided tour of the Great Glasshouse as part of the day, and whilst some time will be taken up by our AGM there will be plenty of time to look round.

And as an inducement as it is our AGM we will pay for entry for paid up members.

Our events have always been very enjoyable – a mix of sociable and learning about plants, so please put the date in your diary now.