Native Plants Sunshine Coast Meetings, Excursions and Local Events for 2018

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Our Year to Date:

We started our NPSC new year with a display for three days at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, upstairs in the internal viewing area of the new Rainforest Discovery Centre. This was the first time we have worked with the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) at this venue. Our topic was – Creating a Bird Friendly Garden – to fit in with the Mary Cairncross theme of Birds of a feather.  Many NPSC members worked through the Christmas holidays producing a new brochure – Native Plants for Native Birds – as a focus for the display. 
Other notable events early in the year were:
A walk through Russell Family Park, Montville, showcasing the revitalization of this beautiful park.
Providing a speaker and a small display for the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) Native Bee Workshop at Maroochy Gardens.
Our Annual General  Meeting at Flaxton, followed by a garden exploration.
A propagation session at Mt. Mellum for myrtle rust threatened plants and other rare species, including a talk on the parameters of the myrtle rust project.
A walk through Mary Cairncross Reserve to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday 10 November:  Native Bee Workshop by Native Bee Rescue Group at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens. NPSC is providing a speaker and a display. Bookings on the SCC website.
 Sunday 11 November: 10.00 am at Butterfly Hill Nursery (which specializes in butterfly plants), Petrie Creek Rd, Nambour.  BYO morning tea – tables etc in nursery. A walk through the Butterfly house with a talk by Teena ($7 each). Parking in the new estate opposite the nursery.
Saturday 1 December: 8.00 am to 1.00 pm – Mapleton Community Library Fair and NPSC plant sale at the Mapleton Library, Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton.
Saturday 1 December: 10.00 am to 2.30 am – NPQ Christmas Regional Gathering, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. We are having a BYO morning tea at 10:00am and a bring-a-plate-to-share lunch at noon. We expect to finish our gathering around 2:30pm
Sunday 9 December:  Creating habitat morning at Mary Cairncross. RSVP by 16 November. Refer to brochure.


 Notable Recent Excursions and Events:

Tree ID Stroll around the streets of Flaxton (March). A Plant List and a Bird List were  provided for the area visited.
NPQ gathering and AGM at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre (April).
Walk through the Mooloolah River National Park (April) -see  Botanical List for the area.  For information about the campaign to save the old growth forest refer to – Save the Steve Irwin Way Forest
Birds, Community Conservation, Maroochy Botanic Gardens. Conference.
NPQ Winter Gathering, Eaton’s Hill (June).
Guided walk in the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, Bli Bli (June).  The Sunshine Coast Council has produced a brochure for visitors to the Sanctuary
Queensland Garden Expo,  Nambour (July).
Ramble through Banyula private conservation reserve ,Hunchy (20 years of revegetation and native garden development).
Native Plants Sunshine Coast 10th anniversary celebration, Maleny.
Regional Gathering of Native Plants Queensland at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens
Noosa Wallum Festival, Sunshine Beach.
Native Plants Queensland’s Native Flower Show and Plants Market at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Rosewood Festival, Ipswich
Samford Valley Garden and Lifestyle Expo
Helidon Hills plant spotting
Australian Native Plant Society ( Australia ) Inc. Conference, Canberra