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NEW! North West Group hosting next Members Get-together

Members of the North West group of APST would like to invite all APST members to enjoy a most enjoyable weekend and really interesting program at beautiful Port Sorell. Camp Banksia provides various options for group accommodation. It can accommodate all members who wish to attend and has very nice foci Ii ties. The planning team have tried to keep costs to a minimum, so that as many members as possible can stay together on site.

Bunk accommodation: $26 per person/day. There are 11 to 12 cabins available, so couples may not have to share with others.

Beach Cabins with ensuite: $100 twin share/day. (6 available beds - $20 per extra adult). Members can either bring their own bedding - pillow, sheets, quilt and towel, or hire them, for $20/person.


The weekend will be catered. It includes a light meal on Friday evening, breakfasts on both Saturday and Sunday, and the Society's Annual Dinner. Lunches will not be provided. We intend to buy lunch at the Arboretum on Saturday.

There are nice bakeries in Pt Sorell for Sunday lunch.
Breakfast - $13.50 each
Friday evening - a 2 course dinner - $29.50 each
Saturday evening - Drinks and nibbles, followed by a 2 course Annual Dinner - $35 each.

Download the information page including the planned program.

NEW! Vale Noel Kerrison


It is with heartfelt sadness that APST Inc. Members say farewell to Noel, who was a friend to many of his fellow APST members and especially to those in the Hobart Group. Noel was a notable and valued member of our society, dedicated, hardworking, and meticulous in all he did. During the years he was editor of Eucryphia we became aware of his quiet sense of humour, his love of Tasmania, and his exceptional attention to detail. He was devoted to his beloved and talented wife Pat, and to his family, to whom we send our condolences. We will miss him.

Noel Kerrison first met with the Society for Growing Australian Plants Tasmania (SGAP) in 1992 when he accompanied his wife Pat to the Conference of the Associations of the Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP) in Perth, WA. Subsequently, travelling with Pat and other SGAP friends, they made many more caravan-camping expeditions all over Australia, in the search for native plants in extra-ordinary places. Pat had been a Member since 1989 or earlier and was one of the team of botanical artists who contributed to the paintings and publications of our Tasmanian Plant Identikits.

After his retirement from the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission, Noel served as Public Officer to our new State Executive of the first Tasmanian Regional Council from 1994. He continued to serve in that position until his recent death. Noel’s great gift to the Tasmanian Plants Society was as editor of our magazine Eucryphia for the following 20 years. In 1999 the name of SGAP Tasmania Inc. was formally changed to the Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. As Public Officer, Noel guided the Society through those complicated times.

(From the Hobart Group Newsletter, April 2018)

Grass Roots to Mountain Tops - ANPSA 2018 Hobart Conference Report

A different approach

There was an innovative approach to this conference to make it lean, sustainable and cost effective. It started by looking at summary reports from previous conferences and talking to those who had attended. A conference organising company, Conference Design, was engaged to handle registrations, tour bookings and all financial aspects. This enabled the Committee to focus on what we knew about i.e. organising botanical tours, selecting speakers, venue and the overall program. Another consideration was environmental as we used reusable/recyclable paper bags instead of conference bags, recycled (used) pens and reusable water bottles.

The Panel on the Future was an opportunity to share experiences and some of the other Regions’ future challenges with the objective of ensuring our progressive continuity into the future. This Conference was the first to have on-line registration which was a huge leap for us but worked very well from a management point of view and hopefully was convenient for participants.

The Conference papers were, for the first time, available via the ANPSA Conference website. This eliminated printing & distribution costs and continues to give access to anyone who is interested in the Conference proceedings, and they can be found at

The handbook, an A5 spiral bound printed volume, contained the daily program, information on the Conference week excursions including a map of the routes; speaker topics, abstracts, bios and photos of the presenters and space to write notes during presentations; information on Study Groups and how to become involved; lists of volunteers; sponsors and partners; and, a map of the venue. It was designed to be a memento of the occasion. This was particularly well received.



  • The pre & post tours were enjoyed and appreciated by all participants. They ran to plan and without mishap due to the exceptional efforts of our organisers, bus tour companies and botanical guides.
  • First day - Indigenous leader Dewayne Everettsmith gave an entertaining and thought provoking cultural exchange; our Patron Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania opened the Conference in her easy and informed style; Keynote Speaker Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick introduced the audience to Tasmanian alpine plants and the day ended with a special reception at Government House.
  • Tuesday night saw the changeover of Presidents from Ben Walcott to our Riitta Boevink, The Australian Plant Awards were announced: Alexander Floyd from NSW for the Professional award and Diana Snape from Victoria for the Amateur award. To top the evening off James Wood gave an insightful A J Swaby Address on seed collection & preservation.
  • The Speakers program followed the Conference theme starting at the grass roots of the saltmarshes and worked its way up to the top of Mt Wellington.
  • The Amanda Walker 2018 Calendar was beautiful and very successful.
  • About 1/3 of the attendees were new conference attendees.
  • Floral arrangements and bouquets for the Governor and Committee were beautiful.
  • The essential support network of members, friends, local businesses and families who gave their time and skills to make it a very successful and enjoyable conference.

The committee started out 3 years ago and followed a set plan of what needed to be done, by whom and by when. This allowed this small team of 6 to get ready for this big event. Sponsorship was in the form of donations, gifts and time given to us at no cost. Partners were people and organisations who worked with us to achieve the end. Publicity was mainly through contact & a presentation at the Canberra Conference in 2015, the journals & websites of other APS organisations throughout Australia, the ANPSA website.

Social media was not used to any planned extent but Eventbright was used to invite interested people to the A J Swaby Address and it had a 25% uptake.

Wrest Point was an excellent venue with all the Conference rooms on a single level. Boardwalk Gallery which housed registration, morning or afternoon  tea  &   lunch; book sales; Study Group displays; socialising and a meeting point.

Engaging Conference Design was one of the best decisions made as they not only released the Committee from managing financial aspects. Ben Thiessen & his staff were always helpful and attentive to our requirements.

The Art Deco Derwent Room was the setting for the Conference Dinner and guest speaker John Groom delivered an interesting and historically informative talk which including reference to the development of the site and founders of the centre.  The beautiful glass paperweights presented to the main speakers were designed and crafted by James Dodson.  Financially the Conference was a success and broke even.    

My thanks go to everyone involved, members, speakers, tour organisers, guides & botanists, volunteers, website support, Study Group leaders & members, friends, member gardeners and a wonderfully dedicated committee. 

Margaret Killen     Conference Convenor

Introducing our Patron


We are very pleased to announce that on 26 August 2017 Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania agreed to become the Patron of the APST Inc.

Tasmania’s 28th Governor was sworn to Office at Government House on Wednesday 10 December 2014. Her Excellency graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1970, and a Master of Laws in 1978.

Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute. She had also, in her career at the University, held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law and Head of School.

Following her appointment as Governor, she was made a professor emeritus.

patronHer Excellency was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014 and then a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017. She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007 and the Women Lawyers Award for Leadership in 2013.

Her Excellency is married to Richard Warner, and they have two daughters. Richard was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 1999, and was actively involved in the Derwent Valley community. He is a keen horticulturalist, and interested in the re-use of redundant heritage buildings in Tasmania.

She is grandmother to five grandchildren, a passionate gardener, keen bushwalker and occasional cyclist.

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Becoming a member doesn't require the person to attend meetings unless they are particularly interested in the topic being presented or discussed that month (see the Calendar page for what's on). Garden visits are often offered so that members can see how plants grow in gardens, and field outings allow members to appreciate plants in their natural state and learn their names and habitats.

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