Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP)
The Society for Growing Australian Plants. (SGAP)
SGAP was formed in 1957 for the purpose of studying and developing the horticultural potential of Australian native plants and preserving them through cultivation. With over 8,000 members throughout Australia, it is one of the largest horticultural societies in the country. The Society has made a significant contribution to the knowledge of the Australian flora, its cultivation and introduction into nurseries and home gardens.
The Society operates as autonomous Regions based in each of the 6 Australian States and the Australian Capital Territory. SGAP Queensland Region has about 1200 members, some of whom have also joined one of the Local Branches throughout Queensland and hold regular meetings in their own areas.
There are autonomous Regional headquarters in the capital cities of each state, as well as numerous branches throughout the country. The Queensland Region meets at the Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt. Coot-tha Road, Toowong.The Society is a non-professional organisation and is open to all persons interested in the study, growing and preservation of Australian plants.
The SGAP Mackay Branch
The Mackay branch has been operating since 13th July 1978. Branch membership offers all entitlements from Queensland Region as well as a range of local activities and benefits. Regional entitlements include 4 issues per annum of the Bulletin (The Queensland Region magazine); access to an extensive State Library; seeds from the Seed Bank, access to membership of Branches and Study Groups and the opportunity to attend State and Federal Conferences.
Mackay Branch activities and benefits include: -
Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month, except January, are held at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens' Meeting Room. (AGM February)
7.30 p.m. Library, plant and publication sales; 8.00 p.m. Business followed by regular features and a topic of interest. Meetings conclude with a raffle and supper. Visitors/guests are always welcome!
Branch Publications relevant to the Mackay area - available at meetings or by mail.
The Library contains a comprehensive collection of publications for use by members.
Plant Propagation Group -
Workshops are usually held the last Thursday morning of the month. Plants are grown for sale to members at meetings, for annual public sales and for special projects. Excursions to collect propagating material happen from time to time.
Public Plant Sales and Displays promote the use of Australian native plants and provide information relevant to local conditions.
The Newsletter -
'The Graptophyllum' - published six times each year to inform members of forthcoming activities. It also contains reports and articles of interest.
Excursions and social activities are held from time to time and are advertised in the newsletter.
Community Projects: Over the years these have included a rainforest planting at the University, a re-vegetation plot on the Pioneer River, a Federal Government funded rehabilitation project at the Lagoons as well as the long-standing and ongoing commitment to support the development of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. Submissions, plant lists and information have also been provided for numerous proposal and projects within the district and the branch has been represented on many local, state and federal government advisory groups.
The Branch Emblem the Mount Blackwood Holly, Graptophyllum ilicifolium, is a vulnerable local species, first introduced into cultivation by the Mackay Branch in 1991. It is now readily available in the nursery trade as Holly Fuchsia
For further information about the Society, please contact the Secretary:
P.O. Box 6864,
Mackay Mail Centre, Qld. 4741
07 4955 1745
Membership of the society is open to anyone interested in the growing and preservation of Australian plants. Branch membership includes membership of the Queensland regional group and a range of local activities and benefits.
These include friendly informative meetings, plant propagation group workshops, an extensive library, branch publications and a regular newsletter.
Visitors are always welcome so please contact us and come along to one of our meetings as a guest.
Please note... All meetings are held in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Meeting Room at 7.30pm - 9 Lagoon Street West Mackay
Next meeting... Thursday, 4 September - 'Spring Show & Tell' Please bring your flowering, fruiting or foliage specimens!
MEETINGS for next 6 Months — First Thursday of Sept, Nov. and Dec. 2014. Feb (AGM) and March 2015 (Library and Sales during supper). NO MEETING IN OCTOBER - school holidays, MRBG room not available!
BIRDLIFE MACKAY - first Sunday of month. - 7 Sept and 5 October Contact Marj on 4952 2964 or Gerry on 0488 325 757 for details and to register.
EUNGELLA BIODIVERSITY MONITORING STUDY - 14th to 19th September. The last 'session' for this year. Bill McDonald will be undertaking more flora work.. Sunday 14: Garden Friends guided walks at Dalrymple Heights with 2 options to choose from. Registration is essential. Call the Botanic gardens for more details.
ORCHID EXTRAVAGANZA PLANT SALE 9.00am to 1pm Sat - Sun 20-21 September. Under the trees in Queens Park not far from the orchid house. Help needed each day to set up from 8.00am; during the sale; and to put everything away afterwards. Please advise Clare (phone 4955 1459) or Ann (phone 4942 1732) at or before the September meeting when you can help.