The Society for Growing Australian Plants (Mackay Branch Native Plants Queensland)

The Society for Growing Australian Plants (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 six 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 July 13, 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 school holidays, are held at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens' meeting room.  (AGM  in February)
Agenda includes 7.30pm Library, plant and publication sales; 8pm 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:

Irene Champion

P.O. Box 6864,
Mackay Mail Centre, Qld. 4741

Phone: 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.


The first Thursday of the month  Please note - All meetings are held in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens meeting room at 7.30pm - 9 Lagoon Street, West Mackay


Birdlife Mackay

First Sunday of the month

Contact Daryl Barnes 4959 3382 and /or Joanne Morris 4952 1278 for details and to register.