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Australian Plants Society
Keilor Plains Group

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Welcome to the Keilor Plains Native Plants Group

As we head into Spring and the main season for wildflowers, join us to see the delightful array of native orchids that fill the bush at this time of year.

Caladenia praecox (Early Caladenia) is flowering in the bush now. Photo by Russell Best via NatureShare.

Sep 5th ... Native Orchids


Australian Native Orchids

by Gary Backhouse


Gary is (co-)author of many native plant books including the renowned 'Orchids of Victoria'. 

Friday Sep 5th, 7:50pm.
All Welcome.

OUR BOOK - now available from local indigenous nurseries and bookshops!

Full speaker/event list.
Sep 5 Gary Backhouse, Vic. Orchids

Join APS Keilor Plains on-line

NOW AVAILABLE - 2nd Edition of 'Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains'

Visit our Local Indigenous Nurseries


NatureShare launched on August 14, 2011 - see natureshare.org.au


Urban Growth Boundary submissions: West of Melbourne (by Giorgio; 2.5Mb), Sunbury Area (by Russell; 1.8Mb), All Areas (by VNPA; 3.5Mb)


New website for APS Victoria - http://www.apsvic.org.au/

The Keilor Plains Group

The Keilor Plains Group is a local bunch of native plant enthusiasts living on the Western Plains of Melbourne and its surrounding rural fringe.

We are dedicated to:

  • GROWING Australian Plants, both indigenous to our area and native flora from further afield.
  • CONSERVING native plants in grasslands, the bush, along waterways, parks, other pockets of remnant flora, and revegetation of weed infested land.
  • LEARNING from each other, from age old wisdom to the latest research.

Come along to one of
our meetings & see
a spectacular display
of native plants.

Date: First Friday of the month (not January).
Start 8pm, finish 10pm+ (after supper).
Venue: St Philip's Uniting Church Hall.
Address: Cnr of Roberts Road and Glenys Avenue, Airport West. Melway Map 15 Ref H8.

Where are we?

At Our Meetings & What We Do

  • We share knowledge of what native plants flourish well and which plants need special attention in the varied climates and soil conditions from a wide range of locations including Northcote, Broadmeadows, Essendon, Sunshine, Keilor, Taylors Lakes, Lara, Niddrie, St Albans, Greendale, Footscray, Yarraville, Sunbury, Gisborne, Riddells Creek and the Macedon Ranges.
  • We have published our own book "Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains: A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora".
  • We are a friendly, very active group with a wide range of knowledge. Expertise varies from the complete novice to specialists, but we all have a love of native plants and an enthusiasm to share the benefits & challenges of growing them.
  • Each month we invite a guest speaker to give a talk and slide show on a topic of interest to the group. Topics include anything from garden design to grassland maintenance, from WA in Spring to local conservation issues. Click here for more information on this year's guest speaker topics.
  • There is a regular newsletter, a library, a free seed bank, and members who are growers have native plants for sale. There is a raffle each month and the prizes are native plants donated to the group by nurseries and members.
  • We survey the plant table, laden with clippings from members' gardens and discuss what is flowering that month.
  • We plan occasional excursions to places renowned for their native flora and other places of special interest. We regularly participate in planting expeditions and the group operates information/plant stalls throughout the region.

Australian Plants Society

In 1957 Authur Swaby called a meeting in Melbourne of anyone who would like to grow Australian native plants in their gardens. The response was overwhelming and a Society was formed.

The Australian Plants Society is now an Australia-wide organisation of people striving to learn to know and grow our native plants and preserve Australia's unique flora. To this end we grow native plants in our own gardens, encourage their use in community areas and learn to appreciate and conserve those still growing in their original environments.

The Australian Plants Society - Victoria Inc is on eof the autonomous state bodies which make up this fellowship of enthusiasts. At a local level, members form district groups for greater convenience and contact. The Keilor Plains Group is one such district group. See our links page for more information on the Australian Plants Society, other groups, and other useful native plant sites.

Aims of the Australian Plants Society and the Keilor Plains Group;

  • To encourage the growing and use of Australian plants in home gardens and public areas.
  • To protect native plants and their habitat.
  • To promote the study and appreciation of Australian native plants.
  • To pass on our knowledge as widely as possible.

You can also join the national Australian Plants Society. Your membership of the Australian Plants Society – Victoria Inc. is a part of the membership package you obtain when you become a member of the Keilor Plains Group. The additional benefits of this gives you include;

  • Four issues of "Growing Australian" (Victorian Newsletter).
  • Subscription to "Australian Plants" at member discount (four issues).
  • Twenty four free packets of seed of your choice from a huge listing.
  • The opportunity to join study groups operating Australia-wide (eg. Acacia, Grevillea).
  • The ability to purchase books by mail order at discount prices.
  • The possibility of participating in state-wide meetings & get-togethers.
  • Seeing lots of Australian native plant gardens and local reserves.