The Brisbane Palm & Cycad Society comprises members living all around metro Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales.
Meetings will be held at the Country Women's Association Hall, Ruth Fairfax House, 89 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, a few blocks north of Brisbane CBD. Some parking beneath the building, otherwise street parking.
Members and guests are welcome to attend. At our meetings we usually have a guest speaker give a presentation on some aspect of cultivation, conservation or palms and cycads in the wild. Among our topics last year we heard Dr. Paul Forster present the magnificent Cycads of the Cape York peninsula; Philip Arrowsmith gave a slide show of palms in the wild on Mauritius and Reunion; and learned some valuable tips on container and garden cultivation from veteran nurseryman Will Kraa.
This year we will be having a swap/sales table - where members can bring in their surplus plants and seeds to sell or exchange with other members on the night. The society will also be occasionally purchasing seed of especially rare species which will be given away at meetings.
Each meeting concludes with our popular $1 plant raffle where you can win rare palms and cycads especially purchased as well as plants donated by members. Meetings run for approximately 2 hours and are a great place to share information and socialize with others who are fascinated by palms and cycads.
Field Trips are organized for February, April, June, August, October and December. Outings could be a visit to a national park to view palms or cycads in habitat; a tour of some of Queensland's best private gardens; or a trip to specialist nurseries where palms, cycads and other tropical plants can be purchased. Our destinations are not confined to Brisbane, we travel to locations all over South East Queensland and northern NSW.
Once a year some of our members organise a major field trip over a long weekend to places further a field in North Queensland or the Northern Territory. These trips are growing in popularity.
Members receive the monthly newsletter which is four A4 colour pages covering past and upcoming events. A year's membership is just $15. Join today (see PACSOA home page for subscription info).
Coming Events 2012 Sunday, 22nd April, 10:00am The BPACS April outing is to Alma Park Zoo, followed by a visit to Robís Rare Palms.
The outing will kick off at 10:00 am at Alma Park Zoo, 18 Alma Rd, Dakabin. Meet in the car park.
We have organised a group discount, so the admission will be $30. We were hoping for a larger discount, but that was the best they would give us...
For those that donít know, Alma Park Zoo was created by Bill Williams in 1969. Bill was also the owner of several palm nurseries and a keen collector. He transplanted many mature palms to help form the rainforest canopy of the zoo. Some palms within the zoo originate from Brisbane and are over 100 years old. The zoo will be relocating in the near future, so this may be one of the last occasions to see it in its current format. Of course, there are animals to look at too...
Following the Zoo visit we will head up the road to Robís Rare Palms to have a look around the nursery and pick up a treasure or two...the address is 200 Mackie Road, Narangba.
Executive President: Michael Green Secretary/Treasurer: Carmen Forster Editor: Daryl O'Connor
Address Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Postal: P. O. Box 1134,
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