Activities

In line with ongoing COVID-19  (Corona virus) advice, APS Mitchell is resuming limited “Covid safe” activities (see below).  Note that restrictions may apply & effect group related events on short notice (see below).  If in doubt, please contact us.

APS MITCHELL GROUP MEETS AT THE JOHN TAYLOR ROOM, KILMORE LIBRARY, SYDNEY STREET, KILMORE-  3RD MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 7.30 PM  https://goo.gl/maps/vLRPLDYvnnqSbvSf6

Please note: meetings will be held under the requirements of our Covid safe facility plan.  Attendees are advised to read this plan:  APS Mitchell COVID-19 Community Facility Safe Plan – John Taylor Room

(Occasionally excursions may replace monthly meetings so it is advisable to check our latest newsletter or contact a committee member for up to date diary dates.)

THERE IS A $2.00 ENTRY (at indoor venue events ) THAT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO WIN THE RAFFLE PRIZE OF A NATIVE PLANT.  TEA, COFFEE & BISCUITS (& SOMETIMES HOMEMADE CAKE) AVAILABLE.

Next Meeting: May 16th 7:30pm Evening Meeting in the John Taylor Room with Guest Speaker:

Guest Speaker: Melissa Stagg

Brunonia australis & Leptorhynchos sp.  Photo: J Petts

Topic: Seed collecting with the Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seed Bank

APS Mitchell is very pleased to announce that we return to the John Taylor Room for our upcoming May meeting, where Melissa Stagg is kindly joining us to present on:
Seed collecting with the Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seed Bank…
Melissa speaks of herself and talk:
“Even though I’m mostly known in conservation and environment circles, my background is actually in landscape architecture; a profession not necessarily known for its conservation credentials.  Following on from my bachelor degree and master degrees in landscape architecture, I started my own consulting business in 2014, practicing in Melbourne, designing indigenous gardens.
Tiring of the Melbourne lifestyle and working in urban environments, I returned to my home town of Shepparton in 2016.  Spurred on by my lifelong love of the bush and being outdoors, I soon became embedded in the enviro circle that is the Euroa Arboretum; a not-for-profit organisation working in the environmental and conservation sector.  Starting out quite hands-on working in the bush crew, then moving into the indigenous nursery, I eventually ended up at the GBIS (Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank, which, is managed by the Euroa Arboretum).
At the beginning of 2020, just before covid hit, I moved to Wallan.  In mid 2021 I also took on the role as Senior Environment Officer at Mitchell Shire Council, while still working with the GBIS and continuing to practice as a landscape architect in my own small business.  Now today, though I’m wearing three hats in my career at the moment, the common thread across them all is a love for our native environment, with a particular passion for indigenous plants.
For my talk, I’ll mostly be speaking about my work as a seed collector with the Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank, where I get to spend much of my time tripping all around the countryside. Covering a large part of Vic in my travels, I get to see and collect plants in a diverse range of vastly different environments, with a spectacular array of flora. All for the purpose of ‘bringing back the bush’.  I look forward to meeting more of the members of the APS and sharing my passion for the flora of the Goulburn Broken region and surrounding areas.”


Evening presentations are followed by the evening Door Prize plant raffle, flower specimen table discussion & conclude with time for supper & chat. 

Meetings at the John Taylor Room will be held under the guidelines of our Covid safe facility plan.  Please read the plan prior to attending, & RSVP to Ian Julian to assist in managing numbers (details below).  Masks may also be required, so please bring one with you.

Visitors, guests and friends are always very welcome at APS Mitchell meetings.  Attendees are encouraged to bring along native plant specimens from their gardens for our Specimen Table display & discussion (please label with species name if known).

Entry is $2 (to help us cover room rental costs) which includes supper & a ticket in the evening door prize plant raffle draw. 

RSVP, enquiries  & further information email: mitchell@apsvic.org.au  or see our Contact us page for further contact details.

 


Other activities include:

  • Group Outings
  • Garden Visits
  • Annual Spring Plant Expo

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