Photos courtesy of Ian Edwards

Meetings for 2021 have been booked to run at Concord Community Centre (COVID situation permitting) but we aim to make these presentations also  available online. We will run Zoom only meetings in January, February, June and August.

Recent Speakers

June 22

7:45 for 8:00

Zoom only meeting

Speaker: Kylie STOCKS

Kylie will be speaking about ferns from twenty years experience of collecting more than 800 species and variants and with 150 species held in her nursery near Batemans Bay.  To see more, click on the link to the nursery below.

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July 27

7:30 for 8:00 at Concord and  on Zoom

Speaker: Peter Hey

Peter's topic will be

''Veltheimia- Forest Lily. Care and Cultivation''. You can learn more about Peter's nursery Just Clivias and Rare Things using the link below




7:45 for 8:00

Zoom only

Speaker: Erik van Zuilekom

More information coming soon.


Recent meetings

25 May 2021 Jim Brydie presented a talk on orchids with the title Growing Phalaenopsis as a houseplant. Members can see information sheets associated with Jim's talk by logging in to this website's Member Area.


26 April 2021 Annual General Meeting and presentation by Fred Moody entitled an Introduction to Aroids. Fred brought a large selection of Anthuriums, Philodendrons and other aroids in pots and some huge leaves. He also discussed many more specimens via a slide show.

23 March 2021 Presentation by Graham Nunn  - Beekeeping as a retirement hobby.

Graham spoke about his practical four year experience of keeping both European honey bees and native bees and  discussed equipment, work involved and the rewards.

23 February, 2021 (Zoom Online Meeting)

Bruce Dunstan gave a fascinating presentation  entitled “Plants of the Western Range in Colombia”. The talk showed photos of the large number of species encountered during his expeditions to Colombia focussing largely on the genus Heliconia but also Anthuriums, Philodendrons other aroids and the bromeliads Pitcarnea and Guzmania. Many were species that have not as yet been named.

26 January, 2021 ( Zoom Online Meeting)

Judith Watson gave a presentation on her trip to the NSW Northern Rivers, showing photos of plants and wildlife. The presentation focused on lesser-known areas of rainforest and coastline that were visited as well as a few locations that may be more familiar.


24 November, 2020 ( Zoom Online Meeting)

Wayne Lyons from subTropical Exotics gave a very detailed presentation on his private collection of Aroids entitled "The family of Araceae. Members are colloquially known as Aroids". See Wayne's website at



27 October, 2020 ( Zoom Online Meeting)

Designer Peter Nixon showed us many features of interest in making Cool Subtropics Gardens including greenwalls, mirrors and plants for rich textural and foliage contrasts year round. Peter Nixon has the following websites,,  See also Instagram: paradisus_sea_changer Facebook: Paradisus Garden Design



22 September 2020 (Zoom Online Meeting)

Robert King gave a presentation entitled 'Why plant names are sometimes altered - explanation and justification'.

28 July 2020 (Zoom Online Meeting)

Peter Hey from Just Cliveas and Rare Things gave a talk on ‘Symbiotic relationships’ about the hidden plant/microflora nutritional exchange. Peter is stallholder at both the at the Collectors’ Plant Fair and Plant Lovers Fair. His website address is: You can also follow him on Instagram: or visit him at Rozelle Collectors Market.

March, April & May 2020

​These meetings were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

25 February 2020

​Gordon Cheers gave a presentation on Carnivorous Plants

28 January 2020

Ray Henderson gave a talk entitled - 'How the Paradox garden has evolved over the last decade. A warts-and-all exposé using the best images'.  

26 November 2019

Judith Watson spoke on a recent visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall.

22 October 2019

​Dr Dale Dixon spoke on Tillandsia species, cultivars and their cultivation.

24 September 2019

​TGSS 40th Anniversary Event - Tropical Garden Society Sydney turns 40 this year. To celebrate, we are having a 40th Anniversary Event. It will include a couple of short talks from some of our long standing members.

23 July 2019

Peter Hey from Just Cliveas and Rare Things gave a talk on ‘Clivias and Rare Plants’. Peter will discuss the latest developments in hybridising, pollination techniques, growing media and care of C. miniata and the Sub-family/Tribe Hyacinthoides. Peter's website address is: You can also follow him on Instagram:


29 May 2019

Our member, Joan Joachim, gave a talk on Tropical Sri Lanka


26 March 2019 

Robert King gave a talk entitled 'Mangroves - tropical plants with a difference'.

We only have two mangrove species in the Sydney region, but in northern Australia there is a rich and varied collection of species all coping with an environment that appears unfriendly to flowering plants.

26 February 2019 

Amanda Henderson spoke on "Zoning your garden. Working with the elements nature and your garden provides."

23 January 2019 

Edwina and Steve Wain gave a talk on their adventure in Colombia with The International Palm Society Biennial.


27 November 2018 

Dr Dale Dixon gave a presentation on his recent travels through Mexico and Cuba.

23 October 2018 

Colin Johnson, a horticulturist and plant collector from Queensland with 20 years experience in the nursery and garden industry, spoke about soil and media conditioning with Earthlife products to improve mineral balance and plant health.

25 September 2018

Paul Kirkpatrick from Gardenacious gave a talk on the Weird and Wonderful World of Plant Collectors with stories  about the Hookers, the Tradescants and much more.

24 July 2018

Our new member Robert King gave a talk entitled 'Le Jardin Majorelle, Morocco. This famous garden is in Marrakesh. It was developed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle over a period of forty years and later restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge'. It is built in a Moorish-Spanish style and features the use of bright colour, water features and lattice pavilions.

22 May 2018

Fred Moody showed us some very interesting Anthuriums and discussed their culture.

27 March 2018 

Gordon Cheers gave a presentation on his recent North Coast trip including the Coffs Harbour Botanical Garden and Bellingen markets. In addition, Werner Raff gave some tips on growing Bromeliads.

27 February 2018 

Judith Watson gave a presentation on the Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery which she visited recently in Hong  Kong. This is a traditional Chinese landscape garden built in the Tang Dynasty style. It incorporates pavilions, water features, hillocks and sculptured trees.

22 January 2018

Mary Matthews  looked at eradicating weeds from a bush carers point of view. Narelle Smith also  talked about pests, diseases and nutrients.

28 November 2017

Ted Shaw took us on a hike in Lamington National Park in search of Sarcochilus orchids, and  Suzanne Gilkes spoke about growing tropical plants in a mini courtyard.

24 October 2017

Ross Bolwell  gave a talk about his visit to an oceanfront botanical garden on the Big Island of Hawaii with waterfalls and lava flows.

26 September 2017

Jim Brydie gave a presentation on Dendrobium kingianum orchids with information on where they come from, growing  them and different varieties.

25 July 2017  

Andrew Rosiak gave a presentation on Calatheas and other indoor plants and their propagation by tissue culture.


23 May 2017

Edwina Caruana and Steve Wain gave a presentation featuring  the private gardens of  three well  known palm collectors, Bill Austin, Timothy Brian and Dean Ouer, on the Big Island of Hawaii.


28 March 2017 

Kim Hamilton from Hamilton's Cacti gave a talk on Cacti and Succulents. See

28 February 2017

Fred Moody gave a presentation about gardens visited during the 2016 International Palm Society Biennial, held in Sarawak and Singapore

24nd January 2017 

Stuart and Joy Reiss from Sydney Frangipani gave a talk about all things frangipani including a live grafting

demonstration. See

22nd November 2016

Alan Collins  gave a presentation on Hoyas.

25th October 2016 

Greg Lamont from Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens gave a talk about propagation of tropical plants.

27th September 2016

Judith Watson gave a presentation on Bromeliads of Machu Picchu and the sacred Valley of Peru.


26th July 2016 

Brian Kennedy gave a presentation about designing a tropical garden for Sydney and introducing suitable microclimates.


24th May 2016

"Bring a Friend Night" with 4 short member talks on Bromeliads, Growing Orchids on Trees, Heliconias and our Website.

22nd March 2016

Les Brandon gave a presentation on Heliconias and establishing a subtropical garden in Sydney.


23rd February 2016

Dale Dixon (President) talked about Cycads with a focus on those from South America.


26th January 2016 

Jill Richardson from A Taste of the Bush gave a talk on and tasting of Australian native foods.


24th November 2015

Fred Moody (Vice President) gave a talk about his trip to Cuba.


27th October 2015 

Garry Daly gave a talk about his recent trip to Equador.


29th September 2015

Kylie Stocks from Verdigris gave a talk about Ferns for a tropical garden.


28th July 2015 

Steve Falcioni from Organic Crop Protectants gave a talk about using organic products including pesticides.


27th January 2015 

Wallis Creek Watergardens gave a talk on the growth and maintenance of water lilies.