Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc.

Official Society Website



After several years of writing about Australian plants for the popular Your Garden magazine, Mr. A J Swaby founded the Society for Growing Australian Plants in Melbourne in 1957. Regions of the Society were set up in most states with the Hobart Group operating as part of the Victorian Region. The Tasmanian Region was formally set up in 1971 with groups forming in the North in 1978 and Kingborough in 1993. The name changed to the Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. in 1999. In 2014 the Kingborough Group merged with the Hobart group while retaining the monthly day-time meetings. Each Group is represented by elected representatives at Society Council Meetings and Tasmanian delegates attend the biennial national conferences to which all members are invited.

Activities and Benefits of Membership

Group monthly meetings have interesting presentations and may include a display table, plant sales, propagation aids, news from other groups, state and national bodies, a sharing of knowledge from specific species study groups, changes in taxonomy, access to APS libraries and the sale of current books at discounted prices.

Activities include propagation at Group Nurseries to provide plants for members and the public, flower shows, garden visits, wilderness walks and excursions to areas of botanical interest, all to enable members to gain knowledge and "hands on" experience with native plants.

Walks and excursions to places of botanical interest varing from gardens to wilderness areas are available to members. These are graded as follows:

  • A- mostly driving, short walks;
  • B - more walking, easy paths; and,
  • C - long walks, uneven ground.

The trip leaders have the right to deny excursion participation to those whose health or fitness is not compatible with the grading of the walk.
Collecting in the field is not APST Inc. policy on official excursions. Permits are required in National Parks etc.

Membership cards are provided to financial members. Discounts are offered by some businesses on the presentation of a Membership Card.

Small Projects Funds

The Small Projects Fund has been suspended until further notice.


The Tasmanian journal Eucryphia is published quarterly and some groups also mail or email monthly newsletters. An optional quarterly publication Australian Plants is produced by APS (NSW) and is a highly recommended journal providing excellent, beautifully illustrated articles relating to Australian plants in gardens and natural environments around the nation.

Study Groups

Study groups have been set up nationally to investigate the propagation and cultivation of many families of Australian plants such as Acacia, Banksia, Eremophila, Grevillea, Hakea, Hibiscus, Isopogon and Palm & Cycad. Other Groups include Garden Design, Australian Plants as Bonsai, Wallum & Coastal plants and Wildlife & Native Plants.

Membership Fees

Subscription Period
1 Year
Individuals or Organisations
Concession Rate1
Additional Adult Membership
Additional Child Membership
Overseas Individual or Organisation2
Australian Plants Journal3

1Concession available to persons possessing Student ID Card or Pension Concession Card issued by Centrelink or the Department of Veteran Affairs.
2By bank draft in $A or electronic bank transfer.
3Subscription covers all issues of Australian Plants in subscription period.

Subscription Form

Download a printable New Membership Application Form for July 2020 (PDF) here: Download

Download the April 2019 Membership Brochure (PDF) here: Download

To request a Membership Application form to be sent by mail, go to our CONTACT page.


The Australian Plants Society Tasmania Inc. (formerly the Society for Growing Australian Plants) is part of an Australia-wide organisation made up of people interested in the propagation, cultivation and conservation of plants native to Australia. The objectives of the society* include:

  • to encourage the cultivation and study of Australian plants
  • to encourage the establishment of gardens in all types of soil and climate for the preservation of the flora of Australia
  • to support efforts to strengthen the laws and regulations of all bodies given authority by legislation of the Commonwealth and States of Australia for the conservation of Australian flora
  • to publish any information that may further the aims and objectives of the Society
  • to cooperate with other societies, associations or bodies with similar or substantially similar aims and objectives
  • to promote the knowledge, appreciation and preservation of Australian plants, both in their natural settings and in cultivation, with special emphasis on species indigenous to Tasmania
  • to promote recognition of the Society as a resource group for educationalists and the government

*Based on the Society's Constitution