The NCPA Committee would like to take this opportunity to publically welcome this dedicated new group to the Country Paradise, on site community. Another valuable addition to the ongoing Community success story that is the Parkland.
Native Plants Queensland (NPQ) is a non-professional organisation that is open to anyone interested in studying, growing and conserving Australian plants. Our motto is ‘Cultivation, Conservation, Education’.
The Gold Coast Branch of NPQ is an active group whose membership has an extensive knowledge base of plants spanning from the novice to the expert. Our membership ranges from Pimpama to Northern New South Wales, from Palm Beach to the Numinbah Valley covering a variety of different ecotypes.
The Gold Coast branch works to conserve, propagate and educate people about the plants native to the Gold Coast area with regular propagation days, walks, workshops and talks. We are very pleased to have the Nerang Country Paradise Parklands as the home for our group. Our Propagation Shadehouse is located next to the Beekeeper’s Shed on Billabirra Crescent. The Propagation Sessions are run on the fourth Saturday of the month from 8:30 am – 11:00 am. This includes a chance for a chat over a cuppa. If you are looking for information about native plants in your garden or in the local Gold Coast area, come and see us. We are extending these sessions to the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30 am.
After the enthusiastic response from the public to our first Native Plants Market, we are planning for it to be an annual event at Nerang Country Paradise Parklands in May or June each year.
Our local walks and excursions are conducted every four to eight weeks to areas of interest, usually to a national park, conservation area, Council reserve or a native garden. One weekend overnight excursion is planned for each year. The weekend excursions are to visit areas of interest that are further afield.
The Australian Native Plant Society Association (ANPSA) has Study Groups which are very active in south-east Queensland. These include Australian Bush Foods, Fern, Garden Design, Grevillea, Wallum and Coastal Vegetation Study Groups are there are often Gatherings in our area for these groups and as a Queensland member you can access them.
The educational talks given by guest speakers are held in the Beekeepers’ Shed three to four times a year. These cover such topics as garden design, wildlife friendly gardens, local geology and specific native plant groups. We run workshops during the year on plant identification and grafting, as examples. We also sell books about native plants.
With moving our base to Nerang Country Paradise Parklands, we have taken on the planning and maintenance of the Wedding Fig Tree, Sensory Gardens and all the plantings around the Beekeeper’s Shed. These are heavily influenced by native plant selection.
Our branch supports the City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Councillors in their Naturally GC program which usually involves an aspect of wildlife-friendly gardens. Our branch publishes a newsletter every two months covering the immediate past events, current events and future events as well as some articles of interest to our members.