In 1957, the inaugural meeting of the Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP) was held in Melbourne. Welcoming members from around Australia, the Society's purpose was to study and develop the horticultural potential of Australian native plants and to preserve them through cultivation.
The national association is now known as the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) (ANPSA) and it comprises eight affiliated but autonomous regional societies (one for each of the six Australian states plus the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory). Each regional society independently manages their own administration, membership, activites and local branches.
Native Plants Queensland is the trading name (adopted in 2015) of the society for the Queensland Region. We have approximately 700 members across the state, many of whom have also joined one of our 20 local branches.
Our logo, featured in the top left of the website, represents Queensland’s floral emblem, the Cooktown Orchid (Dendrobium bigibbum).