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The Keilor Plains Group

Purpose and Activities

The Keilor Plains Group is a local bunch of native plant enthusiasts living on the Western Plains of Melbourne and its surrounding rural fringe.

We are dedicated to:

Where are we?

Come along to one of our meetings & see a spectacular
display of native plants.

Date: First Friday of the month (not January)..
Time: Start 8pm, finish 10pm+ (after supper).
Venue: Main Hall, Raleigh Road Activity Centre
Address: 54 Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong Vic 3032
Melway Map 28 Ref B8

At Our Meetings & What We Do

  • We share knowledge of what native plants flourish well and which plants need special attention in the varied climates and soil conditions from a wide range of locations including Northcote, Broadmeadows, Essendon, Sunshine, Keilor, Taylors Lakes, Melton, Niddrie, St Albans, Greenvale, Footscray, Yarraville, Sunbury, Gisborne, Riddells Creek and the Macedon Ranges.
  • We have published our own book "Plants of Melbourne's Western Plains: A Gardener's Guide to the Original Flora, 2nd Edition".
  • We are a friendly, very active group with a wide range of knowledge. Expertise varies from the complete novice to specialists, but we all have a love of native plants and an enthusiasm to share the benefits & challenges of growing them.
  • Each month we invite a guest speaker to give a talk and slide show on a topic of interest to the group. Topics include anything from garden design to grassland maintenance, from WA in Spring to local conservation issues. Click here for more information on this year's guest speaker topics.
  • There is a regular newsletter, a library, a free seed bank, and native plants (propagated by members)for sale.
    There is a raffle each month and the prizes are native plants donated to the group by members and nurseries.
  • We survey the plant table, laden with clippings from members' gardens and discuss what is flowering that month.
  • We plan occasional excursions to places renowned for their native flora and other places of special interest.
    Some members regularly participate in replanting native plants and operating information/plant stalls throughout the region.


Map of Keilor-Werribee Plains


Australian Plants Society


In 1957 Arthur Swaby called a meeting in Melbourne of anyone who would like to grow Australian native plants in their gardens. The response was overwhelming and a Society was formed.

The Australian Plants Society is now Australia-wide organisation of people striving to learn to know and grow our native plants and preserve Australia's unique flora. To this end we grow native plants in our own gardens, encourage their use in community areas and learn to appreciate and conserve those still growing in their original environments.

A book was published in 2007, SGAP: The Story of Arthur Swaby and the Society for Growing Australian Plants by John Walter, to celebrate Society's Victorian Region 50th anniversary.

The Australian Plants Society - Victoria Inc. is one of the autonomous state bodies which make up this fellowship of enthusiasts. At a local level, members form district groups for greater convenience and contact.
The Keilor Plains Group is one such district group. See our links page for more information on the Australian Plants Society, other groups, and other useful native plant web sites.

Purpose and Membership's Benefits.


The purposes of the Australian Plants Society - Victoria and the Keilor Plains Group:

  1. to promote and maintain interest in growing and propagating Australian plants in home gardens and public places;
  2. to encourage the recognition and development of distinctive landscape styles and forms using Australian plants;
  3. to improve Australian plants as garden subjects;
  4. to monitor and encourage the strengthening of the laws for preservation of flora;
  5. to encourage nursery industry to propagate and supply Australian plants to general public;
  6. to support all information received by the Society on methods of propagation and of the sources of supply of plants and seeds available for distribution and to publish such information from time to time;
  7. to establish and encourage district groups;
  8. to encourage and facilitate the conservation and study of Australian plants in the natural environment;
  9. to further the dissemination of knowledge and to act as a source of informed opinion on those matters;
  10. to carry on any other activity for the furtherance and extension of the purposes of the Society.

Your membership of the Australian Plants Society – Victoria Inc. is a part of the membership package you obtain when you become a member of the Keilor Plains Group. The additional benefits of this gives you include:

  • Four issues of "Growing Australian"(APS Victoria Newsletter).
  • Twenty four free packets of seed of your choice from a huge listing.
  • The opportunity to join study groups operating Australia-wide (e.g. Acacia, Grevillea).
  • The ability to purchase books by mail order at discount prices (APS Victoria Book Sales)
  • The possibility of participating in state-wide meetings & get-togethers.
  • Seeing lots of Australian native plant gardens and local reserves.

Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) is the national body of the group.


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