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2018 Meetings

BotSoc meetings are usually held at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of each month at Victoria University, Wellington, Lecturer Theatre M101, ground floor Murphy Building, west side of Kelburn Parade.   Enter building off Kelburn Parade about 20m below pedestrian overbridge.

Non-members are welcome to come to our evening meetings.

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To Help raise funds for BotSoc’s Jubilee Award Fund members are encouraged to bring named seedlings/cuttings for sale at each evening meeting.

2018 Programme

Monday 19 February 2018:   Evening meeting – Unearthing the secrets of the stone rows

Speaker:   Dr Matt Ryan, Adjunct researcher, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.   Matt will describe preliminary findings which shed light on early Maori agricultural practices using stone rows along the East Coast, North Island.   The rows, thought to have been formed about 600 years ago, look like long stone mounds in shallow trenches, with soil piled on top.   Macrofossil, microfossil and DNA analysis was done on small sediment samples on and surrounding the stone rows to determine what plant remains were present.   Crops may have propagated on the rows which would have had an extended growing season because of the concentrated warmth.

Monday 19 March:   Evening meeting – Discovering ferns

Speaker:   Leon Perrie, Curator of Botany at Te Papa, will talk about NZ’s ferns.   Topics include what separates ferns from other plants, the place of ferns in NZ culture, recent research on ferns, ferns in the broader context of conservation in NZ, and practical tips for identifying ferns.

Monday 16 April:   Evening meeting – Flora of NZ’s & Australia’s sub-Antarctic islands

Speaker:   Dr Alex Fergus, Ecology Technician, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.   Join Alex for an introduction to some of the remarkable elements of the flora of the Australasian sub-Antarctic islands.   For the most part this will entail a slideshow of botanical extravagance, centred on the suite of megaherbs (macroforbs), but also interwoven with biogeography, human history and plant ecology.   The results of four journeys in the 2017/2018 summer will also structure the evening, with particular focus on the regeneration of Macquarie Island vegetation post-rabbit eradication.

Monday 21 May:   Evening meeting – Members’ evening

Please share your botanical slides and photographs taken on BotSoc trips, your paintings, drawings and your favourite botanical readings.   Slides, on a USB stick, limited to 20 per person.   For a gold-coin koha, or even ‘folding money’, buy one or more books we put on display, and help build up the Jubilee Award Fund which is used to support research on NZ plants.   Plant specimens to sell, or to discuss, would add to a memorable evening.   Please donate any spare botanical or other natural-history books, so we can build up a collection to auction at a future meeting, to raise funds for the Jubilee Award Fund.


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