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2020 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.

2020 Programme

Monday 17 February 2020:   Evening meeting – Kowhai – NZ’s unofficial national flower

Speaker:   Lara Shepherd, Research Scientist, Te Papa Tongarewa. Kowhai (Sophora spp.) are some of our most distinctive trees.   Lara will talk about where to find them and how to distinguish the eight NZ species of kowhai.   She will also talk about why Charles Darwin was interested in kowhai and what 200-year-old herbarium specimens of kowhai are revealing about the history of kowhai cultivation.

Monday 16 March:   Evening meeting – Rust never sleeps: an introduction to Forest Pathology

Speaker:   Stuart Fraser, Forest Pathologist, Scion, Rotorua.   Stuart has experience in identifying and managing fungal pathogens in NZ and overseas.   His talk will introduce the fundamentals of Forest Pathology, using two NZ case studies: myrtle rust and kauri dieback.   It talk will also cover native forest pathogens of interest, such as Armillaria (honey fungus / te harore), and future threats, such as rapid ‘Ohi’a death.

Monday 20 April:   Evening meeting – Why is Hebe armstrongii rare?

Speaker:   Dr Debra Wootton, Director & Principal Ecologist, Moa’s Ark Research. Debra has been investigating the causes of recruitment failure in the only protected population of the Nationally Endangered Hebe armstrongii.   She will present her research on what limits seedling establishment, and discuss causes of rarity in the species and its conservation management.

Monday 18 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.   Hugh Wilson’s film Fools and Dreamers will be shown for those who missed it and for those who want to enjoy it again.   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.


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