Dedication to plants society recognised with award

Tatachilla man Graham Wilsen received a Service Award for his contribution over many years to the Australian Plants Society (APS) Fleurieu Group at the group's first meeting of the year.

APS state president Jeff Reid presented the certificate to Graham at Encounter Centre on Thursday, February 20.

A member since 1990, Graham has served as Secretary, Vice President and President, and helped establish a newsletter, APS Chat, which was distributed to members of the society for some years.

As a nurseryman, he has donated native plants valued at some $4,000 to the Friends of Nangawooka Flora Reserve, and at meetings regularly supplies five to ten pots of plants for members to buy, the proceeds going to the Society.

He has always been passionate about Australian plants and most generous in sharing his wide knowledge with the public, giving advice as well as selling seedlings at the APS/Nangawooka Open Day plant sales and at rural markets.

Readers may have visited his and his wife Jo's beautiful and extensive native garden at Tatachilla, when it was open to the public as part of the SA Open Gardens Scheme.

Graham's next project is to grow 300 seedlings for the bushfire-ravaged zones on Kangaroo Island.

He will join Jeff Reid in taking up the challenge of habitat restoration, the latter being particularly interested in replacing Allocasuarinas which are the main food source for the endangered glossy black cockatoo.

Jeff is already responsible for the successful planting of these trees at Cape Jervis in his role as leader of the APS subgroup COOTS (Conservation of our Threatened Species).

The Australian Plants Society Fleurieu Group congratulates Graham on his award, and acknowledges with gratitude his very significant long-term contribution to both the society and the community at large, in the promotion of native flora.

For further information about The Australian Plants Society Fleurieu Group phone 0447 037 867 or 0400 820 989.