Wildflower Society of WA

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Wildflower Society of WA

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The Wildflower Society of Western Australia Inc. (WSWA) was established in 1958 to promote the value of our natural bushland. The Society does this through regular meetings and excursions, native plant sales, bushland plant surveys, book sales, donations, and attendance at relevant events.

Getting involved with the Wildflower Society will give you direct access to an unmatched, independent depth of technical knowledge of WA’s wildflowers based on the work of its members and activities of its branches.

This knowledge can be easily accessed to help you to better know, grow, conserve and enjoy the wildflowers of Western Australia

We are well known for running events that provide massive value and are greatly enjoyed. These events are an opportunity to soak up the fantastic knowledge of members who love to share their passion for Western Australia’s wildflowers. Importantly, the events provide you with endless opportunities to get out and enjoy the wonderful beauty of Western Australia’s wildflowers.

The Wildflower Society currently has eleven branches across the South West of Western Australia. Most have monthly meetings and activities.

See our Events Calendar and join us.

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Type of group

Society

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Western Australia

Known address

PO Box 519
Floreat WA 6014

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Founding Year

1958

History of group

The local flora has generated intense interested in many Western Australians, and others, since the arrival of the first Europeans. It was not, however, until 129 years had passed that a formal Society pledged to expand knowledge, conserve species, and propagate plants for domestic cultivation was established. The Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc.) was formed in March 1958.

Prior to 1958 wildflower exhibits were part of most, if not all, country agricultural shows. Small monetary prizes were offered for the best exhibits in a variety of classes in the wildflower sections of these provincial shows, and it was these forums that allowed the enthusiasts among the general public to maintain and share their interest.

In 1924 the WA Naturalists Club was founded. This group of people had great interest in all aspects of the Western Australian environment, which, of course, included its native flora. While members of the WA Naturalists Club by definition had general interest in all things to do with nature individual members had specific enthusiasms. This ensured that within the Naturalists Club there was an identifiable group dedicated to the interests of the state’s plants. It was these enthusiasts who were responsible for the displays of wildflowers that became a feature of the annual Royal Show.

It was this same group, within the WA Naturalists Club, from which grew the concern at the scale and rapidity of the clearing of land for agricultural purposes evident after the Second World War. The development of tracked vehicles, especially the bulldozer, during the war enabled post-war land clearing to burgeon. Public concern at the wholesale clearing of Western Australia’s agricultural areas resulted in the formation of the Wildflower Society of Western Australia in 1958.

Successive post second world war Western Australian governments have endeavoured to balance development and conservation, by definition, an almost impossible task. However, the Wildflower Society has played an important part in the education of Society generally in an appreciation of the natural environment. The faint murmurs of dissent of forty years ago are now mighty roars when local or state authorities misread public opinion and upset the balance.

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