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Sydney Branch: AGM and Talk

19 August 2020 @ 6:30 pm AEST


There will be some instruction about Zoom etiquette and we can all chat prior to hitting that MUTE button.  The actual start time of the AGM will be 7:00pm (see agenda below).

Business will include approval of the minutes of the 2019 AGM, the Chairs’ report on the branch’s activities, presentation of the audited Statements of Accounts and election of committee members. This AGM will see multiple committee members stepping down as they reach their tenure, the committee would like to invite you all to please consider joining them.

After the AGM we have invited Ian Innes to speak about his career and how he fell by accident into the world of horticulture and plants.

If you would like to attend the AGM on Zoom please register.  This takes you to a registration page and the sign in information won’t be lost in your long list of emails!  If you need any assistance with learning how to use Zoom, please enter the meeting at 6:30pm for instruction.



Ian Innes’, Director of Heritage and Collections with Sydney Living Museums talk is titled: ‘Might I have a Bit of Earth’ – I’m sure the unfolding of secrets will have us in his thrall.

Ian’s parents were Scottish migrants and when he was a little kid they boarded with an elderly lady in Concord West in a street of post–‐World War 1 Soldier Settler houses. Lillian, or ‘Auntie Joyce’ as Ian knew her, was a keen gardener and grew hydrangeas, brunfelsia, begonias, sweet peas, roses and gerberas – all plants he still loves. Like many homes back then, most of her back yard was turned over to growing vegetables, and across the back fence was an enormous chook pen covered with pumpkin vines and chokos.

Decades later Ian discovered that early childhood exposure to plants and gardening, usually through a family friend or relative, is a common trigger for later adult reawakening of interest. Ian accidentally fell into a career connected with plants and horticulture, as he initially trained in architecture. But the obsession with plants took over early on, as he discovered it has with so many others, and led him in unexpected directions – some of which he will talk about. There have been several key influencers in the development of ‘his approach’, such as it is, and Ian will try to share some of the insights they have offered along the way.


The program for the meeting will be as follows:

6:30pm            Sign in to Zoom

7:00pm            AGM followed by Q & A (James Quoyle, Chair and David Low, Treasurer)

7:20pm            Presentation by Ian Innes followed by Q & A

8:20pm            End of session.


19 August 2020
6:30 pm AEST
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