28-29 OCTOBER 2017

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Friday 27th October

7.00 pm           AGM – Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc.


Saturday 28th October

Tech Tour & workshops
- Departs Hotel at 8.30am 

  • Chris Poulton FAIH (Sydney Region Convener)
  • David Thompson (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment)

 Visit eucFACE - the amazing carbon sequestration project.  The Hawkesbury Forest experiment and state of the art greenhouses.  The tour includes a catered picinic lunch.

Presentations by PhD Students on subjects ranging from Ambrosia Beetles, Climate change effects on red gums and what creates the autumn colours of leaves.  
Finishing the program with a look at the project "Which Plant Where"

Travel around the venues will be by Bus

Morning Tour

8.30 am           Pick up Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley and Richmond

9.30am            Arrive at Eucface Facility - Carbon Sequestration Research station

10.30am          Hawkesbury Forest Experiment

11.00am          Inspect State of the Art Glasshouse facilities

12.15pm          Working Lunch venue TBA.

1.30pm            Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley for Workshops/Presentations

1.45pm            Introduction by David Thompson Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

International interest PHD Student presentations (10 minutes speaking each)

2.00pm            Student 1: Mr Robert Mueller

The Biology of the Ambrosia Beetle – they ‘farm’ a wood fungus for themselves as food but the fungus could be damaging to trees, that’s what the research seeks to find out.

2.15pm            Student 2: Ms Danielle Creek

Winner of the 2016 Hawkesbury Foundation Prize and looking at the Red Gums under climate change and the work with CSIRO’s Tree Seed Centre on selecting genetic stocks.

2.30pm            Student 3: Mr Namraj Dhami

PhD student researching the mechanisms of carotenoid production in plants – all those lovely Autumn colours and those of our favourite fruit and veg.

2.45pm            Report on Pollination Research  - Convened by David Thompson

Afternoon tea

3.10pm            Address from the Hawkesbury Foundation

3.30 pm           "Which Plant Where" presntation (National HIA initiative)

Leigh Staas or Michelle Leishman

4.00 pm           Transit bus for those not staying at the Crowne



Saturday 28th 4:15pm

The Australian Institute of Horticulture AGM

Saturday 28th October 6:30 for 7.00pm


Master of Ceremonies: Don Burke OAM FAIH

The Governor Phillip Ballroom

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley Resort - Windsor

$120 Per person(inc GST) Includes beverages
Dress semi formal

AIH 2017 Award Presentations



29th October Sunday


$35 per head

Facilitators Chris Poulton FAIH, assisted by A/Prof. Andrew Prowse FAIH

Visit the famous Paul Sorensen garden 'Everglades' at Leura in the Blue Mountains, take a tour of the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens and see the lovely 'Saskatoon' Garden.

8.00am            Depart Crowne Plaza Resort Hawkesbury Valley

9.45am            Arrive "Everglades" at Leura.  Paul Sorensen’s most famous garden design.

10.00-11am     Guided garden tour Everglades

10.45am          Morning tea

11.30-12noon Lunch - at your cost

12.45pm          Arrive Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens

1.00-2pm        Guided tour Mt Tomah

2.15-2.45pm   Afternoon tea

Possible          Visit to Nooroo at Mt Wilson

4:00-4:30pm   Arrive back at Windsor


Pre bookings for Awards Dinner and Tours to Natasha or Kim Morris