Every year, the Institute celebrates excellence in horticulture with diverse projects, experiences and people acknowledged and recognised for their achievements. In a year that has delivered major disruption across the world, it is timely that the Australian Institute of Horticulture celebrates these superb people and their projects.
Held in association with the Australian Society of Horticultural Science (AuSHS) and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) during the International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture Cairns Convention Centre 20-25th November 2016
Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Gimuy-walubarra yidi people people of the Cairns and all their descendants both past and present. We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.
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The Silver Gum Award has been awarded to Emeritus Professor Roderick Drew. Rod Drew has performed many leadership roles in both professional and voluntary organisations. His research has focused on Tropical Fruits and he has worked on collaborative projects in many tropical countries.
Christopher Poulton has been a member for 38 years, and has served as National Vice President, NSW State President, and Sydney Convenor from 2013 to 2016. He has multiple qualifications in horticulture including green-keeping, arboriculture, horticulture and landscape design.
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The Planthunter is an online magazine devoted to celebrating plants and the varied ways humans interact with them. It’s the culmination of the many years Georgina Reid has spent pondering, exploring, and documenting the various ways humans relate to the natural world as a designer, writer and thinker.
Congratulations to Toni Salter MAIH RH who is unable to be present. She is President of Cultivate NSW and recently led the Therapeutic Landscapes conference in NSW in October 2016.
Toni, a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, is also a Diversional Therapist, community teacher and has been a talk-back guest on ABC Radio.
Kim is an educator and project developer with North Region TAFE Western Australia, specifically the Kimberly.
He has been developing a Project with the Bidyadanga Community of plantation grown Gubinge , also known as Kakadu Plums that would otherwise be wild harvested. This year they have harvested the first fruit from the plantation.
Councillor John Schilling from Cairns City Council accept Certificate and Trophy.
Cairns Regional Council for creative urban planning and greening of the city’s Central Business District. This work has included the preparation of the CBD Master Plan and ongoing streetscape upgrades including Lake Street with extensive tree and garden plantings.
Professor Rod Drew presented the International Society of Horticultural Science Medals:
Professor Rob Paull, Dr Alain Rival, Professor Sisir Mitra, Dr Andrew East, Dr Gordon Rogers, Dr Sophie Parks, Dr Peter Batt, Professor Patricia Paiva, Professor Renato Paiva, Dr Wen-Li Lee, Dr Songpol Somsri, Dr Natalie Dillon, Dr Hannah Jaenicke.