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.
Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast 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.
Presented by Michael Casey and sponsors Annette Irish and Wayne Van Balen.
The Golden Wattle Award goes to Annette McFarlane. The award was accepted on her behalf by Kim Woods Rabbidge, President Horticulture Media Association Qld.
Annette is a broadcaster on ABC Brisbane with a large and enthusiastic audience tuning in to her gardening talk back program each weekend. She is a regular Garden Columnist for the Sunday Mail newspaper that is distributed throughout Queensland.
Annette is a prolific author with several books promoting the practice of organic gardening. Titles include:
‘Successful Gardening in Warm Climates’,
Organic Vegetable Gardening,
Organic Fruit Growing; and
Gardening Australia’s ‘Love Your Garden’.
A former horticulture teacher, Annette now conducts a busy program of free garden workshops in conjunction with Brisbane City Council and other local authorities and to groups and organisations throughout Queensland. These are well supported and often oversubscribed. Annette has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the promotion of horticulture in its many forms. Her encouragement brings joy, education, understanding and participation to many people who may not otherwise take an interest in gardening.
Annette’s contribution to our profession of horticulture, meets the high standards of the AIH Golden Wattle Award.
Thanks Annette Irish FAIH RH and Wayne Van Balen MAIH RH for their support of this award. Sponsors A.I.M.S. Pty Ltd / Van Balen Horticultural.
Presented by Neville Passmore FAIH RH
Sponsored By Cameron Tree from Horticultural Training
General Jeffery has served the Australian nation at its highest level as its 24th Governor General, as a decorated soldier of great courage from his beginnings as a native Western Australian.
From the Australian Institute of Horticulture point of view General Jeffery has served the nation with the same distinction and courage as Australia’s First Advocate for Soil Health. As horticulture practitioners, we are all aware of the fragility of our ancient soils. The initiative of the Gillard government (and subsequent governments), to identify that our soils are as important as any infrastructure is immensely commendable.
Also commendable was the appointment of General Jeffery as Soil Advocate, to provide strong leadership and advocacy on the importance and need for healthy Australian soils, water and vegetation as essential to every Australian. In fact, the three sciences that underpin the existence of the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
General Jeffery has communicated the soil message to students, land managers and communities across the nation. He has done this with an understanding of the technical aspects of soil management in consultation with farmers and soil scientists.
We wish General Jeffery well in this quest to conserve and advocate for our soil health in the knowledge that AIH is with you all the way. Our thanks and congratulations.
Thanks Cameron Tree of Horticultural Training for their support of this award.
Sponsored by Fitzpatrick Insurance
Presented by Daniel Holmes from Fitzpatricks & Co. Insurance Brokers
Jan has long been a member of AIH and has worked in the profession in the public and private sectors for almost 30 years.
Wayne Van Balen MAIH RH and Chris Poulton FAIH RH (the most recently appointed Fellow) presented two Fellowships of the AIH.
Sponsored by AIH National Council
Presented by David Thompson on behalf of The AIH National Council and Sponsor Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
The Australian Institute of Horticulture Student of the Year for 2018 is Sonny Morrisson, nominated by Tom Lantry and Sponsored by Western Sydney University.
Sponsored by BBM Youth Support
Katanah Jas is one of the winners of the 2018 BBM Youth Support Award for Horticulture and is off to Europe thanks to sponsorship from Mayfield Garden in conjunction with the Australian Garden Council. Katanah was recommended by AIH member John Mason FAIH.
Jaiden Culpin and Julian Rose from Deep Green Corporation accepted the award.
Jock Gammon, Managing Director of Junglefy, is unable to attend and Michael Casey as nominator accepted the award on his behalf.
Following the success of the first Breathing Wall installed at Lendlease’s Sydney head office, Junglefy were tasked to create an even bigger Breathing Wall for Lendlease in Melbourne. At 88sqm, it is currently Australia’s largest Breathing Wall and provides clean air and a beautiful backdrop for this foyer and collaborative work space.
The benefits of Green Walls which are being installed inside buildings, homes and even classrooms in urban environments have been well documented in recent years. There is significant proof that Green Walls can also have a positive impact on children’s mental health, especially those within secondary schools.
Assisting children with ADHD to focus better in school
Boosting teacher and student morale to support healthy student/teacher relationships
Improvement of cognitive functioning
MJC Horticulture has partnered with Catholic Regional College over the past 5 years incorporating green spaces in and around the campus. The recent design and development of a new Study Hall features a green wall which is the building that year 11 and 12 students sit their exams in. This was a deliberate design feature to ensure the students’ physical testing environment was optimised for the best outcomes. The wall is 50m2 in size, incorporates 1200 plants covering 12 different species.
A recipient of an Award of Excellence has been a Member of the Institute for a continuous period of not less than four years; and has demonstrated consistent achievement in a horticultural field.
Ben French was nominated by Matt Mitchley and recognised for the Bulimba Garden. Ben has been a long term AIH member.
Yards Landscaping were originally engaged by the owners of this property to create a functional tiny waterfront area and a plant lovers paradise. It involved minimal structure allowing the plants to soften the edges. With such a beautifully designed home and pool, it was a pleasure to work on. Being careful not to block any views and at the same time provide some privacy, the layout takes a considered approach.
The owner is a plant enthusiast, so they had to have diversity in plant material while connecting with the clean lines of the Architectural home. So keen to get started they had already purchased a large Dracaena draco. Pleached Olives frame the access to the waterfront. Many interesting and unique Bromeliads were sourced from specialty growers. Soft weeping ground covers and salt tolerant turf were also selected for their hardiness along the Brisbane River. The planting extends onto the jetty, with custom made planters complimenting the pylons.
Dr Kate Neale was nominated by Patrick Regnault MAIH RH for her contribution to “Inclusive therapeutic horticulture programs”.
Dr Kate Neale PhD is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University. She is an avid gardener who has combined her passion for gardening along with her expertise in Childhood Studies, research methodologies and ethics.
This has involved developing therapeutic gardening programs for people with intellectual
Kate’s work is supported through an industry partnership with Vegepod and Commonwealth Grant funding.
Plants such as blue leschenaultias, orange flowering Copper Tops, smoke bushes, WA Christmas trees, Desert Grevilleas and many, many more are now available, and most are grafted onto hardy understocks, making them much easier to grow.
Doubtless many young propagators and plant collectors will follow in Phil’s footsteps. Phil is arguably our greatest ever pioneer of making fabled WA wildflowers and spectacular wildflowers in general available and manageable for garden use.
Phil has brought excitement, fun and Aussie pride back to gardening.
An Award of Merit is granted for a specific horticultural project or activity. The recipient need not necessarily be a Member of the Institute.
The Institute recognised Sid Dyer for his services to Horticulture, development of the irrigation industry and the Nerang Community Garden Project.
Sid’s initial entry into the general irrigation industry in Australia was fostered by attending his first major irrigation symposium at Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 1962. In 1976 Sid started the organising process of forming the initial Irrigation Association of Australia (IAA) working with a few loyal supporters including some help from ICID Australia and the IA/USA.
Sid’s career in the irrigation industry in Australia has included working as Australasian General Manager for US company Lindsay International Irrigation where he was very much involved in the introduction of the Centre Pivot Irrigators into Australia during the 1975 / 1984 period. During the last four years Sid has spent considerable time working with Paradise Community Gardens at their Nerang site where he has helped to set up an Aquaponics Study Centre where Sid and his helpers spend considerable time teaching and encouraging Site gardeners to become efficient with their water use.
Recognising The Leadership of President and Secretary.
Wayne Van Balen has led the Institute as President since 2015 and has dedicated enormous time, energy and commitment to a large number of strategic initiatives that have strengthened the place of the AIH in the national and international region.
Glenice Batchelor FAIH RH
Glenice is a Loyal member and Registered Horticulturist whose enthusiasm over many years has assisted in developing a true National profile for the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Her involvement has been at a regional level centred around Perth and at a National Level by serving on the National Council.
She has actively encouraged AIH to support the Green Space Alliance in Western Australia which has been a great success and example to other states.
Chair of Fellows Group
Neville Passmore FAIH RH, Jackie Warburton MAIH
Convenor of the 2019 AIH Conference
Presented prior to the conference by Neville Passmore FAIH RH.
Marion Blackwell is a National Treasure and was awarded an Order of Australia in 2018. She is recognised for her work as an environmental Scientist, landscape architect and conservationist. Given the theme of our conference she is a very fitting recipient of this award. Her publications and reports cover a wide field of W.A. interests, especially local gardening and landscape projects as well as for major mining companies such as NBHP and Woodside Offshore Petroleum.