AIH 2020 Annual Awards

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.

October 30, 2021

“Such a great organisation. I really had no idea how much I’d enjoy and benefit from my membership when I joined. And it all started with your awards. It really gave me a platform to showcase and further my work.”

Dr Kate Neale MAIH
Researcher In Horticultural Wellbeing

Golden Wattle Award

Sponsored by Botanica Nurseries, Silverdale NSW

Karen Smith

MAIH

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Karen Smith MAIH, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary.

For commitment to and promotion of Australian Horticulture in the media

The Australian Institute of Horticulture awards Karen Smith, the editor of the established industry magazine Hort Journal, the 2020 Golden Wattle Award for the wonderful work she has done, not only in the media, but in supporting and raising awareness of the importance of horticulture in today’s world.

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Councillor Jess Miller representing Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary.

Silver Gum Award

The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Cr. Clover Moore

For commitment to and promotion of horticulture, the environment, and city liveability

The Silver Gum Award recognises AIH members or others from the wider horticulture community who have made an exceptional contribution to the value that horticulture plays in our lives. Generosity of time, spirit and innovation are central to the nominee’s attributes.

Horticulturist of the Year

Sponsored by Fitzpatrick and Co.

Clarence Slockee

MAIH RH

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Clarence Slockee MAIH RH, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary

AIH considers Clarence Slockee’s contribution to our industry to be outstanding, especially his role in highlighting, supporting, and promoting the works of indigenous youth and culture throughout the horticultural fields. Clarence’s work in the promotion and conservation of Australia’s unique habitats aligns significantly with AIH’s own activities in this field.

Student of the Year

Lauren Danecek

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Lauren Danecek, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary

Certificate III Horticulture, Ryde College TAFE NSW

The Australian Institute of Horticulture congratulates Lauren Danecek on her studies and her efforts in raising awareness of the importance of horticulture in today’s world. Lauren’s commitment to her studies in and her engagement with several industry related community activities is commendable and especially relevant in today’s world. We look forward to Lauren’s future in horticulture and with AIH.

Kim Morris Student Award of Merit

Brooke Toovey

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Brooke Toovey, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary

Certificate III Horticulture, Canberra Institute of Technology / Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours), University of Canberra

On behalf of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, we congratulate you on your studies and raising awareness of the importance of horticulture in today’s world.

Award of Excellence

Nick Brew

MAIH RH

Nick has had more than 30 years in the horticultural profession. Nick is a proud horticulturist and prides himself on his plant knowledge. The success of his business is the result of his dedication and ongoing training he put into his profession. He has been a loyal and committed Member of Australian Institute of Horticulture and passionate in the ongoing promotion of horticulture.

Award of Excellence

Mark Paul

MAIH RH

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Mark Paul MAIH RH, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary

Mark has undertaken pioneering work in Green Wall technology over the past 20 years and was awarded with the AIH Horticulturist of the Year in 2012. This year’s Award of Excellence acknowledges Mark’s current research and development of recycled materials in Green Walls especially using coffee grounds as a growing media.

Award of Excellence

Brent Whiter

MAIH RH

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Wayne Van Balen MAIH RH – Manager RH Program, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary

For ongoing promotion and commitment to the horticultural industry

Brent is a great campaigner for professional Horticulture and gardening. He has been continually active at many community activities including regular judging at agricultural and community shows. His horticultural support to several local Indigenous Groups and the Tathra bushfire recovery is especially commendable.

Award of Merit

Prof. Zhong-Hua Chen & his team

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Prof. Zhong-Hua Chen, Dr Michelle Mak, David Randall, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary

Professor Zhong-Hua Chen and the team at the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre at Western Sydney University are awarded the Australian Institute of Horticulture Award of Merit. 

Green Space Urban Award

Sponsored by MJC Horticulture Pty Ltd.

Burwood Brickworks, VIC

Developer: Frasers Property

Fraser Property is awarded an Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space Urban Award for the Burwood Brickworks project designed from the outset to have a reduced environmental footprint.

Green Space Urban Award

Sponsored by Evergreen Infrastructure

Caulfield to Dandenong Crossing VIC

Landscape Architects: Aspect Studios

Aspect Studios are awarded an Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space Urban Award for the consultation and design work for the Caulfield to Dandenong Crossing project. 

Green Space Urban Award

Sponsored By Van Balen Horticultural

Parkridge, Noosa QLD

Builder / Developer: Altum Property Group

Consulting Arborist / Horticulturist: Arboractive RH 0150

The Altum Property Group are awarded an Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space Urban Award for the Parkridge project in Noosa Queensland. Parkridge is a unique 5.44ha parcel of land nestled between the Noosa Girraween Nature reserve, Noosa National Park and Lake Weyba.

Green Space Regional Award

Sponsored by Jungle Horticulture

Benjamin Short Grove, Orange NSW

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Phil Pettit, Elizabeth Docking (both Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney), Paul Davidson (Mission Australia), Nina, Chris McAlister (Mission Australia), Ray, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary

The Benjamin Short Grove project in Orange, NSW is awarded an Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space Regional Award. The institute would like to congratulate the partnering of Mission Australia and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Centennial Parklands Community Greening Outreach Group. 

Green Space Regional Award

Sponsored By The Designer Garden Co.

Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD

Cairns Regional Council
Consulting Designer / Horticulturists: Andrew Prowse RH0053, Kim Morris RH0002

Cairns Regional Council is awarded an Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space Regional Award for the Munro Martin Parklands project. The display of various vines throughout the park highlights and promotes the potential of these plants to be used in both urban greening projects and residential gardens.

Green Space Regional Award

Sponsored By LA3 Landscape Architects

Gayndah Burnett Riverwalk Project

North Burnett Regional Council
Consulting Arborist / Horticulturist: Arboractive RH 0150

North Burnett Regional Council in mid-western Queensland is awarded an Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space Regional Award for the Gayndah Riverwalk Project, a shared pathway along the Burnett River at Gayndah.

Green Space International Award

Sponsored By Interactive Landscapes

Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore

National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore

The National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks) is awarded the Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space International Award for the Jurong Lakes project. The 90-hectare of gardens has been designed for the people of Singapore as a people’s garden, where spaces have been designed and created for families and the community to come together.

Green Space Events & Engagement Award

Sponsored By Aspley Nursery

Queensland Garden Expo

The Queensland Garden Expo is awarded the Australian Institute of Horticulture Green Space Events and Engagement Award. The dedicated management team of the Expo have over many years showcased to the general public and to the horticultural industry the importance of environmental management and an awareness of the importance of horticulture in today’s ever-changing world.

Award of Appreciation

Tempe Macgowan

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Tempe Macgowan, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary.

The Australian Institute of Horticulture would like to thank Tempe Macgowan for her work with the institute in an editorial and communications capacity. Tempe, a qualified Landscape Architect, presided over a refreshed AIH newsletter conducting numerous interviews with institute members, designers, and researchers.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Peter Valder

Michael Casey MAIH RH – President, Judy Horton MAIH OAM, Matt Mitchley MAIH RH – Secretary.

For services to horticulture, science, media, and the community. 

The Australian Institute of Horticulture would like to acknowledge the career and community work of Dr Peter Valder, a retired member of the institute.

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