The Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) celebrated its 60th year in 2020. The Institute was formed in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) in 1953 and became an incorporated entity in 1960.


The AIH is managed nationally by an elected National Executive that consists of a President/Chair, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and National Councillors who bring their expertise to assist with the management of the Institute.

The AIH Council is responsible for the overall national management of the Institute that includes policy, membership, finances, national and international representation and strategic development.

Regional Groups may have an elected Regional Convenor supported by a group of supporters and is responsible for the local development of programs to support AIH members.

Our Aims

Membership is open to horticulture practitioners who have achieved acknowledged tertiary qualifications in horticulture OR Associate Membership for equivalent years of industry experience. Join Today!

AIH member practitioners represent the widest possible range of horticulture interests across every industry group. These include production, environmental, recreational, ornamental, urban, lifestyle and design, training and higher education horticulture pursuits and professions.

AIH members can be seen on all lifestyle television shows, heard on most radio gardening programs nationally and write most of the respected gardening columns, books and guides.

Other AIH Member practitioners specialise in tertiary training design and development for Australian industry groups and are responsible for many overseas national landscape and horticulture industry workplace skills and qualification programs.  Others deliver senior professional development programs internationally and are acknowledged as world leaders in horticultural training.

AIH implemented the Registered Horticulturist program in 2011 as an accrediting scheme and represent peer assessed leaders in horticulture in Australia and other countries where membership representation exists.

A Registered Horticulturist has:

  • a higher profile, recognition and acknowledgement of their skills at a local, national and international level.
  • AIH actively promotes Registered Horticulturists to be specified as a requirement of government and private sector projects.

AIH is committed to and promotes the development of young horticulturists through the national network of TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and RTO (Registered Training organisations) horticulture training and education courses. AIH nurtures TAFE and RTO horticulture teachers and lecturers.

AIH actively seeks to collaborate with other like minded organisations to bring and offer a holistic approach to the horticulture profession. Find out more about Sponsorship and Corporate Sponsorship
AIH established the first international co-operation arrangement with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the Centre for Urban Greenery (CUGE) Singapore in 2007. AIH provides a rigorous process of accreditation of the CUGE Certified Program and CPH Singapore graduates participate in AIH as its first members in Asia. Other partnerships both in Australia and overseas broadens our network and provides added benefits to membership
The Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) and the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore first signed a major and significant Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) on 28th July 2008. This was renewed on 20th November 2010 and again on the 10th July 2012.

The Memorandum has recently been re-signed for a further two years. The MOC came after many discussions between the two organisations and proposed to establish closer working ties and the sharing of information in the development of the profession of horticulture and business opportunities.

“AIH will work with CUGE and NParks in identifying ways to bring more focus and value to the profession…”

The Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) Singapore is the National Parks Board Registered Training Authority that conducts training and professional development programs. AIH will work with CUGE and NParks in identifying ways to bring more focus and value to the profession at a time when climate and global warming have significant impact on life and the opportunity for horticulture to play a major role in the development of solutions.

The Australian Institute of Horticulture endorses the CUGE Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH) Program. CPH (Singapore) is the horticulture review program for practising professionals. CPH (Singapore) has graduated over 100 professional practitioners since its inception 2008.

AIH Code of Ethics

This Code of Ethics applies to Members of the Australian Institute of Horticulture:

The AIH Ethics Panel

Declaration of AIH Ethics Panel

This panel was ratified through delegation by the National council pertaining to section 18.3 of the AIH constitution on August 16th 2022.

Any act or thing done or suffered by a committee acting in the exercise of a delegation under this rule has the same force and effect as it would have if it had been done or suffered by the National Council.

Membership of Ethics Panel

To ensure a panel that is seen to act in a non-prejudicial manner to the proceedings, the panel to be represented by:

  1. The Chair or delegated member of the Fellows group
  2. 1 member of the AIH Council who has not had previous dealings with the defendant or claimant
  3. An invited independent specialist member or person who is in the industry. May or may not be a member of AIH.