AIH Heroes

We Celebrate Our AIH Heroes

Like all well-established organisations, guilds and Institutes, AIH has its own ‘Horticulture Heroes’ who have earned their coveted position in the AIH Hall of Fame.

These are professionals who have been involved in Institute management, development and operations and have made significant contributions to the profession.

AIH Hero Awards

Every year the Australian Institute of Horticulture hold its Annual National Awards and  Dinner where a variety of awards are presented. There are 2 significant Hero awards, the Golden Wattle Award and the Silver Gum Award.
View the AIH 2018 Annual Award Winners.

Golden Wattle Award

The Award is presented to an horticulture professional whose practice in the opinion of the National Executive has advanced the objectives as set down by AIH and the profession of horticulture.

Acacia pycnantha – or the Golden Wattle – was commissioned by AIMS Pty Ltd who continues to be the sponsor since inception of the award.

All received this penultimate award for their unfaltering contributions to the profession.

The awardees hold a unique presence in the horticulture profession. Their hard work, innovative approach and dedication to horticulture have made their efforts successful in advancing the profession, increasing recognition of gardening to the public and enhancing horticultural events in various forums.

Nominations for an outstanding horticulturist for the Golden Wattle Award are called each March for consideration by the National Executive for awarding at the Annual Awards Night usually in November.

Golden Wattle Award Winners

2018

Annette McFarlane

2016

Jane Edmanson

2015

Peter Cundall

2014

Graham Ross

MAIH RH

2013

Wes Fleming

of Fleming Nurseries

2012

Judy Horton

OAM, MAIH RH

2011

Colin Campbell

the late

2010

Don Burke

OAM, FAIH RH

Silver Gum Award

Fashioned after the flowers and buds of the Eucalyptus crenulata (Silver Gum), the award was commissioned by Horticultural Training in recognition of a Past President’s dedicated and committed representation on behalf of AIH.

In 2015 the award was redefined with a new criteria for outstanding industry commitment.

Silver Gum Award Winners

2018

Michael Jeffery

Major General, The Honourable

2017

The Diggers Garden & Environment Trust (VIC)

2016

Rod Drew

2015

Neville Passmore

MAIH RH

2014

Annette Irish

FAIH RH, CPH

President 2012 – 2014

2012

Kim Morris

FAIH RH

President 2008 – 2012