AIH 2015 Annual Awards

Thursday September 17, 2015

Melbourne Hosted the 55th AIH Annual National Awards Night for Professional Horticulturists Across Australia.

Melbourne hosted the 55th AIH Annual National Awards night for professional horticulturists across Australia. The Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) attracted interstate and international professionals who are at the forefront of their industry in research, cultivation, horticultural media, design and management of plants in urban, rural and environmental situations.

AIH Certificates of Appreciation

Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to members of AIH who have donated extensive time to represent AIH on industry advisory committees and/or who have enhanced the reputation and professional development of AIH members.

Michael Casey MAIH RH

Victorian Regional Convenor

Marc Percival MAIH RH

NSW mid North Coast Regional Convenor

Annette Irish FAIH RH

Queensland Regional Convenor

Diane Ellis MAIH RH

NSW Southern Highlands Regional Convenor

David Strickland MAIH RH

Western Australia Regional Convenor

Mathew Pearson MAIH RH

South Australia Regional Convenor

Chris Poulton MAIH RH

Sydney Regional Convenor

Tom Lantry FAIH RH

NSW Hunter Regional Convenor

Patrick Regnault MAIH RH

Northern NSW Regional Convenor

AIH Award of Merit

Kerri Young

Award of Merit was presented to Kerri Young for her commitment in developing strong industry networks. Andrew Prowse (AIH Vice President) presenting the Award of Merit for Kerri Young to Glenice Batchelor on Kerri’s behalf.

AIH Award of Merit

Lisa Ellis


Mark Browning

Award of Merit was presented to Lisa Ellis & Mark Browning in recognition of Gold and Best in Show at MIFGS2015 for the garden creation ‘Quietude’. 


Spencer Denyer MAIH RH

Award of Excellence for the work on the Registered Horticulturist program and industry commitment in Victoria.

Patrick Regnault MAIH RH

Award of Excellence for advancement of the horticultural industry in Northern New South Wales.

Matt Mitchley AAIH RH

Award of Excellence in recognition of the design, construction and establishment of ‘The Jurassica Project’.

Tan Chee Hian John (John Tan) MAIH RH, CPH (SINGAPORE)

Award of Excellence in achieving Silver Gilt award for display garden ‘the Hidden Beauty of Kranji’ at Chelsea Flower Show 2015. 

AIH Community Award of Excellence

Michael Casey MAIH RH

Community Award of Excellence was presented to Michael Casey for the project Catholic Regional College, Sydenham. 

AIH Secretary’s Award of Excellence in Horticultural Literature

Simon Leake & Elke Haege

AIH Secretary’s Award for Horticulture Literature was presented to Simon and Elke for their book ‘Soils for Landscape Development’. 

AIH 2015 Horticultural Student of the Year

Tessa Maunder

AIH Student of the Year Award was won by Tessa Maunder. 

AIH 2015 Horticulturist of the Year

Stuart Pittendrigh MAIH RH

AIH Horticulturist of the Year was presented to Stuart Pittendrigh for his committed work on the Barangaroo Headland project in Sydney. 

Award presented by Leigh Heinrichs representing award sponsor Fitzpatrick Co Insurance Brokers P/L.

AIH 2015 Fellow Citation

Nicholas Rivett FAIH RH

Fellow citation was awarded to Nicholas Rivette for his extensive years of dedication to AIH and the broader horticultural industry. 

AIH 2015 Silver Gum Award

Neville Passmore MAIH RH

Silver Gum Award was a special award presented AIH member for extensive services to industry. 

AIH 2015 Golden Wattle Award

Peter Cundall

The Golden Wattle Award was presented to Peter Cundall. This is the highest award of industry recognition to be given to a horticulturist whose practice has advanced the profession of horticulture in Australia through sustained exemplary conduct as a professional horticulturist. 

2015 Award Night Sponsors