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Special Guest: Silver Gum Award Winner

We are proud to welcome Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffrey AC, CVO, MC & Mrs Marlena Jeffrey, Australia’s 24th Governor General, Australia’s First Advocate for Soil Health.

Recipient, 2018 AIH Silver Gum Award

MC: Matt Carroll MAIH RH

Matthew Carroll (aka Hortiman®) has worked in many aspects of horticulture for over 15 years. Armed with experience in garden writing, radio production, garden travel and a vision for sharing horticulture knowledge digitally, Matthew established Hortiman® in 2010 in order to take gardening to a younger audience.

Awards Night Dinner - $125.00

Saturday 27th October 6.30pm for 7pm start

‘Augusta Room’ – The Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Includes three course fare with drinks.

Please advise of any dietary requirements.

Dress semi formal.

RH CPD points = 2.

Concessions for table bookings of eight.

Garden Bus Tour - $40.00

Open to all those interested in good gardens and horticultural camaraderie.

Hosted by John Mason FAIH RH and Patrick Regnault MAIH RH

Price includes GST, Morning tea and lunch. 

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Nominate a Horticulturist

Our awards have recognised the incredible achievements and dedication of some of Australia’s best-known people and projects. Nominate today and help us share in the beauty of Australian horticulture.

There are eight award categories: please ensure you read the eligibility requirements which are specific to each award. Good luck!

Nominations must be received by the AIH National President by 5 pm, September 8th, 2018. Email your applications to the AIH National President on

This is the most significant annual award given by the AIH to an outstanding horticulturist from the AIH member body in Australia and overseas.

These Awards are presented to the recipients for their outstanding contribution to the horticulture industry, including horticulture education or horticulture media.

The nominee will have demonstrated exemplary conduct as a professional horticulturist through the outcomes of a horticultural project during the past 2 years, in progress or completed between January 1st 2017 and July 31st 2018.


AIH is committed to supporting the entry and training of students into the profession of horticulture and is the highest award to be given to a horticulture student in Australia.

By profiling the excellence of horticulture students it is hoped to both inspire and challenge horticulturists in their studies and to promote their skills and achievements to the public.

All AIH Student Members, especially those who have taken up Free Membership, are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Australian Institute of Horticulture, Award of Excellence, is awarded by the National Council in recognition of innovative horticultural achievement exclusively for its members.

This may be a horticultural project, activity, software or other horticultural accomplishment that has the potential or demonstrated value to the horticultural industry.


The Australian Institue of Horticulture AWARD OF MERIT is awarded by the National Council in recognition of an innovative horticultural achievement to those who may not be members of the institute.

This may be a specific horticultural project, activity, software or other horticultural accomplishment that has potential or demonstrated value to the horticultural industry.


AIH and its members are practitioners of horticulture across a wide range of disciplines, the majority of which are related in most ways to the improvement of healthy living.

Green space as a development, renovation, or its preservation can take many forms especially as urbanisation becomes more acute. This is obvious in larger cities, but is also an ambition of regional, country and outback towns and villages.

The AIH Green Space Awards are divided into two categories:

URBAN Green Space Award and RURAL Green Space Award.

The awards can be applied to any green project, anywhere in Australia that uses horticulture in its design, purpose and use for the improvement or provision of open green space and human health and well-being.


The AIH SILVER GUM is an award that occupies a senior position in the AIH National Awards structure. It is considered one of Australia’s most significant horticultural awards.

The AIH Silver Gum is an award of recognition for members of the Institute, who may or may not have held AIH office, or others from the wider horticulture community who have brought exceptional focus and benefit by understanding the enormous value that horticulture plays in our lives.

Generosity of time, spirit and innovation are central to the nominee’s attributes.


The Australian Institute of Horticulture GOLDEN WATTLE AWARD is the premier AIH award. It is the AIH ‘Hall of Fame’ acknowledgement of one individual who has excelled in the profession in a range of activities and brought significant benefit to the profession of horticulture.

Since its inception in the AIH 2010 Golden Anniversary Year this handsome award has been presented to horticulture luminaries such as Don Burke OAM FAIH RH, Colin Campbell (Late) OAM FAIH, Judy Horton MAIH RH, Wes Fleming, Graham Ross VMM, MAIH RH, Peter Cundall AM and Jane Edmonson OAM.


BBM Youth Support is offering one $8,000 Award to young horticulturalists aged 16-23, designed to help the successful applicant develop specialist skills and widen their networks overseas. On their return, awardees are then encouraged to share these skills, enriching communities as role models, mentors, teachers and employers.

If you are eligible and between the ages of 16 and 23 and are passionate about developing your skills overseas, please apply using the link below.

Applications close on 10th August and are judged by a panel of selectors including the Australian Institute of Horticulture and BBM Youth Support.

Award applications have now closed.

"Receiving the AIH Student of the Year Award in 2017 has enabled me to develop the use of endemic flora in gardens of North East Qld. I am making a series of posters with drawings of garden escapees becoming environmental weeds to educate the public..."

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