Awards 2014

AIH 2014 Annual Awards

Friday 7 November, 2014

Sydney Hosted the 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.

Peter Lees

Andrew Prowse VP Accepts on behalf of Peter Lees.

Chris Poulton

for his work as Sydney Regional Convenor.

Tom Lantry

for his work as Hunter and Central Coast Regional Convenor.

Patrick Regnault

for his work as Northern and Mid Coast NSW Regional Convenor.

Jan Allen & Nicholas Rivett

for AIH representation on Standards Australia – AS 2303 -Tree Stock for landscape use – Committee.

AIH Award of Merit

Jim Fogarty

Award of Merit is presented to Jim Fogarty for his involvement as the project designer for the ‘Essence of Australia’ show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014 that went on to be awarded a Gold Medal & the Tudor Rose Award for Best in Show Garden. 

AIH Award of Merit

Better Homes & Gardens Channel 7

Award of Merit was presented to Better Homes and Gardens, Channel Seven for its dedication and passion for the presentation of horticultural home and garden concepts.

Award of Excellence

Liz Smith

Award of Excellence was presented to Liz Smith for the IHC2014 Gardens Project at the International Horticultural Congresses held in Brisbane in 2014. 

Award of Excellence

Arno King

Award of Excellence was presented to Arno King for the IHC2014 Gardens Project at the International Horticultural Congresses held in Brisbane in 2014. 

Award of Excellence

Wayne Van Balen

Award of Excellence was presented to Wayne Van Balen for his role as Sydney regional CPD Convenor.

Award of Excellence

Myles Baldwin

Award of Excellence was presented to Myles Baldwin for his winning ‘Best in Show’ AGSS 2014 and Curator of the Australian Garden Show Sydney. 

Community Award of Excellence

Mark Paul

Community Award of Excellence was presented to Mark Paul for his recent achievements ranging from completion of a unique billboard greenwall, implementation of a community schools program through to tailor-made residential installations in homes nation-wide.

AIH Secretary's Award of Excellence in Horticultural Literature

Catherine Stewart

AIH Secretary’s Award for Horticulture Literature was presented to Catherine Stewart for GardenDrum blog. Since its launch it now reaches a monthly audience of over 42,000 unique visitors. (Source Google analytics, 1 September – 1 October 2014), spanning Australia, USA/Canada, UK, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, Malaysia and Singapore. 

SIR John Pagan BBM Youth Support Horticulture Scholarship

Caitlin Sawyer

Sir John Pagan Horticulture Award – BBM Youth Support 2014 was presented to Caitlin Sawyer. Her award includes a horticultural travel scholarship of $8000. 

AIH 2014 Horticulture Student of the Year

Chantelle Leenstra


Christopher O'Connor

AIH Student of the Year Award was won by two people – Chantelle Leenstra & Christopher O’Connor. 

AIH 2014 Horticulturist of the Year

Professor Tim Entwisle

AIH Horticulturist of the Year was presented to Professor Tim Entwisle in part due to his extensive journey through research, identification, authoring many refereed journals and work within the world of Botanic Gardens, RBG Sydney, Kew UK and now Royal Botanic Gardens, Vic. 

AIH Life Membership

Hazel King

Life Membership was awarded to Hazel King. There are few champions that voluntarily commit their time to professional associations. Hazel King was one of these champions. Hazel held senior positions with the Australian Institute of Horticulture, including NSW Council Secretary, Treasurer and Councillor.

AIH 2014 Silver Gum Award

Annette Irish

Silver Gum Award is a special award presented for services as President. This award was presented to Annette Irish.

AIH 2014 Golden Wattle Award

Graham Ross

Golden Wattle Award was presented to Graham Ross. 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. 

Sponsors of the Congress & the 2014 Award Night