Conference & Awards 2019

AIH Conference & Awards 21 - 22 September 2019 at the Aloft Hotel in Perth WA

The awards night, which will be held in Perth following the conference, will be a fantastic night to both highlight some of the wonderful work in horticulture as well as a worthy networking event. 

Conference Speakers

Speakers have been locked in progressively over the last month and the program is well and truly set. The Honourable Rita Saffioti MLA Minister for Transport and Planning has agreed to open the conference.

We have four professors addressing the conference including: Peter Newman, Lyn Abbott, Stephen Hopper and Simon Forrest.

From the down to earth practical side of horticulture we have:

Graeme Sait from Nutri-Tech Solutions, Warren Stevens from Belmont City Council, Julian Rose, winner of last year’s, AIH Green Space Award, Steve Marafiote of Sundrop Farms, South Australia, Graham McAlpine of Perth Natural Resource Management and Mark Tucek of Tucker Bush Plants.

Conference Program

The range of topics include:

– The Anthropocene- how did we get here and how can we manage the consequences?

– Reverse the decline in urban tree cover

– The daily dose of Biophilia

– What’s happening in soil?

– Canopy cover what’s happening in WA’s local government areas

– Successful rooftop gardens and green walls in WA’s climate

– The future of food growing

– Food security and what does it mean in the 21st Century Australia

– New perspectives on re-vegetation with local area natives

– How can Horticulturists help moderate human effects on our planet?

– Tucker Bush and Bindi Bindi Dreaming – a new partnership linking traditional foods.

If this looks like a full program for a one-day conference then you are correct. Breakout sessions will expose delegates to these topics and allow for panel sessions where delegates can put questions to speakers. 

AIH Conference & Therapeutic Horticulture Australia Conference

Therapeutic Horticulture Australia is running a two-day conference alongside ours. Their dates are September 19th and 20th and we will share the same venue, Aloft Hotel in Belmont. This is worth bearing in mind when making your plans. THA’s conference details will be released shortly.

The concept behind running both conferences sequentially is to allow delegates to cross over and take in talks and workshops at either conference. To this end, we are planning to make segment registrations available so that you can attend talks at both conferences. While drawing up your plans, it’s worth noting that the final event on the THA conference is a sundowner at the Aloft Hotel to which AIH members are invited.

Aloft Hotel Accommodation

As an aside, the Aloft Hotel is not only our conference venue but also our suggested accommodation location. Aloft is a sparkling new addition to Perth with amazing views of the Swan River and the city itself. So good I call it 720-degree views – so good you’ll want to go around a second time.

Attractions Worth Visiting In WA

One of the great attractions of WA in spring is that the famous wildflower season. There are many ways to enjoy this unforgettable spectacle. You can enjoy a half day wander around Kings Park overlooking the Perth CBD, a trip to the Coral Coast or to the wine-famous Margaret River region to see the colour and form of these remarkable plants where they grow naturally. There are also many things to see and do around Perth such as a trip to take in the Tulip Festival at the cool climate Araluen Botanic Park.