President’s Report April

Dear Members

By now you will have been contacted by our Website Manager, David, to provide you with new website login details. I am sure you will be happy with the improvements – but if you do encounter problems, don’t hesitate to contact the website manager or secretary.

In relation to workshops, there are an increasing number being scheduled by our conveners and they are being listed on the Events page of the Website. I also propose to upload the full 12 month calendar in an “at a glance“ consolidated format. The calendar includes regional group meetings and workshops – this will be updated regularly to include any new additions. Please also be aware that horticultural and garden show events around Australia, and even Asia, are included on the calendar. We hope to include other activities on this schedule as we become aware of them. These might be events run by other industry groups with which we have supportive arrangements. For example, groups representing horticultural therapists, designers, architects, landscapers, nu series, horticultural media and consulting arborists. Please refer to our calendar of events for more detail.

The Collectors’ Plant Fair, which we endorse and sponsor, will be held in Richmond, NSW, in early April. The Perth Garden Festival will be held in mid April.

I have just returned from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS). A wonderful event this year. The grounds were well presented, the weather great, and an increased number of displays and industry stands indicated a great success. I took the time to meet with some of our senior, and very active, members and enjoyed the displays provided by many of the horticulture and design students.


Wayne Van Balen MAIH and Nicholas Rivett FAIH at Christian Jenkins garden display at MIFGS.

I’m appreciative of our busy and talented National Council, who met in early March. The Executive also met while we were in Melbourne with much work done on our annual budget, Registered Horticulturist strategies and bilateral arrangements both with other Australian organisations and overseas. It was a great pleasure to meet with the CEO of Fitzpatricks, Annette Baxter, accompanied by Daniel Holmes, who is known to many of us. They have a very positive approach to their relationship with AIH going forward and they have proposed to provide quality information to our members about insurance issues on a regular basis.

Next Wednesday evening, I look forward to accompanying Nic Rivett and Michael Casey at the official opening of the Upper West Side Precinct in Melbourne, which is Australia’s largest residential rooftop green space. This was the winner of the AIH’s inaugural Urban GreenSpace Award in 2017.

Kind regards,

Wayne

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