President’s Report February 2020

Dear Members,

I hope your start to the year has been smooth and not affected by either extreme heat, fires or flooding rains?

It does make you think more about the current condition our climate is in and what impact it not only has on us but our industry. Last year’s conference highlighted the hard work being accomplished by members of our industry but it also highlighted the amount of work we still need to do and how we need to continue to push our industry and learn more about how horticulture can assist in a changing climate.

This year the institute celebrates its 60th year as the peak industry body representing horticulturists in Australia and Southeast Asia. We will be hosting our awards night in Sydney this October along with our national conference that was very well received last year in Perth. The conference will follow on with a similar theme to last year highlighting the works of horticulturists in our changing climate. Please keep an eye out for the communications regarding these events.

We have also worked alongside our industry colleagues at Interior Plantscape Association to organise a three-day tour of Singapore gardens to coincide with this year’s Singapore Garden Festival. This event has been such a success we have nearly sold out of the limited seats we had available. This will be a great event and we thank both IPA and NParks for their assistance in organising this event.

The National Council and myself will be attending MIFGS this year in Melbourne and invite anyone wishing to catch up to contact myself or AIH directly to organise a catch up.

I look forward to a big year ahead and welcome all our new members that have joined our organisation at the start of this year.

Michael Casey

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