President’s Report June 2018

Dear Members

On 26th May I attended the Community Gardens Workshop held at Ryde TAFE in Sydney.

It was well attended and convened by Chris Poulton. A big thank you to Costa Georgiadis who was the key speaker. Our members were keen to learn more about how important gardens and particularly healthy food gardens can be as a way of fostering a vibrant more cohesive community. Research work by the Botanic Gardens is useful in providing empirical evidence to support the Psychological benefits of Community Gardens.

I note the upcoming Barangarroo Project overview presented by Stuart Pittendrigh MAIH (Horticulturist of the year 2015), planned for Maitland with Convenor Tom Lantry FAIH , (Horticulturist of the Year 2017). This event will be run by the Hunter Region group on the 14th June. Members from surrounding regions should consider attending. There are many other Workshops and Events planned for other regions and I refer you to our excellent website to view these and make bookings.

The Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour is really worth a visit on 13 to 15 July.

Please also consider some really great international events that are coming up:

Singapore 18th to 21st July 2018 The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress in Conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival and Jakarta 19th – 21st July 2018 The Green Urbanscape International Expo.

I can report that the Awards Night will be on the Gold Coast on October 27 and we are co-ordinating a combined Bus tour on the 27th October with Therapeutic Horticulture Australia (THA) who are meeting in the same area on 26th October.

Please assist the Councillors and Regional Convenors in their quest to locate worthy award recipients. The criteria and forms should be available within the next week.

Finally, I encourage members to send us any interesting articles and news items which can be included in our Newsletter.

Best Wishes,

Wayne

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