President’s Report May 2018

Dear Members,

This time of the year sees the commencement of a busy time in the Institute Calendar. Over the past six weeks there have been many activities, most of which are the subject of more detailed reports within this newsletter.

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the passing of Liz Smith FAIH, longstanding member, former National Treasurer and principal of Horticultural Training Pty Ltd. We extend our sincere sympathies to her family.

Secondly, I would like to advise members that Michael Casey MAIH, Registered Horticulturist 0106 has accepted the appointment to the position of Vice President. This is excellent news! Thank you Michael! The casual vacancy became available as a result of the resignation of Volker Mischker MAIH in Tasmania.

Over the past six weeks I have attended:

  • The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and AIH Executive Meeting in Melbourne in late March.
  • Attended the launch of the Upper West Side Precinct’s Roof top and Sky Gardens with Nic Rivett FAIH and Michael Casey MAIH. Nic and I addressed the gathering which was hosted by Costa and attended by the Acting Lord Mayor and Deputy State Treasurer.
  • On 7 April, I attended the Collector’s Plant Fair in Richmond in Sydney. Chris Poulton FAIH and his team did a great job staffing an AIH stand. Several new members joined up and as usual, AIH Sponsored this event as we have done for many years. It is becoming a very large event and is very well attended by growers and the public.
  • Two weeks ago, in mid April, I attended the Perth Garden Festival and have provided a synopsis of our activities later in this newsletter.

We will provide more detail in the near future, however it is likely that our annual awards night and gathering will be on the Gold Coast this year in late October.

Best wishes

Wayne

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