Australian Garden Council endorsed as second members of AIPH for Australia

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28.09.2017

The Australian Garden Council (AGC) was endorsed as the second members of the AIPH for Australia, by the 27 member nations of the AIPH at their 69th Annual Congress in Taichung, Taiwan at the end of September 2017.

This is an important move in Australis’s strategy to drive the Expo agenda within the horticultural sector, both nationally and internationally.

The AGC was the brainchild of Graham Ross who has been educating and inspiring Australia’s gardening community and the horticultural industry during a career spanning more than 50 years.

Graham is Australia’s most acclaimed horticulturist being presented with the world’s most prestigious Gold Veitch Memorial Medal in London by HRH Princess Alexandra on behalf of The Royal Horticultural Society, only the fourth Australian to receive the Gold VMM since it was created by Queen Victoria in 1870. He is also the only Australian to be made a Life Fellow of the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Guild, London.

The Australian Institute of Horticulture presented Graham with their premier citation, The Golden Wattle Award in 2014. The Horticulture Media Association awarded him their Radio Laurel, Gold Laurel and Hall of Fame. He has won 12 Logies for Better Homes & Gardens TV where he has appeared since 1995, presenting his 950th episode in its 22nd year.

In 2015, Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, launched the Australian Garden Council, foundered and chaired by Graham and giving ornamental horticulture a voice in Canberra. This unique non-for-profit charity has garden education, garden tourism and community gardening as its three pillars.

Core to promoting garden tourism is coordinating the effort to attract some of the estimated 300 million garden tourists travelling the world every year, visiting garden projects and events to Australia. The opportunity to hold a 6-month international expo event is seen as the single biggest catalyst to putting Australia on the world garden tourism map. 

The opportunity to hold a 6-month international expo event is seen as the single biggest catalyst to putting Australia on the world garden tourism map. 

Graham extensive experience in the garden tourism sector, his involvement in past expos internationally and direct involvement in previous bids to secure this event for Australia, over the past 20 years, brings unparalleled credibility and global network to the Australis initiative.