Greenworld – Summer 2016-2017
Awards to horticulturists announced
The Australian Institute of Horticulture
presented its annual awards of excellence at a
gala dinner in Cairns on November 24.
This year’s top award, the Golden Wattle,
was presented to media personality Jane
Jane, who was in Cairns for the
presentation, announced she would be
stepping down from presenting her long-
running talkback gardening show on radio
3AW in Melbourne. Her final show goes
to air on December 10. Jane says she plans
to continue to be a presenter on
on ABC TV in 2017.
The Silver Gum award is an award that
recognises a member of the Institute or of
the wider horticulture community, whose
horticultural work has made a difference
as an educator, through the promotion of
Australian flora, through improvements to the
industry or has made improvements to how
we live by using horticulture as a tool, policy
This year’s recipient is Professor Roderick
Drew MAIH, from Griffith University in
Queensland, who was acknowledged for his
important work in tropical fruits and also
for his role as President of the International
Society for Horticultural Science and his
involvement in the organisation of the ISHS
symposia in Cairns. He is also President
of the Australian Society for Horticultural
Science, a member of the International
Society for Plant Biotechnology, a Registered
Horticulturist with the Australian Institute of
Horticulture and a Fellow of the Queensland
Academy of Arts and Science.
Horticulturist of the Year was presented to
Simon Leake from Sydney Environmental
Soil Laboratories (SESL) in Sydney for his
huge contribution to amenity horticulture
and for his work in soil science.
Other award recipients included Paul
Kirkpatrick, Estate Gardening, NSW, who
received an Award of Excellence and Jack
Hutchinson, Honeysuckle Garden Centre,
NSW, who is BBM Student of the Year. More
information can be found atwww.aih.org.au
New book on ginkgo seeks funding
Photographer Jianming (Jimmy) Shen
from Hangzhou in China has written and
illustrated an ebook about the ginkgo tree.
Ginkgo, Melody of Nature
described as a photographic journey to the
origin of ginkgo, East China, is bilingual
(Chinese and English) and explores the
folklore and wisdom associated with this
ancient native and long-lived Chinese tree
He is now seeking crowd funding to bring it
to print and is seeking US$12,000. Since the
launch on November 1, it has raised $2000.
He is offering perks of an ebook and 10 cards
for $6 to backers.
Based in China and without access to Facebook,
Twitter and YouTube, Jimmy is also hoping that
others will spread his crowd-funding appeal.
To fund the book go towww.indiegogo.com/
Organic food sector grows in Europe and US
The agricultural investment bank, Rabobank,
has reported strong growth in the organic
food sector in the northern hemisphere.
The organic food industry in Western
Europe and the US has been experiencing
a prolonged period of high single-digit to
low double-digit sales growth—and, on the
back of ongoing health, food safety, and
environmental and animal welfare concerns
by consumers—Rabobank expects this trend
“Until 2025, organic food sales in Western
Europe and the US are forecast to grow (CAGR)
by 6.7 per cent and 7.6 per cent, which is
roughly three times faster than overall food
consumption growth,” says John David Roeg,
Senior Consumer Foods Analyst at Rabobank.
“Food producers should increase their focus on
organic, through new products and brands, or
through the reformulation of existing products to
help grow their top lines. This will also help them
to position themselves as responsible businesses.”
Short-term growth in the US is somewhat
higher, but a prolonged, much higher growth
rate is unlikely, as the supply chain is currently
not sufficiently established.
“The study looks in particular at the situation
in Western Europe and the US,” said John,
who said that the study hasn’t considered what’s
happening in Asia and Australia.
“We know that organic is also growing in
Australia (and China, Japan and South Korea),
but took it out of our scope for now,” he added.
Prof. Rod Drew.