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Professor Tim Entwisle                                                                                                                    Director and Chief Executive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria                                                                                                          
Is a scientist, scientific communicator and botanic gardens director. He took up the role of Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens in March 2013, following two years in a senior role at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London, and eight years as Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney. Tim is also an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Botany at The University of Melbourne. He writes for a variety of science, nature and garden magazines and maintains an active social media profile (including his popular ‘Talkingplants’ blog). He is a regular contributor to ABC Radio National, hosting the show Talking Plants over summer. Honorary Professorial Fellow (University of Melbourne)

John Mason Dip. Hort. (Burnley), FAIH (Aus), FIH (UK), FPLA,                                           Principal ACS Distance Education
John Mason graduated with a diploma from Burnley Horticultural College in 1971. Worked variously as gardener, landscaper, nurseryman, horticultural consultant, community playground designer, lecturer; and municipal parks superintendent. Editor/principal writer for 4 national garden magazines; author of around 150 books. Organised garden pavilion for Royal Agricultural Show in Melbourne (5 years); Principal ACS Distance Education: 36 years – developed 600+ courses (200 horticulture –also agriculture, business, environment, tourism, health). E book publisher.

Trevor Nottle Dip. T., Dip. T. o D., Bach. Spec. Ed.,                                                                         Master of Landscape Architecture, PhD candidate.
I am a garden historian and heritage consultant with commissions and project experience in Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, California, Greece and Italy. I operate a solo consultancy for private garden owners. I am also an internationally distributed author of gardening books related to the above areas of expertise and have been contracted by publishing houses in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. To date I have had more than 17 titles published many of which were market leaders for readers and the horticultural industry across a range of fields. Most recently I have led the field with three titles covering climate variability and climate compatible practices for home gardeners and landscape designers.
From 1980 to 1990 I was the Education Manager (= Principal) of the School for Environment, Conservation & Horticulture for TAFE SA during which time I developed extensive industry and inter-governmental networks and working relationships, in particular those concerning educational training packages, national standards, programme auditing and evaluation, and the implementation of new national training packages for the emerging water industry, conservation and land management, pest and weed control, and new Diploma courses in garden design that were sold to international students. This qualification was articulated with the Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Adelaide. My final initiative while at TAFE SA was as a Senior Project Manager tasked with developing new higher level skills qualifications for horticulture that would specialised skills areas at post- Diploma levels that would meet the needs of industry and institutions such as botanic gardens. Also during my appointment I served on a committee led by Prof. Ian Blandy to develop a new commercial and domestic water-use policy and implementation strategy for the SA government. The outcome of the task force was the Water Industry Alliance, now headed up by Prof. Mike Young, Environment Institute, University of Adelaide.

David Glenn                                                                                                                                           Owner Manager Lambley Nursery
David Glenn comes from a family of gardeners and nurserymen in the East Midlands of England. He worked on his uncle’s nursery as a boy. He arrived in Australia 51 years ago and except for a brief period has worked as a gardener and nurseryman ever since. He started his own wholesale nursery 35 years ago and 30 years ago started Lambley Nursery which is one of Australia’s leading dry climate plant specialists.
Glenn’s garden in central Victoria is widely recognised both in Australia and overseas as being one of the finest examples of dry climate gardening anywhere in the world. The recently published Phaidon book, The Gardeners Garden, featured the Lambley garden amongst 250 of the ”world’s outstanding gardens”.
The Lambley nursery and gardens are visited by many overseas travellers from New Zealand, Britain, the USA, southern Europe, Germany and Japan.
For many years Glenn worked as a design consultant to the Melbourne City Council, Flemington Racecourse, several municipal botanic gardens as well as private gardens. He regularly lectures to garden clubs, horticultural institutions such as Burnley Horticultural College and botanic gardens.
He also has a highly regarded regular garden show on ABC Radio Western Victoria. He has also made four DVDs, totalling six hours in all, on dry climate gardening. These DVDs have been enormously popular with both amateur and professional gardeners in Australia and overseas.
Lambley Nursery employs 10 nursery staff plus two full time gardeners. The business has trained many apprentices over the years. Many of these apprentices have gone on to important gardening or nursery posts both in Australia and overseas.

Jim Mitchell   Dip. Hort. Kew; Grad Dip LD UNSW,
1961 - 62 Lancashire College of Agriculture, (now University of Central Lancashire) UK- RHS National Certificate of Horticulture                                                                                                                        1963 - 66 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK – Kew Diploma of Horticulture                                           1974 -76 University of New South Wales, - Graduate Diploma in Landscape Design
Professional Bodies
Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture – Corporate Member – (retired)                                        Royal Australian Institute of Parks & Recreation – Fellow – (retired)
Relevant Experience
First started working part time whilst a school boy for the International President of Interflora both at his floristry premises and in the nursery.
Emigrated in 1967 and took up a position as Landscape Planner with the Electricity Commission of NSW before setting up a Landscape Consultancy in 1974 which merged with the international firm of Brian Clouston to form Mitchell+ Clouston Landscape Architects and completed major urban design briefs in NSW and the ACT.
In 1988 joined Wollongong City Council has City Landscape Architect, then Manager Environmental Enhancement, then Director for the Port Kembla Bid for the proposed International Garden Festival.
In 1995 joined Manly Council as Manager Parks & Reserves and promoted to Group Manager Infrastructure & Assets
In 1998 moved to the Northern Territory and took up the role of Manager Parks & Reserves as well as Superintendent of Cemeteries with Darwin City Council
Relevant Community Service
Appointed Trustee of Elouera Bushland Reserve (now Berowra Valley National Park) by the minister for Lands in 1978 for a period of 8 years
Greening Australia Northern Territory committee 1998 to 2008 and chair for three years.
Director of Greening Australia national board 2005 – 2008
President of Darwin Rural Garden Club for three years
Project Director of Darwin’s Floral Festival – ‘The Tropical Garden Spectacular’
President of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew Guild in 2012 – 13 and presently overseas representative and trustee of the Kew Guild
Relevant Interests
•    Played a major role in bringing the Australia’s Open Garden Scheme to the Northern Territory working on its establishment with Neil Robinson to become the most popularly visited State or Territory organisation for a period and opened his private garden to the public as part of the scheme attracting over 1000 entries one weekend.
•    Attended many National and International Garden Festival sites including England, Scotland, Wales, Japan, Holland and Korea as well as China with Ross Garden Tours.
•    Visited many major gardens around the world in sixteen countries including Chelsea Flower Show on numerous occasions,
•    A judge of displays at Canberra’s Floriade for one year

Mick Conway                                                                                                                                       Owner Manager Conway Landscaping and Design
Mick Conway bought a second hand trailer and ute the month he left school and started his business Conway Landscaping and Design as he started his TAFE course in Landscape Construction.
Building gardens was what he always wanted to do. He drilled every landscaper, horticulturalist, stone mason, nursery man, and designer he met with a barrage of questions, absorbing as much knowledge as he could and doing his apprenticeship as he went. Out on his own he built high-end gardens in Melbourne for twelve years.
International Show Garden Experience                                                                                                            MIFGS & RHS Chelsea                                                                                                                                                  Mick constructed gold, silver and bronze medal winning gardens each year for the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show. An opportunity to meet talented people in his industry and a sure way to learn how to build an immaculate garden on a deadline. After building a gold winning garden for Jason Hodges at the MIFGS, Jason asked Mick to join his team to build his show garden at the 2012 Chelsea Garden Show in London, a Silver Guilt winning effort.
Wes Fleming invited him back the following year 2013 to build Landscape Designer Phil Johnston's Chelsea Show Garden which won Gold and Best in Show. The next year 2014 there was no Australian garden but a UK landscaper invited Mick to hand pick an Australian team to build Alan Titchmarsh's show garden. The garden was not judged but the Aussie boys again won hearts in London in the Industry. In 2015, Charlie Albone asked Mick to be assemble his Conway Landscaping and Design team to build an Australian garden at Chelsea. Winning Silver Guilt, the process was filmed for the Lifestyle Chanel. Mick has appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
Mick’s gardens have been published in many magazines and a handful of books by Jamie Durie. He has built for Landscape Designers who are known nationally and internationally, in styles from traditional Japanese to Formal English, Contemporary Australian to naturalistic native.  
Since 2012 Mick and his team at Conway Landscaping have built gardens in the Southern Highlands of NSW, constructing for renowned garden designers such as Paul Bangay and Myles Baldwin.

John Robb B.Hort. Sc (Hons)
Scholarships                                                                                                                       1992 BBM Scholarship funding provided to visit the UK and Europe for     research into Prunus germplasm.                                                                                                                                               1992 Elders Limited Scholarship funding provided to assist with tertiary     education.                            2006 The Horticultural Congress Trust Award, funding provided to assist with attendance at the ISHS                International Horticultural Congress in Seoul.    
Publications                                                                                                                          Australia: More than 80 PBR (patent equivalent) applications written/co-written.                            USA:        More than 25 Patent applications written/co-written/awarded.                                                   EU:        More than 15 CPVO (patent equivalent) applications written/co-written.                                        New Zealand    More than 15 PVR (patent equivalent) applications written/co-written.           
John comes from a farming background in northern NSW, including dairy & mixed cropping. Studied at the University of Western Sydney – Hawkesbury. Worked in the Nursery industry for the past 23 years, particularly in the wholesale production sector. Primary focus has been on the breeding, development and introduction of garden plants suitable for Australian gardens. Experience in tertiary education sector (teaching at both TAFE & University levels over the years). Experience in import & export of plant material and associated biosecurity measures. Experience with garden tourism by close association with Paradise Gardens – one of Australia’s leading private gardens, owned by Mr Bob Cherry. Have travelled extensively around the world looking at horticulture.
Currently partner & director of two companies:                                                                                              1. The Paradise Seed Company Pty Limited: development of new plant varieties for the domestic & export markets.                                                                                                                                                          2.  Australian Green Tea Pty Limited: breeding & development of new tea varieties for an emerging Australian green tea industry.

Lawrence Smith AM
Landscape Architect
Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture QIT                                                                   Bachelor of Architecture UoQ
Lawrie established Landplan Studio in Brisbane 1974. Since then his company has grown to become one of Australia’s leading Landscape Architectural consultancies with a wide range of significant experience and expertise. Retired since 2004 when the staff and most projects were merged with another landscape company. Lawrie has since concentrated on providing consultancy roles in specialised areas of his personal expertise – specifically Botanic Gardens.
His two strong career beliefs are:                                                                                                                           1. The unique quality and value of the Australian environment                                                                   2. The provision of quality open space facilities for the community
Project experience
World Expo 88 the Australian Gardens at Liverpool International Garden Festival 1984,  International Garden and Greenery Exposition Osaka 1990, Regional Botanic Gardens in Gladstone, Bundaberg, Mt.Isa, Longreach, Gold Coast, Barcaldine, Townsville, Maroochy, Tweed, Dubbo, Cairns, Mackay and Whitsunday.
Since 1974 Lawrie has been instrumental in promoting the staging of an International Garden Festival in Australia and was an integral part of the 1996 IGF proposals, initially in Brisbane then Melbourne. He was also involved in the Sydney (2000) and Brisbane (2000).
Lawrie was responsible for the planning and design of the Roma Street Parklands and gardens, located on 16 ha of disused railway land and parkland in central Brisbane.
Personal Awards                                                                                                                               Australian Plants Award 2001,                                                                                                         Centenary Medal 2003,                                                                                                                             AM Member of the Order of Australia 2004
Honorary Positions
National President  - Australian Native Plants Society ANPSA 2013 –                                        Queensland Secretary – Botanical Gardens Australia & New Zealand 2008 -
Lawrie Smith AM                                                                                                                            Landscape Architect                                                                                                                     Address: 5 Sarow Drive Warner Q 4500                                                                                                    M +61 411 228900                                                                                                                                      E: lawries@landplanstudio.com.au

Colin Barlow B.Ed., ADTrg&Dvt, A.Dip App.Sci (Hort)                                               Horticulturist / Landscape Designer / Media Horticulturist
Bachelor of Arts-Education (VET)  B.Ed.(VET) Curtin                                                                   Associate Degree in Training and Development  Assoc Deg(Trng&Dev) Curtin                             Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Horticulture) AssocDipAppSci(Hort)                                    Phase Three Certificate in Agriculture and Horticulture Cert III(Ag&Hort)                                            The Royal Horticultural Society General Examination  Cert(RHS)                                                            City and Guilds of London Institute Certificate Cert(CGI)
Employment Experiences                                                                                                                     Colin Barlow is a horticulturist, landscape designer, tour guide, teacher and garden writer.   
Colin originally trained as an apprentice horticulturist in England where he gained a Bronze Medal for the second highest mark in the country for his City & Guilds certificate.  After completing his studies in Horticulture in the UK he became a Parks Supervisor before immigrating to Australia and working as a Parks Technical Officer and 2IC to the Manager of Parks. Colin furthered his studies in Australia by completing an Associate Diploma in Horticulture and a teaching degree.  He worked as Landscape Coordinator and lecturer at Challenger Institute of Technology for over 17 years.  
Colin is the Managing Director of his own landscape design and construction company, Gardens from Eden.  Colin hosts a weekly television gardening segment on ‘Home in WA’ with Channel 7 Perth, is the gardening writer for the Have A Go News and the local gardening expert on 98.5 Sonshine FM radio.  Colin has experience in leading gardening tours through Europe and Western Australia for Ross Garden Tours.
Colin is a member of the following horticultural organisations AILDM, MAIH, RHS, HMAA, LIAWA and the AGHS

Penny Fowler    B.Bus (Mktg)                                                                                                                                Chairman of the Herald & Weekly Times
Qualifications                                                                                                                                    Penny was educated in Melbourne and received a Bachelor of Business Degree (Marketing) from Chisholm Institute of Technology (Monash University) in 1984.
In 2011 Penny completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course – member and graduate (GAICD).

Employment / Community Involvement
Penny also acts as News Corp’s Community Ambassador. Her involvement in building on the company’s legacy of supporting the communities within which we live and work is an area she is passionate about.
Penny also serves as Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Board, which has recently been incorporated and has been in existence for 84 years.

Penny’s Appointments Include serving as:
Director of the Australian Ballet
Board Member of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria  
Member of Monash Industry Council of Advisers
Ambassador for Second Bite, an organisation that distributes food to the homeless.

Robert Reynolds                                                                                                                              Managing Director
Employment Experience;
•    Landscape Design, Install and Maintenance Garden Home business Auckland NZ.
•    Market Gardening, Keri Keri NZ.
•    Agronomist for Fruit and Orchard Industry NZ Fruitgrowers Federation
•    Export Officer for Kiwifruit and Sub Tropical FruitFed Export
•    Sales Technical Manager for NZ largest Potting Mix Business, Smiths Horticulture
•    GM, Hortex Australia
•    Sales Manager Yates Australia Pty Ltd
•    GM WSN(NSW Govt) Organics
•    GM Cazna Australia
Robert is a Kiwi who has worked and lived in Australia for 21 years.
Robert is a member of IPPS 29 years, Member of AGCSA, SBA, NGIA, NGINA, NGINZ

Anthony Vander Staay                                                                                                                 Managing Director                        
2nd generation nurseryman, Managing Director of Westland nurseries, a business started in Tasmania in 1956. Assumed ownership in 1973. Completed business development courses, and have been an active member of the Nursery and Garden industry since 1972.
Tony was past president of Tasmanian Nurseryman's Association, past director of NGIA, the national nursery body.
Current Board member of IPPS (International Plant Propagators Society),  
Tony Vander Staay                                                                                                                                      E: tvanders@westlandnurseries.com.au                                                                                           A:Westland Nurseries 118 Surf Road, Seven Mile Beach TAS 7170

Kent Ross                                                                                                                                        Managing Director
Kent is a business management and marketing specialist. His skill set includes accounting and finance, human resources, advertising, marketing, travel operations and media buying.                     Kent established a division of Ross Garden Tours in London 2006-2014.                                           Kent is a professional football (soccer) referee.                                                                                      He also has extensive computer skills especially related to publishing.                                                     He is the publisher of the Garden Clinic Journal Magazine                                                                                   Kent has travelled the world extensively all his life throughout Europe, North America, China and Australia

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