Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 1 December 2015
On the 25th of November, Australia settled new roots in Canberra with the launch of the first nationally recognised body for gardening "the Australian Garden Council." The council is designed to reinstate gardening onto the national agenda by incorporating and promoting gardening, gardening tourism and gardening education. The council was founded by Graham Ross, Australia's most respected and recognised gardener.
During the inaugural meeting of the Council where the Prime Minister was present, Graham discussed how the Australian Garden Council will further domestic gardening, focus on professional horticultural recognition, improve secondary and tertiary gardening educational opportunities and attract inbound tourists through international garden tourism events. The Australian Garden Council therefore aims to assist but is not limited to "[c]omprehensive training standards, remuneration and integrated career planning" Graham added.
Garden tourism was shown in a recent global report to attract over 300 million garden tourists which receives little recognition. Australia has an extensive plant community, gardening history and horticultural expertise, and from when the First Fleet arrived in 1788 has included the cultivation of native and exotic ornamental plants for beautification and vegetable gardens. Furthermore Graham identified that Australia has exhibited gardens since 1879 and our national botanic gardens, nurseries and landscapers are of an international standard.
"For too long gardeners and horticulturists, the essence of a multibillion dollar domestic industry, have been ignored, taken for granted and undervalued in Australian business, government, educational and community circles", Graham told ministers gathered in Parliament House.
There is considerable potential that is under utilised that could generate employment, income, national health benefits and improvement to the urban environment. Horticultural education has dropped to its lowest apprentice numbers in history while ironically the demand for skilled gardeners and suitably qualified landscapers and nursery staff has never been higher. In fact, it is estimated as Australia's second most popular hobby with over 6 million devotees spending billions of dollars annually on their hobby!
For more information please visit the The Australian Garden Council at www.gardencouncil.org or visit LNA's website to secure a professional.