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Melbourne Gardens horticulturist named Apprentice of the Year

Congratulations to fourth-year apprentice Ebony Seeley, a member of the Horticulture team at Melbourne Gardens, who was last week awarded Chisholm Institute’s Best Apprentice in Parks and Gardens for 2012.

Ebony has been a member of the team for all four years of her apprenticeship.

“It’s been one of the best places to learn,” explains Ebony.

“Both of the Coordinators have been really supportive and I’ve got to work all over the gardens and really build my horticultural knowledge.”

During her time at Melbourne Gardens, Ebony has worked on a number of plant collections but names the Australian Bed, with its wide range of Australian native plants, as her favourite place.

According to the Gardens’ Director and Chief Executive, Prof. Tim Entwisle, this award is not only great news for Ebony, but wonderful recognition for the Horticultural team.

“Our staff are among the best in the world and they are also extraordinarily generous in sharing their time and expertise,” he said.

“Ebony’s award just goes to show what a fantastic learning environment we’re cultivating at the Gardens.”

Like Ebony, Tim’s career in botanic gardens began at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. 

“My passion for botanic gardens definitely started during summer work at the Gardens, while I was in between my Honours year and PhD, and my year at the Royal Botanic Gardens confirmed for me that I wanted to become a scientist and that if things went well, I would love to work eventually in a botanic garden.”

“Hopefully, Ebony’s experience here at the Gardens has cemented her interest in horticulture, as it did for me.”