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Australian Plants Award

Congratulations to Cranbourne Gardens Horticulture Manager, John Arnott who has been named one of the 2015 recipients of the biennial Australian Plants Award.

The Australian Plants Award medallion and citation was presented to John at the Society’s annual conference in Canberra last Wednesday night. It recognises the contribution of an individual made in ‘the course of a notable professional career in a natural science field’.

The citation acknowledged John’s ‘outstanding contribution to the knowledge of Australian plants through his professional career particularly in horticultural aspects of zoos and botanic gardens’.

John joined Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria as Horticulture Manager at Cranbourne Gardens in 2008. He commenced his horticulture career at Melbourne Zoo in 1980 and worked there for 20 years before moving to Geelong Botanic Gardens for six years as Director in 2000.

John’s work in horticulture has been underpinned by his belief that ‘Australian native flora is not an alternative, it is something to garden with [and] to be inspired by’.

The biennial award by the Australian Native Plants Society recognises individuals in professional and amateur categories for their outstanding contribution to the knowledge of Australian plants and was established in 1983.

Previous award winners have included Rodger Elliot (in 1995) and Gwen Elliot (in 2011), both of whom have had a long association with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. John’s fellow recipient, recognised in the amateur category, was Mr Peter Olde of New South Wales.