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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

A Glimpse of Horticulture in Australia

Ken Tilt

pp: 288-291


G'Day Mate! No Worries! These two phrases capture the spirit of our host country's people as Fred Garret and I toured the nursery and horticulture industries across Australia as Southern Region of North America representatives. The conference and meetings were part of the International Plant Propagators annual board meeting, tours, and educational seminars held in Coffs Harbour in Australia during the last 2 weeks in May 2003. Their horticulture industry had many similarities to our own but a number of distinctions evolved as we sampled gardens, nurseries, and landscape projects. There was an obvious pride and dedication to conservation of Australia's natural resources incorporated into their businesses. Although we were in subtropical regions ranging from arid deserts to rain forest climates, there were many plants and nursery practices that stimulated ideas to use and share. Unfortunately, they also share many of our concerns and problems with government regulations, labor,

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