AIPH Meeting, Melbourne

AIPH invites Global Ornamental Horticulture Industry to Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia is the venue for the next meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).

Hosted in association with Nursery Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) from 20-23 March 2018 the week will include:

  • International Horticultural Expo Conference – Delegates can hear updates on developments and progress with upcoming AIPH-approved International Horticultural Exhibitions in Taichung 2018 (Chinese Taipei), Beijing 2019 (China), Yangzhou 2021 (China), Hatay 2021 (Turkey), Almere 2022 (Netherlands) as well as others in development and applications for expos in the future.
  • Understanding the global industry for ornamentals – AIPH will announce preliminary results from the AIPH International Vision Project which will identify the key trends for the future in terms of production and markets and how the industry can respond.
  • Plant Health – Delegates will hear from countries that have introduced industry-led plant health certification, including Australia and the UK as AIPH looks to address shared plant health concerns in the future.
  • International Green City Conference – In association with Principle R&D Partner, Hort Innovation, the conference will include high-level Green City speakers from Australia and around the world. The conference aims to demonstrate how Green Cities are cities where people want to live, how it helps them and how ‘living green’ is used to achieve this.
  • Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) – Delegates will get a guided tour of this very special event including show gardens and flower competitions.
  • Professional tours – Delegates will visit the exciting new production facility of Ball Australia as well as award-winning Mansfields Propagation Nursery and Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Commenting on the event AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe said “We are delighted to be holding our next meeting in Australia where we know that delegates will learn a lot from their exciting initiatives in promoting Green City and nursery development.  The programme is full of insight and information that will benefit all those involved in the ornamental horticulture industry worldwide.”

Peter Vaughan, the CEO of Nursery and Garden Industry Australia said “we are delighted to be hosting the “Spring” AIPH meeting in Autumn/Fall in Melbourne.  This is the first time an AIPH meeting has been held in Australia and will provide an excellent opportunity for the exchange of ideas and to obtain updates on key issues in global ornamental horticulture.”

For more information email events@aiph.org

Tuesday 20 March:

12:30    Lunch

13:30    AIPH International Horticultural Expos Conference

To include progress reports from International Horticultural Exhibitions approved (full and provisional) by AIPH, including:

  • Taichung 2018, Chinese Taipei (A2/B1)
  • Beijing 2019, China (A1)
  • Sydney 2020, Australia (B)
  • Hatay 2021, Turkey (B)
  • Yangzhou 2021, China (B)
  • Qatar 2021/22 (A1)
  • Almere 2022, Netherlands (A1)
  • Greentech 2018, Netherlands (D)
  • Flormart 2018, Italy (D)

Applications for future exhibitions:

  • Łódź 2014, Poland (A1) – application
  • Floralies Internationales Nantes, France (C) – application

17:30    Close

 

Wednesday 21 March:

AIPH Meeting

08:30    Welcome from AIPH President, Bernard Oosterom

08:40    Welcome from NGIA and introduction to ornamental horticulture in Australia

09:00    ‘A Growing Industry?’

Launch of the Final Report from the AIPH International Vision Project – Following three years of research Project Manager, Joep Hendricks will introduce the conclusions of the project and AIPH plans for the future of this work

09:30    AIPH members to split into groups for discussion on key questions:

10:15    Break

10:45    Groups report to plenary and discussion

11:30    Green City – Member reports

AIPH members will be invited to present/share information regarding Green City developments in their country/region and details of industry initiatives

12:30    Lunch

Plant Health

13:30    Introduction

Implementing an industry-led plant health certification in Australia – John McDonald, NGIA

Developing a plant health management system on UK nurseries – Tim Edwards, UK

Developing international plant health certification – Tim Briercliffe, AIPH

Discussion

15:00    Break

15:30    AIPH General Meeting (AIPH Members only)

Including reports from the Committees including Green City, Ornamentals Production and Exhibitions as well as other AIPH activity and initiatives.

17:15    Close

 

Thursday 22 March:

AM: Guided tour of Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) http://melbflowershow.com.au/

12:00    Lunch at MIFGS

13:00    AIPH International Green City Conference – Towards a Healthy and Sustainable City

This conference will feature expert international and Australian speakers on city greening.  This conference is run with the support of NGIA, MIFGS and Principle R&D Partner, Hort Innovation.

Find the full conference programme here.

17:30    Close

 

Friday 23 March:

With the support of NGIA, delegates can join professional visits to:

Ball Australia (http://www.ballaustralia.com/)

Mansfields Propagation Nursery (http://www.mansfields.net.au/)

Melbourne Botanic Gardens (https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/)

 

Saturday 24 March:

Delegates depart

City decision makers, planners, landscape architects and the horticulture industry are invited to attend the next International Green City Conference of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).  Leading experts in health and sustainability have been secured to speak at the conference which will take place at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) in Melbourne, Australia on 22 March 2018 in association with Nursery Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) and Principle R&D Partner, Hort Innovation.

Please find the Melbourne Green City Brochure here.

Read more here.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is the beating, green heart of the city of Melbourne. Attracting around 1.8 million visitors per year, these gardens are a treasured part of Melbourne life with 38 hectares of landscaped gardens, all blooming and abundant with native and exotic vegetation.

Founded in 1846, when land was reserved on the south side of the Yarra River for a new botanic garden, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has become one of the world’s leading botanic gardens and a centre of excellence for horticulture, science and education. The organisation is dedicated to the conservation, display and enjoyment of plants.

Sloping down to the river and populated  by trees, garden beds, lakes and lawns, The Royal Botanic Gardens are host to almost 50,000 individual plants, representing 8,500 different species, which are displayed in 30 living plant collections, including camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China.

With stunning views, tranquil lakes and beautiful walks and pathways, the gardens are a natural sanctuary and home to indigenous wildlife, such as bellbird, black swan, eel and cockatoo, to name just a few.

The vision of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is that of a flourishing community, and a healthy planet, sustained and enriched by plants. Through iconic landscapes, horticultural excellence and scientific eminence, the organisation’s aim is to make an enduring contribution to this vision.

You will have the opportunity to see this vision being realised during your visit on Friday, 23rd March. For further information about this unique and inspiring place, please refer to the following link: https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

Ball Horticultural Australia

Inaugurated in 2001, Ball Horticultural Company Australia is part of a global family of breeders and researchers who provide the Australian horticultural industry with the most commercially viable and innovative plants from around the world. The company offers a daily national distribution of quality seeds and vegetative lines for flowers, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and tissue culture.

As recently as December 2017, Ball Australia’s impressive 44-acre wholesale nursery was inaugurated in Skye, Victoria, which is located around 40 kilometres from the city of Melbourne. The facility has environmentally-controlled glasshouses, an automated production facility and state-of-the-art dispatch systems, all of which contribute to its ability to grow superb, quality plants to supply growers with plugs, year-round.  To mark this historic expansion and development, Anna Ball, CEO of Ball Horticultural Co. Chicago USA planted a ceremonial Ginko Biloba tree to reflect ‘longevity’. This was for several reasons, in particular as a business commitment to the Australian Horticultural industry and also as a thank you to the staff at Ball Australia, who have supported the business over many years. The new production nursery boasts an impressive 32,000 square metres of growing capacity on 18 hectares of land.

The nursery and offices were constructed by Builtwise, designed by John Trakios Architects with Powerplants Australia as project managers. Ball Australia now has the ability to produce more than 90 million plugs annually, due to features such as the double skin plastic roofing, hot water heating pipes, smart phone or local control boom watering, three germination chambers and 2 mega-litres of water storage collected from the roofs.  In addition, the Priva climate control system that manages shade, heating, venting and fertigation, provide all the ingredients to enable Ball Australia to supply the Australian market with quality flower and vegetable young plants.

The company’s mission is to be a world leader in the research, breeding, production and marketing of ornamental crops. It has introduced many innovative varieties to the Australian market, including Simply Beautiful, Nature’s Décor, Sunpatiens, Osteospermum, Blue Eyed Beauty, SuperCal Petunias and Trixi.

Ball Australia call the actions by which they are guided, the Ball Pillars of Growth. They aim to:

  • Colour the world
  • Create excitement in the world of flowers
  • Always be the first choice for service
  • Continually improve their cost position
  • Grow a green future

 

For further information about Ball Australia, please visit the following website:

http://www.ballaustralia.com/

You will have the opportunity to Ball Australia’s exciting and brand new facility as part of the programme on Friday, 23rd March.

Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery

Established in 1951, Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery is a third-generation family-run business, which, until 1999, was operating over three locations in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. The decision was then taken to combine all three sites into one, and the company purchased 60 acres of land on the Mornington Peninsula, upon which today’s state-of-the-art propagation facility was created.

The company supplies the commercial nursery and landscapes industry Australia-wide, with the highest quality propagation tube stock and young plants. Each year, it grows a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials of both native and exotic lines, producing 2.5 million plants per annum. Mansfield’s works closely with breeders, collectors and plant marketing companies, both locally and internationally, to bring innovative and exciting varieties to the Australian market, as well as supplying large volumes of traditional lines.

Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery is a multi-award-winning supplier of quality propagation tube stock, with accolades such as the Silver Rose for the International Grower of the Year, Best Large Production Nursery, Best Propagation Nursery, Best Environmental Business and Best Training Organisation. They have recently been entered into the National Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia’s Hall of Fame.

For further information on Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery, please visit: http://www.mansfields.net.au/

Again, you will have the opportunity to visit the nursery as part of the programme on Friday, 23rd March.

Principle R&D Partner

Worldspan Plc are available to assist with your hotel requirements for the AIPH Meeting 2018. The reservation service is simple and efficient, with a direct online hotel booking facility via the AIPH Meeting 2018 Registration Website.

We have secured an allocation of rooms at the AIPH Meeting 2018 conference venue, The Hotel Windsor; further rooms are available at the nearby ibis Budget Melbourne CBD.

We encourage early reservations, as our hotel allocations are available to all AIPH delegates on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Hotel Windsor (meeting venue)

This historic 5* hotel, located in Melbourne City Centre (‘CBD’) which is an ideal base to explore the city; combines classic style with modern facilities and is the venue for the AIPH Meeting 2018. The hotel features 180 rooms and suites, One Eleven Spring St restaurant serving breakfast and afternoon tea; The Cricketer’s Bar open daily serving lunch, dinner and drinks; fitness centre and complimentary WiFi.

AUD$324.00 per single occupancy room per night, rates are inclusive of breakfast and taxes.

ibis Budget Melbourne CBD


ibis Budget Melbourne CBD is a 3* budget-friendly option that is within a 15 minute walk from The Hotel Windsor and well located to enjoy the city. The hotel features 146 bedrooms, breakfast restaurant and complimentary WiFi.

Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March 2018
AUD $138.00  per single occupancy room per night

Thursday 22nd March 2018
AUD $168.00 per single occupancy room per night

Friday 23rd March 2018
AUD $268.00 per single occupancy room per night

Rates are inclusive of breakfast and taxes.

The 23rd MIFGS

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show was first held in 1995 and is now in its 23rd year.

Located in the exquisite heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens over five days in March (Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th), the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most beloved horticultural event will feature the best landscape and floral talents from Australia and around the world, alongside an extensive array of garden retail products. The Show is a celebration of lifestyle and the great outdoors, and the smell of freshly cut grass and bursting blooms will once again scent the Melbourne air!

With a major focus on emerging lifestyle trends, this year’s MIFGS is set to inspire the crowds with breathtaking floral displays; spectacular and immersive Show Garden installations; vibrant floral designs and avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants and tools, to trinkets and garden accessories. This prestigious Show has become a ‘must-see’ event on Australia’s social calendar!

Hosting over 100,000 Show visitors over the five days, MIFGS is once again set to amaze, delight and inspire enthusiasts this year, with its unique balance between living art and the Australian lifestyle, as the nation’s leading landscape and floral designers demonstrate their skills and imagination through a myriad of innovative and creative designs.

You will have the opportunity to visit the show on Thursday, 22nd March – your entrance fee to the show is included in the delegate ticket price. For more information about MIFGS, please follow this link: http://melbflowershow.com.au/

  • Individual Delegate ticket – full programme – AU$ 1,085.00 / €707.42
    • Access to the conference and all social events. Ticket price includes group dinners on the evenings of 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March; entrance to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and to the AIPH International Green City Conference on Thursday 22nd March; professional nursery visits and entrance to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens on Friday 23rd March.
  • Board Member Ticket – full programme (Monday to Friday) AU$ 1,085.00 / €707.42
    • Access to the board meetings on the afternoon of Monday, 19th March, and the morning of Tuesday, 20th March, AIPH main conference sessions and all social events. Ticket price includes a board dinner on the evening of the 19th March, group dinners on the evenings of 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March; entrance to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and to the AIPH International Green City Conference on Thursday 22nd March; professional nursery visits and entrance to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens on Friday 23rd March.
  • Social Programme Ticket AU$ – AU$525.00 / €342.30
    • Access to all social events, but not the conference meetings at the hotel. This includes group dinners on the evenings of 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March; entrance to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and to the AIPH International Green City Conference on Thursday 22nd March; professional nursery visits and entrance to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens on Friday 23rd March.
  • Dinners Only Programme Ticket – AU$470 /€306.44
    • This ticket is only for the social events in the evenings. These are group dinners on 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March.
  • EXPO Programme Only Ticket (Tuesday afternoon) AU$ 250.00 / €163.00
    • This ticket is for entry to the Progress Reports Meeting from the International Horticultural Exhibitions approved by AIPH, on Tuesday 20th March in the afternoon. Reports include Taichung 2018 (Chinese Taipei), Beijing 2019 (China), Sydney 2020 (Australia), Hatay 2021 (Turkey), Yangzhou 2021 (China), Qatar 2021/22, Almere 2022 (Netherlands), as well as applications for future exhibitions.
  • AIPH Meeting Ticket (Wednesday) AU$350.00 / €228.20
    • This ticket is for Wednesday 21st March. The day will include the launch of the Final Report of the AIPHInternational Vision Project and breakout sessions for members to discuss the challenges facing the industry, what members are doing to address these and how members can work together to further grow the industry. This will be followed by an opportunity for members to share Green Citydevelopments in their countries. The afternoon will include a session on developing and implementing industry-led Plant Health certification and initiatives, as well as an update on AIPH work in this area. The General Meeting will include reports from the Committees including Green City, Ornamentals Production and Exhibitions as well as other AIPH activity and initiatives.
  • Green City Conference Only Ticket (Thursday afternoon – €175.00 / €114.10
    • This ticket is for the AIPH International Green City Conference on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd March. This conference will feature expert international and Australian speakers on city greening. This conference is run with the support of NGIA and Horticulture Innovation Australia. This ticket includes afternoon tea.