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Presenter: Ali Smith, Acting – Horticulture Project Officer
Ali Smith has worked in the Horticultural Displays team in the Western Australian Botanic Garden, Kings Park, since 2010.
She has recently taken on the acting role of Horticulture Project Officer.
In 2017 Ali travelled to the UK to assist Grady Brand (then Senior Curator of the WA Botanic Garden) with the planning and installation of the permanent display of Western Australian Flora in the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project.
Ali will give an overview of the preparation for this project, species selection, interpretation themes, challenges & successes for the ongoing curation of the display.
The new Ian Potter National Conservatory is currently under construction at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
The Conservatory will be a national showcase for tropical Australian native flora from the far north and islands, including rare and threatened species.
It will become a major destination in Canberra and interpret the rich story of Australia’s tropical flora.
Presenter: Joe McAuliffe, Nursery Manager – Australian National Botanic Gardens
Joe has worked as a horticulturist and horticultural manager at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) for over 30 years.
During this time Joe has worked across various areas within Parks Australia including Booderee Botanic Gardens, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, and Christmas Island Nation Parks.
As a field collector he has travelled much of Australia collecting plant specimens for the ANBG and the Australian National Herbarium.
Joe has extensive horticultural experience in growing Australian plants and has been an important cog in the ANBG’s conservation programs.
Joe now leads the nursery team at the ANBG, currently focussing on managing horticultural operations of the ANBG’s tropical collections and the new Ian Potter National Conservatory expected to be completed sometime 2024.
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