RNZIH members were cordially
invited by the NZ
Arboricultural Association to join in their conference, 'A Tree
Odyssey Something for Everyone', from October 25-27 in Nelson.
The programme was an
exciting one with much of interest. It also provided an opportunity
to enjoy the arts, culinary and visual delights the Nelson Region
has to offer.
Two well-known local
horticulturists, Lawrie Metcalf and Seager Mason, gave papers at
the conference, one on Thursday 1.15-1.45pm, the other, on Friday
8.30-9.30pm, followed by the Institute Annual General Meeting.
The RNZIH Banks Memorial
Lecture was presented at the Rutherford Hotel, on the Thursday evening
(25 October) by Graeme Platt. Well-known for his work selecting,
growing and promoting native plants for both amenity use and timber,
Graeme travels widely to further his interest in plants, both within
and outside New Zealand. His particular in interest at present is
Araucariaceae. Graeme presented a thought-provoking Banks Memorial
Lecture. His topic was The usefulness and place of New Zealand's
native plants in the urban environment is firmly dictated by fully
understanding their evolutionary heritage.
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Chairman RNZIH Executive Committee.