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And the winner is...

Date posted: 19 September 2016

We've always been intensely proud of our hardworking staff, but this month has seen Botanic Gardens staff blessed with a heap of outside recognition to top it off.

Best on Show

The horticultural team absolutely cleaned up with their cuts in the Royal Adelaide Show Awards in the Horticulture Pavilion. Adelaide staff – including Stefan Anesbury, Rhys Combes, Cosi De Paola, Michael Jeffery and Christopher Alchin – took home a host of 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for their cuts, including Rhys’ win in the Champion Trees and Shrubs – Commercial and institutional section (entering a Diospyrus whyteana).

Similarly, Lofty and Wittunga staff took home a bunch of gongs. Dieter Streich, Jordan Mistos and Ryan Underhill took home numerous 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes with their entries consisting largely of magnolias, camellias and rhododendron blooms. Evan Brougham (one of his shots attached) entered South African Proteaceae and Ericas and nabbed a 1st prize in all seven classes he entered!

Judy Inkster and Tim Jennings entered exhibits in the Australian Native Plants classes, winning several 1st and 2nd prizes, including “Overall Champion Native Tree or Shrub” (with a Eucalyptus pressiana, Eucalyptus tetraptera and Thryptomene ericaea display) and “Most Successful Australian Native Plant Exhibitor”.

A man of many talents

Aside from helping keep Adelaide Botanic Garden in top shape, the talented Stefan Anesbury also has his own Mount Pleasant-based Angora goat-breeding business, and he was recently recognised for his commitment to the Gawler region’s local agriculture industry by being named the Gawler Show Rural Ambassador.

To cap that off, he also took home the SA State Young Judges Championships in the Angora Goat & Mohair Fleece category at the Royal Adelaide Show! Stefan beat 45 others to take the crown, and in August 2017 he’ll head to the Queensland Royal Show to compete for the title of National Young Judge.

Our Trainee of the Year

And last but not least, the Garden's Argentinian horticulturalist/musician extraordinaire Flavio Perez was this year nominated for the Trainee of the Year Award in the 2016 South Australian Training Awards.

The awards were presented at a glitzy dinner at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 9 September, and while Flavio just missed out on the top prize, just being nominated is a huge honour and an indicator of the kind of horticulturalist and person he is. Well done, mate!

The award night was, by all reports, a great night and rumour has it some Botanic Gardens staff cut up the dance floor with unrivalled finesse.

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