On Sunday, December the 6th, members, committee and guests came together in the gardens at Burnley to celebrate the end of 2020. Truly superb to see so many familiar and new, friendly faces in person, rather than via screens. We were fortunate to have a mostly sunny day in this horticulturally stunning garden. Nestled beneath the branches of the Arbutus and Pinus, delicious food was catered by Sister Friend Catering, with table decorations by Little Green Landscapes. A brilliant repertoire of classical and contemporary harp music was played by Emily Rosner from The Harp Lab.
Our thoughtful keynote presentation was given by Inge Jabara of Inge Jabara Landscapes. Having herself, studied at Burnley Horticultural College, we thoroughly enjoyed listening to the insights Inge had to share. Recalling her journey to creating one of Melbourne’s premium residential landscape companies, that provide: design, construction and horticultural maintenance. The talk was full of helpful tips and anecdote, that anyone in the horticultural industry would find inspiring.
As is the custom at our final event for the year, we take the opportunity to present the EWHA Dawn Fleming Student Scholarship winners, with their certificates, prize money, free yearly membership to Encouraging Women in Horticulture and bouquets. The 2019 recipient was Samara Draper and 2020 was awarded to Rienna Pratten. Each recipient thanked EWHA and is looking forward to advancing their careers in horticulture in their own unique directions. We wish them both every success in joining Victoria’s wonderful horticultural industry and hope to see them as continued members of Encouraging Women in Horticulture.
We loved hosting this event, thanks to all who contributed and attended. Your committee: Emma, Rosemary, Simon, Josephine and Carol, wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to seeing you at many more Covid safe, in-person events in 2021 .