Annette Irish is a highly respected consulting horticulturist, locally and internationally, and shares her knowledge and experiences through workshops for disciples of gardening and also teaches and mentors her professional horticultural colleagues. She is well known for her involvement in promoting tropical horticulture in Queensland and Asia, having spent 12 years working with the Singapore government to upgrade and enhance their horticulturist’s skills and knowledge.
Annette has presented at major international conferences such as the International Society of Horticultural Scientists, Lisbon, 2010 and at popular national gardening events within Australia. Providing sound scientific but basic knowledge on plant and soil health are the key features of Annette’s presentations and demonstrations – challenging long held horticultural practices and making it all so much clearer to the gardeners.
Annette’s real passion is growing rare and unusual subtropical and tropical plants trialling them in the tough growing conditions on her own personal 2 acre botanic gardens in the slopes of the D’Aguilar ranges of north western Brisbane.
Annette, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Horticulture since 2000, is a Registered Horticulturist. She is a Director of the Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum, Secretary of Horticultural Media Association QLD and a past National President of the Australian Institute of Horticulture.