s Handbury Award - Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens

Handbury Award

Members are invited to nominate for this award named in honour of the late Geoff Handbury AO, a major benefactor of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens Inc (AAFBG) who gave a sum of money over a period of five years for the administration and support of Botanic Gardens through Friends of Botanic Gardens, Australia wide.

One of Australia’s great philanthropists Geoff was committed to family and community he left lasting legacies, one of his passions was Botanic Gardens and the role they play in social wellbeing and education.

This award recognises exceptional contributions to an Australian Botanic Garden, Arboretum or Park, by an AAFBG member group or individual from a member group.

THE AWARD CATEGORIES are:

  1. Exceptional contribution by an individual member to their Botanic Garden, Park or Arboretum.
  2. Exceptional contribution of a member organisation to its Botanic Garden, Park or Arboretum.

Download the 2024 Handbury Award Nomination Form Here.

 

 

Recipients 2023

CATEGORY 1

Delys Van Mierlo, Friends of the Botanic Gardens Cairns
For long term dedication and passion in fostering the cause of Botanic Gardens.

Tony Davis, Friends Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
For long term dedication and passion in fostering the cause of Botanic Gardens.

Roger and Gwen Elliot, Friends of RBG Cranbourne
For exceptional long term dedication to establishment, education and advocacy, thus fostering the cause of RBG Cranbourne as a result of lifetime devotion to Australian flora.

Heather Harrington, Friends of Sale Botanic Gardens
For major contribution and creation of improvement by individuals in a collective volunteer effort.

Evelyn McAdam, Friends of Sale Botanic Gardens
For major contribution and creation of improvement by individuals in a collective volunteer effort.

Diane Honey, Friends of Sale Botanic Gardens
For major contribution and creation of improvement by individuals in a collective volunteer effort.

CATEGORY 2

Friends of Sale Botanic Gardens
For major contribution and creation of improvement by individuals in a collective volunteer effort by Heather Harrington, Evelyn McAdam and Dianne Honey.

Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Volunteers
For exceptional contribution and dedication to the establishment of SHBG through collective volunteer effort.

RBG Cranbourne Growing Friends
For exceptional contribution and dedication to the education, advocacy and financial benefit of RBG Cranbourne.

 

Recipients 2022

CATEGORY 1

Elizabeth Gilfillan, Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Elizabeth's contribution to Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and to the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens has seen both organisations grow and flourish.

CATEGORY 2

Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden Wednesday Work Group
For outstanding contribution by collective volunteer endeavour contributing to major works to Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden thus enhancing the environment and the community.

CATEGORY 2

Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens Inc.
For outstanding contribution by collective volunteer endeavour and advocating for major works to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens thus enhancing the environment and the community.
 

 

Recipients 2021

CATEGORY 1

Margaret Lynch, Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden
For decades of inspiring leadership as guide, mentor, educator, and nursery volunteer.

Ronda and Peter Hall, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Port Augusta Inc.
For decades of dedicated contribution in education, propagation, and garden maintenance and development.

Janet O'Hehir, Friends of Camperdown Botanic Gardens and Arboretum Trust
For remarkable dedication to advocacy, education, and garden development and for the indomitable spirit she brings to the gardens.

Beth and Raoul Dixon, Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens
For long-term dedication to the activities of FBBG through guiding, education and administration.
Will be accepted by Merrill Shulkes.

Kevin Stokes, Friends of Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
For long-term contribution to the establishment and development of the Gardens, education, and administration.

Kevin McDonald, OAM. Friends of Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
For long-term contribution to the establishment and development of the Gardens, education, and guiding.

CATEGORY 2

Friends of Kings Park and Botanic Garden. WA
For major contribution to Kings Park, through fundraising for major works and volunteer effort.

The Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra
For major contribution by collective volunteer endeavour and financial contribution to major projects.

Friends of Eurobodalla Botanic Garden
For major contribution in support of major works and volunteer endeavour.

Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
For outstanding contribution by collective volunteer endeavour and securing funding for major works.

Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Growing Group
For major contribution over many years of collective volunteer effort and financial contribution.

Friends of Orange Botanic Gardens. Propagation Group
For major contribution by preservation of threatened species by volunteer effort and for financial contribution.

The Friends of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Port Augusta. Inc.
For outstanding contribution to the foundation of AALBG and continued collective volunteer and financial contribution over decades.