The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Goodbye Australia, Hello Turkey!

Thank you from the Committee

The IHC 2014 Organising Committee have worked tirelessly on the 2014 Congress for many years, always continuing to work with determination, enthusiasm and passion to ensure that a world class event was delivered for all involved. We would like to thank the 3200 delegates, sponsors & exhibitors for their support & attendance at the Congress. The program was delivered to the highest of standards with 1400 oral presentations and 1350 poster presentations, from delegates from more than 100 different countries. From the Congress sessions, to the networking functions and the field trips, we do hope that you enjoyed your IHC 2014 experience and gained a fruitful basket of information, contacts and experiences of which you will remember and cherish into the future.

Turkish delight

The XXX International Horticultural Congress 2018 is set to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from the 12 – 16 August 2018. If the Turkish delights and Turkish dancers are anything to go by, it is sure to be a flavoursome & colourful Congress, not to be missed. For more information on the Congress in 2018 please visit

A poetic memory for IHC delegates from your master of ceremonies – Ashley Walmsley


There was a time we ponder on,
When growing plants meant more,
When dollars didn’t matter,
There was a time “before”.

Before flowers were business,
Delivered for a sum,
Bedraggled roadside daisies,
Still meant the world to mum.

Before the Chelsea Flower Show,
And experts started breedin’,
Before we aimed for ‘perfect’,
There was a garden of Eden.

Before greening regulations,
When common sense prevailed,
And “veging out” meant garden food,
And dirt under your nails.

Before the plastic playgrounds,
Which safety standards meet,
Trees were planted to be climbed,
By little hands and feet.

Before they were the sportstars,
With trophies on the shelf,
They played within the backyards,
On grass that grew itself.

Before the test tube flavours,
Lashed with a chocolate stripe,
There were just simply cherries,
Before a Cherry Ripe.

Before they called them superfoods,
In healthy café scenes,
We gladly ate what’s on our plate,
And made to eat our greens.

Before the Colonel fried a bird,
Creating chicken tizz,
Remember herbs and spices,
Make Kentucky what it is.

Before drive-thru accounted for,
The Sunday roast’s demise, 
We used to eat potatoes,
Before they were called “fries”.

Before tech giant Apple,
Bestowed on us these fads,
i-This, i-That but once there were,
Just apples and lily pads.

Before the screens upon our phones,
Held us in a trance,
Before Plants versus Zombies,
We simply just had plants.

Before the pills aplenty,
That fill our medicine drawer,
We ate the crust, spat the seeds,
The pumpkin skin and all.

Before the world gets greyer,
Before it gets too mean,
Perhaps we just all need to,
Think a little more green.

© Ashley Walmsley

Thank you to our Sponsors & Exhibitors

A Congress of this magnitude and value for money would not be possible without the many sponsors and exhibitors that partnered with us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sponsors and Exhibitors involved and we trust our delegates took the opportunity to network and engage accordingly.

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Plenary Session Sponsor

Welcome Reception Sponsor

Barista Station Sponsor

Photographic Competition Sponsor

Program Book Sponsor

IHC 2014 Gardens Project

We take this opportunity to thank the many contributors and supporters of the Gardens Display including Horticultural Training, Plants Direct (Noosa), Heatons Nursery, Turf Queensland, Rosemount Turf, Plant Up Greenwalls and Greenroofs, Florieglium and Higgs Nursery.

Many of the plants from the IHC 2014 gardens project were proudly donated to local community groups, leaving a lasting and growing legacy of IHC 2014 for communities in Brisbane.

See Ya Mate

ICMS Australasia would like to take the opportunity to thank the International Society for Horticultural Science, the IHC 2014 Organising Committee, all delegates and their accompanying persons, sponsors and exhibitors alike for allowing us to be a part of this amazing journey. We are very grateful for this opportunity and it was our sincere pleasure to be of service to you.