AGM followed by a Special Presentation by Xanthe White
There was much to celebrate at our AGM this year held at Unitec on 8 June 2016. Not only did we take pleasure in formally presenting Xanthe White with a certificate recording her status as our second Distinguished Fellow Member, but we also had the pleasure of presenting certificates to our two recently accredited members, Renee Davies and Nick Robinson. With well-established reputations in both landscape architecture and garden design, the calibre of these candidates was very high and we are indeed fortunate to have them as accredited members of the Society.
Upon completion of formalities, we were treated to a wonderful presentation by Xanthe of the work that she and her studio has done. Over a number of years, Xanthe has been a prominent exhibitor in many of the world's significant garden shows, including Chelsea. Alongside her many exhibition gardens, she also finds the time to design private gardens here in New Zealand, appear regularly on screen and in the print media and author gardening books!
On a sadder note, secretary Janet Walters is stepping down from her role on the National Committee and will be sorely missed. Fortunately for us, however, she will continue her role as secretary of the Garden DesignFest Committee. Thank you, Janet, for all your hard work.