Lecturer to speak at Arid Lands

GUEST: Dan Austin is a lecturer at TAFE SA Urrbrae Campus in Adelaide.

GUEST: Dan Austin is a lecturer at TAFE SA Urrbrae Campus in Adelaide.

Friends of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Urrbrae lecturer Dan Austin will be the next guest speaker at the Friends of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden’s next meeting.

The next meeting, to be held at the WMC Meeting Room at Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens at 1pm on March 3, has a topic of ‘amazing horticultural experiences in many parts of the world’.

Dan is a lecturer at TAFE SA Urrbrae Campus in Adelaide in the fields of horticulture, hydroponics and related subject areas.

He was a student at Urrbrae TAFE more than 10 years ago and John Zwar was one of his lecturers.

In 2009 Dan was awarded a scholarship by the International Plant Propagators Society and travelled to South Africa where he witnessed first-hand the culture, landscapes and innovations of the horticultural industry in this unique part of the world.

Some time after returning to Australia, where he worked as a groundsman and later as a lecturer at TAFE Urrbrae Campus, he travelled to Tanzania where he worked, then returned to Urrbrae.

His next move was to the Solomon Islands for two years where he established horticulture courses in the TAFE system there.

Back to lecturing at TAFE Urrbrae after this and then a scholarship which enabled him to move to Israel and work at the Jerusalem Botanic Garden for a year where he looked after the Australian plant collection, travelled extensively on plant collecting trips and met his future wife!

Now back in Australia, lecturing at Urrbrae TAFE, Dan has agreed to present to the Friends on his amazing horticultural experiences in many parts of the world.

Who knows what his next move will be?

In addition to lecturing, Dan is a Board Member of the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of SA and an active member of the International Plant Propagators Society.

He regularly writes articles on a range of horticultural topics in Hort Journal Australia.

Dan’s presentation promises to be wide ranging and very interesting.