Well-known Australian nurseryman and horticulturist Wes Fleming has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the horticulture industry and landscape architecture.
Wes is known to many in the industry for his company Fleming’s Nurseries, which pioneered new levels of professionalism in the nursery industry. Many of the Fleming’s introduced and marketed Australian native and exotic trees are now regarded as industry standards, both for the quality of their landscape performance and of the excellence of their growing.
To the wider public, Wes Fleming is an intrinsic part of Australia’s success on the world horticulture stage. A veteran of presenting 10 Chelsea Flower Show gardens, Wes has helped introduce many Australian designers to the world, winning 5 gold and 4 silver-gilt medals – and, of course, that amazing 2013 win of Chelsea ‘Best in Show’ with designer Phillip Johnson.
Less well known is the work that Wes does more quietly, such as his long association with the student design competition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and, more recently, with KinderGARDEN™, a project focussing on designing playgrounds in early learning centres that create imaginational and natural play opportunities for children.
Wes is also a tireless advocate for better urban environments through proper valuing of the trees and open spaces we already have, and also influencing government policy. Wes says:
“ I believe we can assist our decision makers in understanding the importance and intrinsic value of public open spaces … in the way we live today and even more importantly considering the legacy we leave our future generations.
“ Hopefully this award will help our industry play a much more proactive role in advising and working with all levels of government – to ensure Australia remains the most livable country in the world – forever.”
Congratulations Wes Fleming OAM. It’s great to see someone rewarded for loving trees.