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Kate Grace – YoungHort Australian Director

Kate commenced studying Bachelor of Design/ Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra in 2012 after finishing her Certificate 3 in Horticulture.

She was award the BBM Youth Support Award for Horticulture, after being nominated by the Australian institute of Horticulture in 2013. Kate travelled to the UK, Europe and Singapore learning about the industry in 2014.

She is now working with YoungHort Australia ambassadors to raise awareness of the Horticulture profession to young people

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Caitlin Sawyer – YoungHort Australian Ambassador

Caitlin has grown up within the Horticultural industry having many family members within the nursery trade, and has become immersed with plants and gardening      ever since. Subsequently she has developed a dedicated passion, especially for plant production and is studying a Bachelor of Horticulture at Charles Sturt University.

She is currently planning her trip abroad upon receipt of the Sir John Pagan scholarship for Horticulture in 2014/15.

Excited to be working as part of the YoungHort initiative, Caitlin hopes to positively promote Horticulture as a rewarding career for young people and illustrate the many diverse opportunities of an amazing career.

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Tristan Krepp – YoungHort Australian Ambassador

Tristan Krepp is a Qualified Horticulturist, who is currently working for the ‘Greater City of Geelong’ in the Parks and Garden departments.

Tristan has been involved in the Horticulture industry almost his whole life, working in a wide range of different areas of Horticulture.

During the completion of Tristan’s apprenticeship, Tristan was awarded the ‘2012 BBM Youth Support: Sir John Pagan – Horticulture Award,’ which is an award ran through the Australian Institute of Horticulture, too travel to the United Kingdom to further and develop knowledge and skills in Horticulture.

Whilst in the UK, Tristan gained work experience in various different gardens and flower shows. His highlight was representing Australia at the 100th year of the ‘Chelsea Flower Show.’ Australia came through with the goods, winning the ‘Best in Show’ and a ‘Gold Medal’.

In Tristan’s spare-time, he has been a guest speaker at local garden clubs and events, talking about the importance of horticulture, and how we can raise and set a professional level in the Horticulture industry of Australia


Chantelle Leenstra – YoungHort Australian Ambassador

Chantelle Leenstra is a Landscape Architect, Australian Horticulture Student of The Year 2014 (AIH) and Principal of Garden Atelier. Hailing from multiple generations of Dutch gardeners, Chantelle achieved honours in her landscape architecture studies at universities in Sydney, Melbourne and China before designing for several years with leading Sydney residential garden design and commercial landscape architecture firms.

In 2014 Chantelle lived in Japan, launching the Japanese Garden Stories project. This involved interviewing various people across the country about their personal and cultural connections with plants and gardens. While in Japan, Chantelle also worked as a designer and visited over 150 gardens. Chantelle’s touchstone is her motto ‘Land is spirit, and when we connect with land we connect with all other things’; and so her work is devoted to discovering, encouraging and sharing connections between landscapes and people.


Kim Earl – YoungHort Australian Ambassador

Kim completed an apprenticeship in horticulture (Parks and Gardens) via studying at Swinburne University of Technology in 2013. She received The Best Apprentice Award for her second year and was chosen to represent Swinburne in the Achievable Gardens Category at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) 2012.

She is currently focusing on being an up and coming designer for Candeo Design in Melbourne and learning the value of creating good relationships with clients, contractors, suppliers and other members of the industry as a whole.

Previously working in other industries Kim now has her dream job and is passionate about helping further generations through the pathways of horticulture and the possibilities it has to offer.