Famed Australian hybridizer Charles Winch was honored with
the Araleun Award, given for excellence in water gardening in
Australia. The name is from the Aboriginal word for "place
of waterlilies". Winch was also inducted into the International
Waterlily and Water Gardening Society's Hall of Fame and won
the 2005 IWGS New Waterlily Competition. His daughters Noelene
Pullen and Margaret Edwards accepted on his behalf.
The Awards Ceremony was held about 3.15pm
(after a delicious afternoon tea), beside the TAFE College horticulture
pond - a delightful setting. The Mayor of Toowoomba, Dianne Thorley,
was able to take time from her busy schedule to present the Araluen
Award to us and was very enthusiastic. Barre Hellquist then presented
the IWGS Awards. We were interviewed by a journalist from the
local paper and had our photo taken - this appeared in the newspaper
the following day!