Julie Lumsdale

As a keen gardener with an active family, who are all also interested in gardening, Julie retired to further develop her gardening knowledge and skills.

Her qualifications are Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Psychology) with studies related to pharmaceutical work.

After 40 years of working in the fields of employment managing people with physical/ mental restrictions, the pharmaceutical and medical insurance industries Julie brings additional skills to the Friends Board.

She has been actively involved in Australian Garden Clubs for 8 years and in 2015 was selected as Ambassador for the Qld Council of Garden Clubs for the year.


Mobile: 0455 512 302

Vice Chair

Annette Irish RH FAIH
Annette Irish RH FAIH

Annette Irish RH FAIH

Annette has been a practising horticulturist and teacher for over 4 decades and loves working with soil, enhancing soil fauna and collecting unusual plants, tropical species and orchids.

From March 2006 to April 2017 her company, A.I.M.S, as Project Managing Consultants, has been working with Singapore Government developing and teaching the Certified Practising Horticulturist Programme for the landscape industry).

Annette had the honour of being conferred as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Horticulture in 2000 and recently was awarded the President’s Commendation for High Achievement for her work within the industry.

In her capacity as VC Annette aims to focus on educational and development programmes to help create opportunities for the public and industry to expand their horticultural skills and knowledge.

Mobile: 0406 824 438
Mon – Thurs 10-4pm only


Dr Jeannie Sim

BDesSt, BArch, GradDipLandArch, MA (Conservation Studies), PhD.

Dr Jeannie Sim is a garden historian and landscape architect. She was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design (1997-2016) until her retirement.

Her passions include researching warm climate garden history (especially Queensland) and the conservation of historic landscapes.

Her 2000 doctoral thesis revealed ‘Tropicalian’ garden design history and featured in various publications, including 50 plus entries in the well-respected Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens, edited by Richard Aitken and Michael Looker (2001).

Jeannie’s heritage consultancies have focused on conservation management plans and reviews for the Old Brisbane Botanic Gardens and The Government House Grounds, Paddington.

Jeannie is a founding Director of the new Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum and a founding member of the Lord Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Parks and Botanic Gardens.


John Taylor

John’s background as a forester has enabled him to immerse himself in the management of natural resources both in Victoria and Queensland. In the world of horticulture his journey has been varied and interesting.

He managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and also as Director of Parks and Gardens for the Brisbane City Council.

John had the enviable role of managing the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and was until recently national Chair of the Australian Garden History Society.

He now works as a consultant.


Arno King GDLA MUP
Arno King GDLA MUP

Arno King GDLA MUP

Arno is a Registered Landscape Architect and Registered Horticulturist with some 30 years of experience in landscape design, horticulture, urban design and visual assessment.

A prolific writer, his articles are featured in blogs, many specialist journals and popular magazines. Arno has a special interest in planting design, incorporating appropriate vegetation to enhance our urban spaces.

He is committed to professional education and to mentoring novice practitioners.