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Clair Levander

Claire Lavanda

Staff writers
October 5, 2011

Prior to becoming a Horticulturalist I spent many years as a Business Analyst in the Information Technology industry.

I departed the office environment in 2003 to undertake a career in Horticulture.

I started out as a Nursery Hand and worked my way up to managing all aspects of a medium scale nursery (3 acres of growing area).

I specialise in plant production and have been fully responsible for the supply of plants to many large chain stores and to Landscapers, Landscape Architects, Independent Wholesalers and Retail nurseries.

I now run my own business -  ecobotanics®.

I want to help consumers match plants to the environment they live in and understand the needs of the plants they buy. In doing this I hope to achieve my goal of making gardening more sustainable by reducing overwatering and the use of chemicals, fertilisers and pesticides.

Basically, I want to let Mother Nature do her work!

I am a supporting member of Horticulture Media Association Queensland (HMAQ) which keeps me abreast of new plants and products in the horticultural industry and the members provide me the wealth of their experience.

I also enjoy the architectural and scientific side of Horticulture. I have designed and coordinated displays for expos, trade days and plant fairs (awarded best Green Life display at NGIQ Spring Expo 2006, 2007 & 2009) and I have been involved in several scientific trials for the AnovaPOT, the Anova Twinpot Water Management System and for Scotts Australia.

Some of my career achievements have been; being the Vice President of NGIQ North Brisbane Branch 2006 & 2007, being awarded NGIA Young Leader for Queensland in 2006, being the founding member of NGIQ NextGen Qld 2007 and developing and organising the Nurseries Sustainable Technical Field Days for 2006 & 2007.

I now have the great fortune to work on the Talking Gardening program on 1116 4BC.

I have been a fan of the show for a very long time, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of being Col’s student and I hope I can contribute to Col’s listeners.

Producer contact: Clair Levander clevander@4bc.com.au