Behind three of the best Botanic Gardens in the world are three Curator Managers always looking to make them even better.
David Laughlin leads the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Michael Elgey the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Ashley Filipovski Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.
Together they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, taking each Garden further and working with science and education teams to deliver the best experience for visitors.
'No two days are ever the same'
In a fortuitous coincidence, Michael Elgey, became Curator Manager of the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan last year, after starting his career with the organisation at the National Herbarium of New South Wales which now calls the 416-hectare site home.
Michael started at the Herbarium as a Support Officer in 2010 after completing a horticulture apprenticeship and working for several years as a Horticultural Trades Person.
While working in the Herbarium, he continued his studies with a Bachelor of Environmental Biology from the University of Technology Sydney part-time before transferring to the Horticulture Branch and then taking a role as the Curator Manager at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Kershaw Gardens.
Michael returned to Sydney last year to work with the Horticulture teams and manage the living collection and related projects.
“I’ve come at a time when there’s a lot of major projects happening, with the Herbarium Landscape, Greening our City tree planting program, continuing to manage the remaining African Olive strongholds and working on other conservation projects with Macquarie and Western Sydney University and Sydney Water,” he says.
“We’re continually building our living collections to engage our stakeholders. No two days are ever the same and a botanic garden is never static.