Annette Irish, John Daly and Paul Plant – on behalf of HMAA Queensland members

The horticulture industry lost a stalwart recently when Robert Percy, a 3rd generation horticulturist, late of Aspley nurseries passed away late in June. Robert was a great plantsman and collector of unusual feature trees which he then propagated providing the industry with robust stock to use and the community to enjoy.

It was a privilege to be a friend and colleague of Rob.  His enthusiasm to chat and his desire to mentor all who held the same fascination with plants and design, anytime, anywhere, is a rare characteristic in one person. Robert was always encouraging his fellow horticulturists to strive beyond the limitations that may be placed upon them and his support saw many individuals pursue worthy careers in Horticulture.

Over many years, Robert never shied away from freely offering his insight on how to grow a particular plant; what councils, designers & landscape architects should be using on projects and pressing local government authorities on issues affecting the industry.

Robert dedicated many hours to education and industry professionalism. He was a member of the horticultural advisory team for the staggeringly beautiful horticultural development of the Southbank development for the successful EXPO 88. Robert was a member of QNIA, IPPS, AIH for many years and Rotary Australia. He travelled extensively overseas representing Australia at industry events. Robert also readily donated plants at various exhibitions, workshops, parties, weddings ….. anything.

His care and thoughts for many of us and our families have been greatly appreciated.  His passing leaves a huge gap in the nursery, landscape and associated industries.  Robert leaves behind a wonderful legacy for a greener world.  His smile can be remembered in the natural beauty of the plants he so dearly loved. Our heartfelt condolences go to Judy and Robert’s family.

Vale Robert Percy you will be missed.

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