Terry Hatch

International Award of Honor, 2016

Terry Hatch was a founding member of the New Zealand Region of IPPS and attended his first meeting in 1971.  He has continued to be an active member in New Zealand since that first meeting.

In his 44 years with the IPPS, he has achieved many things in the world of plant propagation.  As a breeder he has bred and selected plants which include many NZ natives, bulbs, and exotic species.  Examples include Helleborus orientalis Joy Bouquet, a series of free flowering and colourful hellebores.  Sophora Dragon's Gold, a compact and free flowering form of the NZ native Kowhai.  Phormium Chocolate Cookie, a compact and dark form of our flax.  Plus he has generated numerous forms and hybrids of Nerine, Eucomis, Clivia, and Iris.  He introduced the South African Restios to NZ and has made numerous selections and forms of our native plants including Libertia and Carex and many, many other species.  He has shown us new and novel ways of propagating both cuttings and seeds and he simplified and demystified the weaning of plants from tissue culture.

He has been involved in all levels of IPPS.  From committee member, to regional president, and in 2007/2008, he held the position of International President.  He has been involved in the organization of numerous field trips, conferences and tours.  He has been a stalwart within New Zealand's IPPS region contributing at local and national levels.  Terry is a model member of IPPS.  He is always sharing is considerable plant knowledge with all members through hands-on demonstrations, talks, and one-on-one relationships.  He was made a "life member" of the NZ region in 2013.