Kate Heffernan

Kate Heffernan


Kate has been professionally engaged in the horticulture industry for over 35 years. She has experience in various disciplines including:

  • Botanic Gardens Planning and Development
  • Nursery Production, Garden Centre Management
  • Landscape Design
  • Education
  • Media
  • Project Management
  • Garden History

Recent positions and projects

  • Senior Project Officer for the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens (GCRBG)
  • Write and deliver S.M.A.R.T Volunteer Gardener Pilot Program
  • Horticulture Training and Training Programme Development for TAFE Qld and Envirotech International School of Horticulture
  • Write and deliver Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia Garden Design Workshops Level 1,2,3
  • Review Nursery and Garden Industry Qld. Leaflet Magazine Strategy
  • Promotional Booklet GCRBG
  • Regular contributor feature articles Landscape Contractor Australian Horticulture Magazine; Garden International (published Netherlands)
  • Historic garden survey and report for The Rosser House Garden Benowa (1865 – present)

Currently engaged as

  • Full time Specialist Consultant for the Botanic Collection Interpretation and Quality Assurance for the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
  • Part time Horticulture trainer and Landscape Contractor features writer


  • Chair, Horticulture Reference Group, GCRBG
  • Member, Project Control Group, GCRBG;
  • Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand (BGANZ) – Chair of Qld. Chapter
  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI);
  • HMAQ
  • Garden History Assn. of Australia
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Founder and Honorary Communications Coordinator: Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Inc.


  • Vocational Teacher of the Year, Gold Coast 2000
  • Qld. Government Australia Day Award for Productivity – 2000.


  • Married to Alan Donaldson, a retired Technical Manager Telstra – now honorary horticultural and media work. Son Ben and partner Christine – Lawyers in Brisbane; stepdaughter Kim – Dental Therapist; step-grandsons Lachlan and Mitchell, 14yrs and 10yrs.

Website:   www.hmaq.com.au

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