A great night was had by all - the 2019 NGIWA Members Christmas Lawn Bowls party was a smashing hit! Thank you to everyone who came along for the fun.
Special mention to our winners for the evening; Mark Tucek (Domus Nursery) who was awarded 'The Best Blokey Bowler' and Carole Fudge (Benara Nurseries) for 'Worst Female Bowler' (who came up with these categories....??!!!)
Our biggest thanks to our sponsors, Richgro, for helping us put on great nights like this; to Rose and the staff at MLBC for hosting our event once again; to Tanya and her crew at Delissimo Cafe for providing the amazingly delicious Christmas dinner, and to our beautiful singer Ezereve who was out of this world and kept everyone entertained.
On June 12th, our NextGen group and interested members, met up at the Kings Park Nursery facility for an in-depth talk and tour on the educational topics of ‘Plant Breeding’ and 'Seed Collection and Conservation'.
Head Plant Breeder, Digby Growns, led one group through the propagation/plant breeding area of the nursery, highlighting their very interesting Grevillea and Kangaroo Paw Plant Breeding Program, even including an exclusive look at their tissue culture lab where they are working on new varieties of Chamelaucium ‘Waxflowers’. Digby explained the rigorous processes involved in the decision to release a new plant hybrid for sale; 5-7 years for growing and selecting plants for desired flower colour, level of disease resistance and overall plant performance.
Seed Collector/Conservationist, Luke Sweedman, then spoke about his work collecting many thousands of seeds from Western Australia for Kings Park Nursery and the ‘Millenium Seed Bank’ in Kew UK.. With some 3o years experience under his belt, Luke gave a very thorough overview of his work to date. Everyone was amazed at the distances Luke would travel to collect seed, sometimes staying in remote areas of Western Australia for weeks at a time with just one assistant staff member, a caravan, and a kitted out seed collection vehicle.
At the conclusion of the talk and tour, everyone stayed around for a chat during lunch - a great opportunity to ask questions, and learn more about this area of our industry - which very few have access to. This is one of the main benefits of becoming a NextGen or NGIWA Member.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Digby Growns and Luke Sweedman from Kings Park, and of course, our NextGen sponsor Bailey’s Fertiliser for making this amazing opportunity possible.
NGIWA is delighted to announce that Richgro have agreed to a 2 year sponsorship deal with Nursery & Garden Industry WA.
For the past 12 months, NGIWA CEO Matthew Lunn has been in discussions with Richgro over a possible partnership in order to grow the association with industry support.
“I’m absolutely delighted for the association, and with his many years being involved with the NGIWA Board, Geoff Richards and his team saw great value in working with us to support and promote our association, particularly in areas of retail and regional areas. Our thanks must also go to Tim Richards, Heath Okely, David Miles and Troy Franks from Richgro who have been instrumental in supporting this agreement", Matthew said.
The 2 year agreement will not only see support at all NGIWA events but also at the Perth Garden Festival in April, where they will be sponsoring the awards for Best Nursery Exhibitor.
Welcome to our latest NGIWA member. Grasstrees Australia is a family operated business committed to the preservation of endangered Western Australian native Grasstrees and Zamia Palms. Once extracted, plants are nursery stabilised for 12- 18 months, ensuring new root development and an optimum success rate. By supplying to the public, landscapers, property developers, local councils and government departments, these plants can be recycled back into the West Australian landscape guaranteeing the longevity of this ancient flora.
The Retail Nursery and Display Centre is located in Wattle Grove and is open 7 days a week.
Welcome to David and Kelly Parnham of Parkerville Berry Company who have just joined as NGIWA members!
Parkerville Berry Company is a local, family owned and operated business that has been producing delicious, fresh blueberries since 2012. As the exclusive WA supplier of Mountain Blue Farms blueberries, they provide plants from the best blueberry breeding program in Australia.
From five acres in Parkerville, David and Kelly propagate from their plants to provide both commercial and retail plant varieties. They also grow out Tissue Culture plants sent from the Eastern states to ensure their plants are free from blueberry viruses.
We held our Christmas drinks at the Balmoral Hotel in Vic Park last Tuesday to toast another successful year and catch up with old and new friends of the Association.
Joining us too were a number of industry guests including Ben Archibald from Touchwood Nursery, Paul Nash and the sales team from Corporate Sports Australia (CSA) and David and Kelly Parnham from the Parkerville Berry Company. It was also terrific to see a number of our Honorary Members there with Deryn Thorpe, John Colwill and Neville Passmore all participating in the festivities.
Benefits of being a member of NGIWA certainly came to the fore for the evening with all enjoying the opportunity to spend time networking and particularly with CSA present, ask plenty of questions with regard to next year’s Perth Garden Festival. Also on hand to answer questions was Steve Blyth, WA’s FMS auditor.
It really was pleasing to see so many attend the event and once again this has shown that NGIWA is beating with a strong heart as members continue to support events in numbers.
We had a fantastic response and turnout with over 35 members packed into the nursery at Men of The Trees, Hazelmere taking part in our annual Pest & Disease Management workshop with Andrew Manners and John Duff from the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries Qld.
Despite being a very hot day, it was an extremely informative program with all participants able to listen to present day diagnostic problems facing nurseries today, as well as having the opportunity to discuss personal problems facing their own nursery with experienced entomologists Andrew and John.
In 2001, horticulturists Linda & Paul Mitchener were looking for a tree change and stumbled across an old permaculture and environmental site on Farrall Road, Midvale. Within a short period, trading began under the name the Swan Garden Centre and whilst the range of plants and products they carried did increase, the soil supply side of the business also evolved and expanded. They started by making customised soil mixes for particular needs and specific plants at the customer's request. Over time, this evolved and was refined to the range of soils they now produce, and it was decided in early 2008 to change their name to reflect the emerging nature of the business - and thus The Green Life Soil Co. was born.
Welcome to Delia and Neville of Aquaponics WA and Hydroponic Xpress who have recently joined as NGIWA members.
Hydroponic Xpress and Aquaponics WA is Perth's largest hydroponic shop and aquaponic warehouse and display centre. They have qualified and knowledgeable staff to answer all of your hydroponic and aquaponic questions and carry a range of Aeroponics, Aquaculture turbo tank hydroponics, Hydroponic Systems, Hydroponic Kits, Hydroponic Lights, Pumps, Air Pumps, Air Stones, Filters, Nutrients, Additives, Grow Rooms, Grow Tents, Fans, Filters, Pots and Growing Media. Visit them at www.aquaponicswa.com.au
Over 30 members headed to Dawson’s Garden World in Forrestfield for our spring Retailers Night last week with special guests from ‘All The Dirt”, Deryn Thorpe & Steve Woods. The evening kicked off with a presentation from Gemma McQuade and Jeff Doyle from Yates, who kindly sponsored the evening. Yates are a household name when it comes to gardening and it was terrific to see some of their favourite products like Dynamic Lifter being rebranded and made more appealing to our garden centres for sale.
Steve and Deryn from the podcast "All The Dirt" provided a thoroughly entertaining presentation and demonstrated how by thinking outside the box, anything is achievable in connecting with the information-hungry, gardening public.