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.
Welcome to Plantrite who joined as NGIWA members today. NIASA accredited, Plantrite is a family owned business, specialising in the propagation and growing of Western Australian plants. Their plants are grown for various revegetation and landscape projects throughout W.A., along with the ‘Garden Starter’ and ‘Proven Performer’ range of plants for the retail market.
As part of this year’s State Conference, members of NGIWA were invited to attend ‘The Awards of Excellence’ breakfast which was kindly sponsored by the Water Corporation.
The awards acknowledged the hard work of many of our members and are deemed an important part of our membership. A simple pat on the back says it all. Whether you are a winner or a second placer, NGIWA and its members embrace and acknowledge everyone from the small achiever to the innovator who promotes and strives for a better industry for everyone to work in.
Full list of winners can be found in the August edition of eNews (refer Archive).
On Wednesday the 2nd of August, NGIWA NextGenners and member growers converged upon The Seedling Factory for an inside look around their production and growing facilities in Hope Valley and Olbury.
With the tour starting off at the outdoor growing area in Olbury, proprietor Ben Funnekotter led the enthusiastic group through the different growing areas, with vegetable seedlings as far as the eye could see. Producing up to 56 million seedlings per annum to many of the state's farmers, Ben spoke in great detail about just what it takes to run a nursery of such size, including irrigation management, glasshouse climate control, fertigation, and the use of automation in both his growing area in Olbury and the Hope Valley production nursery. Ben made mention of the fact that the use of automation, although having its benefits can also be quite costly and time consuming to maintain, and sometimes the 'back to basics' approach can work out for the best.
It’s been the best part of 13 years since I had last set foot on the famous Royal Hospital grounds in Chelsea, London home to the Chelsea Flower Show.
There is much hype and talk about this event through all walks of life and when comparisons of gardening events are discussed it’s always the Chelsea Flower Show that pops up into the conversation and whether or not you have ever been.
I have been lucky enough to not only been a visitor on numerous occasions but as a past student of the Royal Horticultural Society had the experience of building a show garden and being a part of the set-up in 1987. That was over 30 years ago but I can still remember watching how in a space of four weeks, the Royal Hospital grounds are transformed into the worlds greatest gardening event and are visited by thousands from across the globe including the British royal family.
Welcome to the team at IBN Services up in Port Hedland who have just become members of NGIWA!
IBN Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of IBN Corporation. IBN Corporation provides programs and services to improve the lives of the IBN Community, the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people. IBN Services was established in 2013 to provide employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
IBN Services provides home and garden maintenance services; and operates the only commercial native plant nursery in Port Hedland. They supply seeds, tube stock, shrubs, ground cover and trees to commercial developments and have also recently started a creating unique handcrafted furniture from 100 per cent recycled timber.
Welcome to Kaye Close and daughter Dani of Fickle Prickles and SucculentART who have recently joined NGIWA.
Fickle Prickles is a Perth based cacti and succulent online store that began its journey in early 2009. It was developed through a passion and admiration of all cacti and succulents. What began as a part time hobby grew to an out of control addiction, and from there a business was born.
Last week NGIWA Nextgenners were treated to an engaging, practical and hands-on Corymbia grafting workshop held at the City of Stirling’s Council production nursery in Karrinyup. The workshop and practical demonstration was led by Amanda Shade, Assistant Nursery Curator from Kings Park Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority who guided the group of 50 through the ins and outs of Grafting Corymbia ficifolia (Western Australian Flowering Gum). The ‘Mummy graft’ was the technique chosen with Cormybia maculata (Spotted Gum) used for the rootstock. From the get go, everyone enthusiastically tried their hand at grafting their very own WA Flowering Gum, with most even taking them at the conclusion of the workshop! All that grafting was hungry work and many stayed on after to chat/network whilst enjoying a delicious BBQ for lunch.
NGIWA would like to say a huge thanks to Amanda Shade from Kings Park, our Nextgen sponsor Baileys Fertiliser, and the City of Stirling for hosting the event.
Welcome to the crew at Coast Road Palms who recently joined NGIWA. Coast Road Palms is a family business operating since 1987.
The nursery is set in 10 acres of tropical gardens, where you can view the growth of palms in their natural surrounds.
The NGIWA Annual General Meeting took place last Tuesday. Carole Fudge (Benara Nurseries) agreed to continue for a third term as NGIWA President and Craig Woodroffe (Ellenby Tree Farm) was elected Vice President. All previous board members - Nancy Scade (Australian Native Nursery), Geoff Richards (Richgro), Colin Groom (Domus Nursery), Genevieve Bailey (Baileys Fertiliser) and Michael Gorman (City Of Stirling) were re-elected for a further 12 months. Ross Hooper (Zanthorrea Nursery) will represent NGIWA on the national board.
We welcome our ninth board member elected, David Lullfitz from Plantrite making this the largest board NGIWA has had in many years. David brings considerable experience and knowledge to the table and we all look forward to working with him in growing this association.
Finally a thank you to our members who attended the AGM and dinner including Paul Beveridge (Perth Hills Veggie Co.), Kaye Close (Fickle Prickles), Delia Van Aurich (Hydroponics Xpress) and Neville Passmore (Honorary Member).
We are thrilled to have Linda and Paul Mitchener from The Green Life Soil Co. come on board as our latest NGIWA members. Understanding that Perth's sandy soils are are real challenge to grow anything in, they developed several specialist soil mixes designed to radically improve moisture and nutrient retention.
To learn more about The Green Life Soil Co. visit their website at www.greenlifesoil.com.au.
Fickle Prickles is a Perth hills based cacti and succulent online store that began its journey in early 2009. It was developed through a passion and admiration of all cacti and succulents. What began as a part time hobby grew to an out of control addiction, and from there a business was born under the leadership of Kaye Close and daughter Danni.
With decades of horticultural experience Kaye and Danni take pride in producing healthy established plants in pots that are grown to suit Western Australian conditions and use the latest hygienic growing techniques to ensure their stock is pest and disease free and of a high quality.
The 122 modern awards of general application have been updated and published on the Fair Work Commission website. The awards have been varied to reflect the increases in wages and allowances as a result of the Annual Wage Review 2016–17 decision  FWCFB 3500 as well as changes to the National Training Wage schedule and penalty rates where applicable.
CREATING SUSTAINABLE NATIVE GARDENS
Australian Native Nursery has been helping West Australians get the most from their garden for nearly 20 years. At their family-owned and run Oakford nursery, Australian Native Nursery grow over 1500 Australian native plant species, from tubestock through to 50lt bags. They have a huge range of groundcovers, wildflowers, trees and shrubs to choose from, all labelled with detailed information and pictures to help customers choose the right plant for their gardens.
For more information head to the Australian Native Nursery website at www.australiannativenursery.com.au
Another new member has joined NGIWA today, Greentech located in Nedlands. Run by Marion Raad-Chenailler, Greentech is the exclusive importer of Fertil products in Australia. Fertil manufacture Fertilpot and Fertiss.
Dawson’s Garden World is a WA gardening institution. Family owned and operated since 1903, Dawson’s as we know it had its humble beginnings when a partnership was formed between George Russell Dawson and Edward James Harrison. Dawson and Harrison, established their first production nursery in Belmont and plants were originally delivered by horse and cart to businesses and residences around Perth.
The much anticipated Perth Garden Festival for 2017 has been and gone in a flash but with clear blue skies and over 25,000 visitors, McCallum Park once again hosted a very successful festival.
This year saw NGIWA working with a number of members to create 210 sq mtrs of displayed gardens ranging from the latest in plant releases, showing the value of buying from an accredited nursery (AGCAS), the work behind the scenes in growing plants under strict environmental guidelines (NIASA), the promotion of the 202020 Vision campaign and training offered by TAFE. Visitors were able to have their gardening questions answered thanks to the tremendous support of the members of the Australian Institute of Horticulture and Neville Passmore, and DAFWA staff were also on hand to offer advice on the present Tomato Potato Psyllid crisis.