NEW MEMBER: Plantrite

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.

NGIWA Awards Of Excellence 2017

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).

NextGen Tour - The Seedling Factory

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.

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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.

NEW MEMBER: Fickle Prickles/SucculentART

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.

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NEW MEMBER: Chatfields Tree Nursery

Welcome to new NGIWA members, Chatfields Tree Nursery based in Tammin WA.  Chatfields have been going since 1979 and are a wholesale tree nursery specialising in wheatbelt species, currently growing up to 2 million seedlings.  Chatfields are NIASA accredited.

Biosecurity Alert - Tomato Potato Psyllid

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is undertaking surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens in the Perth area, following the suspect detection of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli).
The tomato potato psyllid can significantly impact production, attacking a range of plants in the Solanaceae family including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum and chilli.
It has been detected in a commercial property north of Perth, a backyard vegetable patch in Belmont and backyard tomatoes in two properties in Mount Hawthorn.
The impacted properties have been quarantined, and the movement of host material (plant and vegetable) from these properties has been restricted.
DNA barcoding is underway to determine the exact species of the pest. The results are expected this week.

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Member Profile - Guildford Town Garden Centre

Situated in the heart of bustling Guildford town is the award-winning Guildford Town Garden Centre and long standing member of NGIWA.

Previously a local garage, this site has been transformed over the last 20 years under the supreme guidance of owner Joanne Harris into one of WA’s best garden centres and today provides visitors with more than just an array of plants to select from but a real experience with a wide selection of beautiful gifts and outdoor furniture and artwork.

If plants are what you are looking for, Guildford Town Garden Centre has it all; from exotics, cottage perennials, succulents, natives, annuals to one of the best selections of fruit and ornamental trees in Perth. In fact, customers travel from far and wide to make their purchases as the plant variety is so varied.

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Member Profile - Great Southern Institute of Technology

Situated 450 kms south of Perth you will find the port city of Albany and home to NGIWA member, Great Southern Institute of Technology (GSIT). I had met Mark Randall, lecturer of Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management, back in August at our biosecurity forum and had agreed I would visit the college and speak to the staff and students about the work of NGIWA and careers in horticulture. A month ago I made the trek to Albany and was delighted to find that the the future of horticulture is in safe hands and that our regional areas of WA are alive and kicking with up to date training facilities.

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Christmas Retailers Night Wrapped Up

On Tuesday we held our final NGIWA/GCA Retailers Night for 2016.  The theme was 'Christmas Retailing' and our 40+ guests were entertained by Sabrina Hahn, who presented 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Christmas Retail".  Our sponsors for the night, Sunpalm Australia showcased their Langley Fertilizer product, Troforte and members learned a thing or two about christmas wrapping.

Special thanks to new NGIWA members, Caitlin and Simon Mitchell of Miaflora Garden Centre in Inglewood, for allowing us to hold this event in their pretty fairy lit establishment.  The balmy evening meant we could put on a barbeque following the presentations where everyone was able to mingle, network and build friendships.

NEW MEMBER: The Green Life Soil Co.

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

Member Profile - Fickle Prickles

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.

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NEW MEMBER: Greentech

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.

Member Profile - Dawson's Garden World

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.

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NEW MEMBER: Graf Australia

Welcome to our latest NGIWA members, Graf Australia who are based in Henderson and specialise in the manufacture of rainwater tanks and eco-friendly waterwise solutions.  Visit their website at

Member Profile - Norwood Industries

Norwood industries is a household name not only with growers and retailers in the horticultural industry but gardeners of every kind who have come in contact with plant labels across Australia. It is Norwood who are behind the thousands of plant labels that can be found with our plants.

Norwood is a 3rd generation family printing business that was established by the Eason family in 1960.

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Member Profile - Men Of The Trees (Hazelmere)

The St Barbe Grove Nursery, located in Hazelmere, is the headquarters of Men of The Trees in Western Australia. The nursery was established in 1987 to support the mission of bringing people together to plant and grow trees, and in doing so achieve healthy, productive and sustainable landscapes. MOTT is NIASA accredited and EcoHort certified through the FMS program.

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NextGen Tour Of Richgro

On Wednesday, our NGIWA Nextgen group (aged 18-35) were provided with an amazing opportunity to have an inside look at Richgro’s Bioenergy plant located at their Jandakot site. A first in the Southern Hemisphere, Richgro’s $8 million enclosed Anaerobic Digestion Plant  is turning tonnes of waste from many commercial companies, that would otherwise go to landfill, into clean energy and power that can be exported back to the grid.

The tour was led by Tim Richards of Richgro, who explained in great detail all the different processes involved in creating up to 2MWE of electricity via their anaerobic digestion plant. Tim made mention of similar anaerobic digestion plants already operating in Germany and the U.S, which really brought home how far ahead other countries are in producing renewable energy. Everyone agreed, it was a very interesting and informative tour which gave them great insight into the ‘green’ alternatives available for creating power well into the future.

A big thanks to the Richgro team for hosting the tour, and our industry sponsor Water Corporation for sponsoring the event. Also, thanks to Matthew lunn, NGIWA CEO who cooked a delicious bbq lunch for all who attended.


Michael Gorman (NextGen Coordinator)

NEW MEMBER: Tim Eva's Nursery

Welcome to the crew from Tim Eva's Nursery who are our latest NGIWA member.  Since 1995, Tim Eva's Tree Farm and Wholesale Nursery has provided excellence in horticultural advice and personal service direct to the public.

Tim Eva's Nursery specialises in advanced trees, unusual plant varieties and special requests. Just 10 minutes from Midland Town, Tim Eva's is situated amongst 30 acres of Hills pasture along Toodyay Road.

Meeting The Minister

NGIWA CEO, Matthew Lunn had a meeting with the Hon. Albert Jacob (Minister For Environment & Heritage) last month where he discussed our Association, the value of accreditation within the industry and the 202020 Vision program.

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