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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NGIWA membership covers a variety of horticultural organisations and we are delighted to have as part of our portfolio, a number of community nurseries. Recently I made the trip to North Fremantle to catch up with the staff at Apace nursery and see first-hand the benefits the local community can gain by having such an organisation on their doorstep.
We feel quite excited to be able to bring some big names in Australian gardening to our NGIWA/GCA Retailers Night series and the next one is no exception.
Sabrina Hahn shares her expertise and passion for green spaces regularly on ABC radio and in The West Australian and contributes articles for Gardening Australia and Organic Gardener. She will be attending our next Retailers Night on November 15th, speaking about 'the good, the bad and the ugly of Christmas Retailing'.
So mark this in your diaries - full event details will be posted soon!
Our NextGen group (18-35 years) were treated to a fantastic propagation workshop at the Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority (Kings Park Nursery) yesterday. Over 35 attended and were provided with an enthralling insight into propagating techniques led by Nursery Curator, Amanda Shade and staff from BGPA. Michael Gorman, our NextGen Co-ordinator, spoke about how NGIWA was focused on growing this group and thanked everyone for their great support. Big thanks to our industry partner, Water Corporation, for kindly sponsoring the event. Everyone agreed it was a terrific hands on experience!!
Welcome to Paul and Emma Beveridge of Perth Hills Veggie Co Pty Ltd who have joined NGIWA. Located in Oakford, the Perth Hills Veggie Co Pty Ltd specialise in heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seedlings and living herbs for the wholesale market. Paul has also joined our NextGen WA Group.
NGIWA were delighted to host a two-day tour of the Shrub and Tree Growers of NGIV in July. Sites visited included Domus Nursery, Benara Nurseries, Plantrite, Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Floraplant and Hope Valley Nursery. As part of the visit, NGIWA members were invited to join the touring party for an evening dinner at Little Creatures in Fremantle.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Welcome to our latest NGIWA member, Miaflora Garden Centre.
Located on trendy Beaufort Street in Inglewood, Miaflora attracts customers with its large selection of plants and beautiful range of unique, quality giftware. It is an Industry Accredited Garden Centre (AGCAS).
Twelve months ago whilst visiting the Pinjarra Garden Festival I met Paul Beveridge for the first time. Paul is the latest breed of growers aiming at the niche market of selling freshly grown vegetables to gardeners so that they can eat what they grow. Paul admits quite openly he is not a horticulturist but an accountant by profession but in a space of twelve months from setting up his business, The Perth Hills Veggie Co has gone from strength to strength and his range of heirloom vegetables is growing too.
A fantastic evening last night at Waldecks Nursery in Stirling, who kindly hosted our "Spring Is In The Air" Retailers Night. This event was generously sponsored by Domus Nursery and Garden Centres Association of Australia. Around 40 members and guests enjoyed Mark Tucek's (Domus Nursery) presentation of new spring plant releases and Deryn Thorpe provided us with a great behind the scenes look into garden tourism and the rebirth of the Open Gardens scheme in WA. Everyone was treated to a special guest appearance from ABC Gardening Australia presenter Angus Stewart who spoke about his latest book on native gardens. The evening finished off nicely with freshly made pizzas and networking.
Angus Stewart will be attending our Retailers Night this Wednesday. His groundbreaking work with native plants and his appearances on ABC Radio's Weekends with Simon Marnie and ABC TV's Gardening Australia have seen him emerge as Australia's leading expert when it comes to native plants and their untapped possibilities.
To RSVP to this event, simply head over to our Events page.
Wattle Grove is home to a number of horticultural businesses, and I was delighted recently to catch up with plant grower, John Ogilvie of Ozscot Horticulture. John has been in the industry for over 25 years and during that time has supported many other growers and nurseries with his large variety of tube stock plant material.