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.
Please find attached the pay guide for the 2010 Nursery Award (MA000033).
Pay rates apply from 1st July 2016.
Following the NGIWA Board meeting on Tuesday 14th June, we hosted the NGIA Structure Review Forum where eight members attended to have their say. Key discussion points included the present NGI structure, and what everyone felt should be retained and what should be considered for change.
Nuts About Natives is a small contract based wholesale plant propagation business which has been operating since October 2000. Under the ownership of Ben Croxford and Anouska Cousin they focus predominantly on indigenous plants from south-west WA, however they also grow some other Australian plants and South African Proteaceae.
The first meeting of the Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the nursery industry was held in Sydney recently. The panel is made up of growers and industry leaders including NGIWA President Carole Fudge, and one of its main tasks is to assess research proposals against the industries priorities.
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.
Around 20 NGIWA members and guests from the DAFWA Biosecurity team came together for our inaugural Biosecurity and Quarantine Forum. Presentations included the future of biosecurity and the impact of not taking preventive measures, as well as import / export policies and quarantine regulations.
As I started compiling my first round of members to go and visit I was keen to reacquaint my friendship with Kim Bailey. I have known Kim for the best part of twenty years; working closely with him and his team on fertiliser programs at Curtin University, on industry committees and on Curtin 100.1 FM.
Below are the prices for NGIWA membership fees applicable from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018. Membership is open to any business involved in the nursery or allied industry. We also have special free memberships for horticulture students who may wish to join our NextGen group. All full memberships include affiliation for Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA).