Perth Garden Festival Wrap Up
What a success PGF 2015 at McCallum Park was this year with great ambience, venue and million dollar smiles from EVERYONE. Even the weather was great, and the downpour ten minutes after closing on Sunday brought about chuckles amongst many trying to pack up. Such was the positive mood at the festival this year. NGIWA would like to thank YOU for your participation, wish you great success in continuous business the rest of the year, and look forwards to seeing you at the next festival, targeted for April 28 - May 1, 2016. We look forwards to welcoming back ALL of you:
- First and foremost, exhibitors from nurseries, garden centres, regardless of membership of NGIWA or not, your support at this event in stock and displays were outstanding;
- Secondly, the other backbone of a good garden show - Landscapers, Landscape Designers, Association reps, nurseries, garden retailers, allied and sponsors, and lecturers + students who put in weeks/months of work presenting their individual landscape displays;
- All other allied and trade exhibitors that return to this show/festival year after year;
- The many speakers from HMA that shared their passion, skills and knowledge to visitors;
- Staff, family and friends who visit the show and made this a great weekend event of gatherings of industry people;
- Many horticultural and non-horticultural non-profit organisations who proudly flew their banners at this event + brought in the support of their members to exhibit or visit, while tirelessly educating the public;
- Good caterers, coffee vans and ice cream caterers that gave more good reasons to make it out for a gathering of family or friends, or work meetings; and
- Ellenby Tree Farm deserved special mention for not only the team put together an intriguing landscape display, but also donated all proceeds from sales to the families who suffered the earthquake in Nepal. This also brought out generosity in visitors, which resulted in raising a total of $10K for the cause.
- Improvements are also in part thanks to:
- Event Management team from CSA, who worked hard to make the 2nd year a great success - with enthusiasm, drive and great networks, adding sponsors and visitors outside the traditional realms of horticulture;
- NGIWA Board for their wisdom and feedback from decades of lessons from the industry and an iconic show, whilst supporting as volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors of stock for landscape displays; and last but not least
- PGF subcommittee, which comprised of reps from CSA team, reps from NGIWA Board & NGIWA CEO. This group held numerous strategy and planning meetings, worked to analyse all the feedback from the past years - the good, the bad and the ugly, and brought you the best of the best.
Congregating in common goal of making it an experience for visitors to visit the festival. Whilst it is education & inspiration in amenity horticulture to the public/visitors was the medium / pull factor of the festival - though ultimately it is happiness from participation by ALL that is the measure of its success!
"I was lucky enough to spend some time in Perth for the Perth Garden Festival in early May. It was a great show and it was lovely to speak to so many passionate WA gardeners. Quite a few show visitors came well prepared and had brought along plant pests to identify and also had photos to proudly show us of their garden. I'm looking forward to the 2016 show already."
Angie Thomas, Yates