Garden Releaf 2015

GCA and beyondblue are delighted with the garden RELEAF result, raising $57,000 for the charity. Congratulations to our WA members for their support with particular thanks to Guildford Town and Zanthorrea. We will publish a full report as feedback comes in from around Australia.

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Don't Be A Victim

Minimising crime in small business

Small business owners can fall victim to crimes ranging from vandalism and retail theft, to robbery and online fraud, by unknown assailants, clients, customers, competition or even staff.

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Making The Most Out Of A Marketing Opportunity

Our recent marketing seminar, held in conjunction with Corporate Sports Australia was aimed at making the most of exhibiting at this year's Perth Garden Festival. We had over 35 attendees who gained valuable information, learned some effective marketing techniques and shared the experiences of past exhibitors.

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Waterwise Garden Centre News

If you are a Waterwise Garden Centre it is important that you walk the talk. Your nursery should be modelling waterwise techniques such as using efficient reticulation systems and including waterwise plants in the display gardens but it’s your staff who are the key to educating your customers on how they can be wise with water at home.

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Adele Scarfoni Men Of The Trees, Hazelmere

When did you join the industry and what was your first job?

I started at Men of the Trees in 2012 but my first job was at Secret Garden when I was 18 doing landscaping and working in their nursery. My first day was probably lugging mulch around.

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Grow Your Business in 6 Bold Steps

Growing your business is difficult. It takes time, discipline, and hard work — there are no shortcuts.

You need a structured, disciplined approach that you must consistently do each and every day. Here are some tips to help you achieve business growth:-

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John Ogilvie Ozscot Horticulture

When did you join the industry and what was your first job?

I started after I left school when I was 19; I went to Horticulture College in the east of Scotland. I was working in the winter pruning raspberry canes in minus 2° and realised that I needed to qualify to get to move to Australia.

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Creating a Social Media Marketing Plan

Ever heard the saying "Failing to plan is planning to fail?" That old but wise adage often rings true when it comes to social media marketing. Creating a detailed, goal-oriented social-media strategy is just as important as having a rock solid business plan.

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Barb Skilton - Boyanup Botanicals

When did you join the industry and what was your first job?

I started in a nursery eleven years ago and my first job was consolidating farm trees out there in 40°C heat and I thought, “What the h&%^$!”. I still do it in 40°C heat now.

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Zanthorrea raise $2552 for Beyond Blue

Many nurseries around Australia took part in Garden Releaf over the weekend of the 7th and 8th March; an event to encourage people to get into their gardens and get gardening. The theme this year was blue, with money raised going towards the charity Beyond Blue.

Zanthorrea Nursery were one of the nurseries here in WA who took part and raised $2552.


Save The Crabs - Then Eat Them!

The "Save The Crabs, Then Eat Them" campaign, as part of the South West Catchment Council's "Home River Ocean" program, encourages urban gardeners not to fertilise in winter when the fertiliser is most likely to leach and run off into waterways.

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Be Safe During Lightning Storms

Following the tragic death of a man during one of our recent lightning storms, and the fact that many of our members and their employees spend so much time working outdoors, we thought we would remind everyone that safety is number one at the first sign of lightning.

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Waterwise Garden Centre News

One of the bad habits that business owners fall into is that they always follow the same trail through their garden centre; they forget to look at how everything looks through the eyes of their customers who wander around in loops and take in every little thing that is presented (good or bad!).

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Waterwise Garden Centre News

Use the Waterwise Garden Centre logo to your advantage by including it in your email signature, correspondence and marketing to customers, on your website and Facebook page and also consider, if you have the capacity, to utilise it as a message on the receipt that’s given after making a sale.

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