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!
Snakes are essential predators in the agricultural ecosystem, but close encounters can be uncomfortable and potentially fatal.
The attached PDF will give you and your staff some valuable information to help you stay 'snake safe' this summer.
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.
We have been advised that a female Asian Longhorned beetle has been found on a Perth building site recently. DAFWA have inspected the area and begun surveillance but no further beetles (or activity) have been detected. DAFWA are asking us all to keep an eye out for this pest, which they suspect was a single hitch-hiker on imported cargo.
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.
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).
Dawson's Garden World are running free rose pruning demonstrations at their Forrestfield, Joondalup, Swanbourne and O’Connor stores. All sessions start at 11am on the following days: