What's news...
  • CEO News - Behind The Scenes
  • Biosecurity Alert - Tomato Potato Psyllid
  • NGIWA Win Plant Directory Contract
  • Retailer's Night - Water Plants With Steve Woods
  • Member Profile - Garden Elegance
  • Suburbs On The Verge Of A Green Revolution
  • Nursery Industry Urged To Outline Pest Priorities
  • Small Business Workshop - March 21
  • MIFGS - 29 March to 2 April
  • Garden Releaf Day - March 19
  • Join Us At The Next NGIWA Board Meeting
  • Your Nursery Levy At Work
  • Fertiliser Wise Fertiliser Training
  • Job Vacancy - Propagation Manager
  • Nursery Standard For Assessing Quality Tree Stock
  • Hatched!
  • Vale John Cole
  • Advertise in NGIWA eNews!
  • Upcoming NGIWA Workshops & Events
CEO News - Behind The Scenes
A warm welcome to our February eNews for 2017.
By now you will have all received information either via email, telephone or other media outlets that we have been hit by the detection of the Tomato Potato Psyllid. For the past few weeks I have been working closely with DAFWA on this exotic plant pest and have contacted personally those growers who have plants of the Solonacea and Convolulacea families, with tomatoes, potatoes, chilli’s, capsicum and eggplants all under major surveillance.   
[read more...]
Biosecurity Alert - Tomato Potato Psyllid
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.

[Read latest update here...]
NGIWA Win Plant Directory Contract
NGIWA are delighted to announce that the Water Corporation has recently awarded the contract to review and upgrade the existing Waterwise Plants for WA directory.
This directory was original created in 2006 and was further expanded in 2010 so that it could have a more holistic and state-wide focus incorporating regional areas.
In December 2016, NGIWA were invited to attend a presentation by the Water Corporation and to provide feedback on how we saw the existing plant list being modified and what key categories needed to be added. Now, as a member’s benefit, during the search process there will be information on plant availability and where to buy. NGIWA member garden centres and nurseries will be listed on a postcode search.
At present there are 665 plants listed and it is our intention to use the NGIWA member network to provide feed-back on the present plant listing and recommendations for future entries. We will be also setting up a smaller working party to discuss the existing plant list and are looking for expressions of interest from members who would be keen to be a part of the plant selection process. 

If you are interested in being part of this working party, please contact Jane Cleary on 0419 930008 or email
Retailer's Night - Water Plants with Steve Woods
On Tuesday we held our first Retailers Night for 2017 - the topic was water plants presented by Steve Woods (thanks Steve!).  Around 30 members attended the event and enjoyed the gourmet pizza selection which was held in the beautiful Guildford Town Garden Centre.  Joanne and her team were fantastic hosts and we have received plenty of praises for the evening. Thanks also to Jackie Hooper who spoke on behalf of our sponsor, Garden Centres Association of Australia, reminding us all about Garden Releaf which is happening next month (see info below).
Member Profile - Garden Elegance
When next in Subiaco, we suggest you head to 150 Railway Road where you will stumble across one of WA’s best garden centre secrets, Garden Elegance.
On arrival you are greeted with good old fashioned service with the warm smile of Richard and Gwen Hamer, owners for nearly 40 years of this, as the name states, elegant garden centre.
First impressions might give the feeling it’s all packed in along the adjacent railway line but nothing could be further from the truth with everything the home gardener could dream of all perfectly displayed and accessible.  [read more...]
Suburbs On The Verge Of A Green Revolution
Click here to read the story from The West Australian
Nursery Industry Urged To Outline Pest Priorities
The nursery industry is inviting growers to provide their feedback on plant pest priorities through an online survey to help fast-track safe and effective chemical registration for Australian nursery production.  

Nursery & Garden Industry Austalia (NGIA), in partnership with Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation), is conducting the survey to understand which pests are most affecting production, and determine how gaps in the supply of chemicals can affect growers.   [Read more...]
Small Business Workshop - 12 Step Business Plan
Tuesday 21st March 2017  10am to 1pm
FFTI Boardroom, East Vic Park

If you want to grow your business, need to secure finance, or simply want to develop your business idea, then this 12 Step Business Plan workshop is for you. Designed to ‘ease’ you into business planning, this three-hour workshop helps clarify why a business plan can be such an important tool for any small business operator. Business plans provide a framework for your business and can help you identify the resources you’ll need for the future.

At the end of this workshop you will understand:

– what goes into a business plan and why

– the importance of developing a marketing plan

– why a financial strategy is useful

– how a SWOT analysis can help you identify your business hotspots

– why reviewing performance is so important

This is a FREE event for NGIWA members and only $15pp for non-members (this workshop normally costs $50pp to attend).  You will not be expected to develop a business plan at this workshop however the content covered will definitely help put you ahead of your competitors.

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP by FRIDAY 17th March 2017 by clicking here

Thank you to the Small Business Development Corporation for kindly offering this workshop to our members. 

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
The internationally renown Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) is on again from 29th March to 2nd April.  NGIWA CEO, Matthew Lunn, will be heading over to the show for a special 'behind the scenes' tour with organisers.  He hopes to learn a thing or two that he can bring back and use at our own Perth Garden Festival which kicks off on Thursday 27th April.
Garden Releaf Day - March 19

Independent garden centres across Australia will once again be supporting the Garden Releaf program in 2017 with Garden Releaf Day set for Sunday March 19. Focusing on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives, garden centres will be exploding with colour, plenty of fun activities and informative events across the day (and for some the weekend also).The aim is to encourage people to get into their garden and get planting – or take someone to a garden to just enjoy.

Gardens and colour continue to prove to be beneficial for positive mental health and wellbeing so Garden Releaf Day will be themed around Colour for Health. The Garden centres will be bursting with colour and beautiful plants and this will once again support beyond blue through related fund raising activities in the lead up to and on the day.

For more information visit

Join Us At The Next NGIWA Board Meeting - Tuesday 14th March
Have you ever wanted to be a little more involved in our Association but not sure how?  Are you thinking you might like to join the NGIWA Board but are a little unsure?

Why not come along to one of our Board meetings - held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Food, Fibre & Timber Industries office in East Victoria Park.  The meetings run from 1.30 to 4.30 - you even get lunch!

This is a great opportunity for our members to see what happens 'behind the scenes' and to voice your opinion on a variety of topics relating to the running of the Association and in relation to the industry.

We would love to see you get involved!  Contact Jane Cleary on 0419 930008 or email for further information.
Your Nursery Levy At Work

During 2015/16 your nursery levy helped fund an investment of almost $2 million in nursery industry R&D and marketing projects to improve grower productivity and profitability and ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry. Projects included tree health, biosecurity and risk management, promotion of green space and mitigating heat stress in urban communities, production efficiencies and broader industry development [read more...]

Fertiliser Wise Fertiliser Training
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Job Vacancy
Propagation Manager (Full Time)

Due to our continued growth we are looking to enhance our management team with the appointment of a Propagation Manager. Our client is a family owned nursery, specialising in the propagation and production of quality plants for the landscape and revegetation industries. Working in this key position you will manage the daily production of plants from seed, cutting, grafting and tissue culture deflasking to achieve monthly production targets.

For further information please call Laura Crowe at Hudson on 9323 0274.

[Download job description here]
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Data To Bolster Nursery Standard For Assessing Quality Tree Stock
The research team from Western Sydney University leading the project Evaluation of nursery tree stock balance parameters (NY15001) have visited over 23 production nurseries around Australia, and measured upwards of 13,000 trees. The research will help to ensure buyers such as local councils, town planners and developers can purchase trees of consistent, nationally recognised quality that are durable and resilient in Australia's climate.  [read more...]

Congratulations to NGIWA Board member and NextGen Co-ordinator, Michael Gorman and his wife, Lisa on the safe arrival of their first baby, Myles Patrick on Tuesday.
Vale John Cole
We were saddened to hear of the passing of John Cole who was a big identity in the nursery and garden industry in Western Australia. On behalf of the staff and Board of NGIWA we extend our sympathy to John's family and friends.
John Cole was born in 1941 and on leaving school qualified as a butcher but moved on to become a landscape contractor of note before deciding to open Butterfly Garden Centre in Willetton in the early 70’s. This operation was highly successful in marketing garden design and many plants that were unique to the nursery.  
John travelled both east and overseas a great deal to not only seek products but also ideas. He was elected President of the WA Nursery Mans Association around the time of discounted plant material readily heated up. It did not sit comfortably with John so he sold Butterfly Garden Centre whilst values were holding.
He acquired land in Beenyup Road Banjup developing a nursery for his two sons Michael & Darren adding a garden centre complete with coffee shop, one of the first in WA.
To promote this new facility TV advertising was used, maintaining this unique difference, with other points of difference being azaleas & camellias, advanced trees, pottery range and koi fish.
John always had the support of his wife Jill and their sons Michael & Darren who will be continuing the business on into the future.
His well attended funeral included many from the nursery industry including some from the Eastern States.
Vale John
by Geoff Richards, Richgro
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NGIWA eNews is one of our key communications that hits all of our member's in-boxes each month.  At present our eNews database is around 250 and is growing rapidly.

Do you have an event you wish to promote, a training course you wish to 
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Upcoming NGIWA Workshops and Events
March 14
NGIWA Board Meeting

March 21
12 Step Business Plan Workshop
FFTI Boardroom, East Vic Park Centre

March 22
Parks Managers Forum
Swan Room, Burswood On Swan

April 27-30
Perth Garden Festival

McCallum Park, Victoria Park
June 29
NGIWA Members' Breakfast

Caversham House, Swan Valley

Date TBA
NGIWA Awards Night

Mount Lawley Golf Club

August (Date TBA)
NGIWA State Conference & Tour

Assured Ascot Quays

Head to our website for full details, bookings and sponsorship opportunities - simply click here
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