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  • CEO News - Formula Critical To Success
  • NextGen Aquaponics WA Tour
  • DAFWA TPP Briefing
  • Pest Could Cost Tens Of Millions Of Dollars
  • Garden Releaf Day At Zanthorrea Nursery
  • Perth Garden Festival - April 27-30
  • Baileys Hanging Basket Competition At PGF
  • Member Profile - Boyanup Botanical
  • From The Archives
  • Nursery Leadership Program
  • 202020 Vision Update
  • Why Millennials Are Becoming Proud Plant Parents
  • Join Us At The Next NGIWA Board Meeting
  • SMARTtrain Chemical Safety Courses
  • IMPORTANT - NGIWA Office Changes
  • Advertise in NGIWA eNews!
  • Upcoming NGIWA Workshops & Events
CEO News - Formula Critical To Success
With almost the first quarter of the year been and gone we now enter another busy period with the Perth Garden Festival looming towards the end of April and next week’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show which a number of you are visiting. It has also nearly been a year since I joined NGIWA and although the time has been enjoyable and positive, it is just as important now to reflect on those 12 months and not only note with a tick the achievements but also evaluate those areas which haven’t quite gone to plan.
The recent cancellation of events has left me wondering what are we doing wrong? I am concerned that perhaps we haven’t got the formulas right and in essence events are not a high priority with members. The truth of the matter is our daily lives are becoming increasingly busier with work and family commitments and the thought of attending an event, particularly after work hours, is just too much.   [read more...]
NextGen Aquaponics WA Tour
Wednesday 12th April  10.30am to 12.30pm
295 Warton Rd Canningvale

Aquaponics is the method of combining aquaculture and hydroponics to grow both fish and vegetables in a recirculating environment. With more emphasis being placed on sustainable practices, aquaponics is a great way of producing healthy food with significantly less water usage and without the need for artificial fertilisers.

WA gardening identity, Neville Passmore and partner Delia Van Aurich, welcome our NGIWA NextGenners (18-35 yrs) to tour Aquaponics WA on Wednesday 12th April from 10.30am to 12.30pm. 

Come along and see a different aspect of horticulture. Hydroponics and aeroponics are the major food growing systems for high end vegetables in Australia and internationally. These systems can readily be scaled down to home garden sizes. Aquaponics, where edible fish are used to provide nutrient for vegetable, herb and fruit production, is gaining a huge home garden following and bring families to a new way of growing food. Aquaponics WA has a retail store and out the back a demonstration farm showing working models of many different growing systems. 

You will also be involved in a special feeding session for the Rock Star Barramundi ….be prepared to be shocked and amazed.

The tour will be followed by a barbeque lunch and refreshments.  This is a FREE event for our NGIWA NextGen group thanks to Aquaponics WA and generous sponsorship provided by our friends at Water Corporation.

Places are STRICTLY limited - so you MUST RSVP by Tuesday 11th April by registering via our website online system - click on the link below.

Click here to register for this event!
Employers and business owners - do you have staff aged 18-35 who are keen on the industry and wish to expand their knowledge and experience?  Then encourage them to join the NGIWA NextGen group by visiting our website
click here
Through the generosity of our members (who kindly open their businesses, share their extensive experiences and knowledge and provide invaluable mentorship) and sponsorship through Water Corporation, NGIWA holds four dedicated tours and workshops throughout the year - FREE OF CHARGE, just like this one!  
This is a wonderful education and fellowship program provided by our industry leaders of today for our industry leaders of tomorrow.
DAFWA Tomato Potato Psyllid Briefing
With the recent arrival of TPP to Western Australia in February, NGIWA members were invited to attend a briefing session with DAFWA and the Incident Response Management team lead by Dr Kevin Chennel, Executive Director of Biosecurity and Regulation. Around 25 members attended the two hour presentation on the 14th March with representation from both the wholesale and retail segments of the nursery and garden industry.

Dr Darryl Hardie provided details on the world-wide occurrence of TPP in the Solanaceae family and explained the symptoms of psyllid infestations which included severe wilting of plants, yellowing leaf margins, honeydew and the shortening of stem internodes. He also discussed the ability of TPP to carry the bacterium ‘Candidatus Liberibacter Solancearum’.

Shane Bryant, Incident Control Manager and Rohan Prince, Industry Development Officer explained the present quarantined areas within WA and the current protocol for growers moving stock in and out of restricted zones.  John van Schagen, Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer, discussed the long term strategical direction from a national viewpoint, highlighting that it wasn’t so much 'if' it would cross our borders but when and that eradication was not a feasible option.

NGIWA will continue to forward updated information from DAFWA to our members and where possible assist members in areas such as growing and moving plants as well as offering support to the retail segment by providing information they can pass on to their customers.
Pest Could Cost Tens Of Millions Of Dollars

The damage bill from the outbreak of tomato potato psyllid in Western Australia could amount to tens of millions of dollars, according to Matthew Lunn, NGIWA CEO.

The WA Department of Agriculture and Food have confirmed the tomato potato psyllid has been found in 35 properties across the Perth metropolitan area including 15 commercial horticulture properties. Vegetables WA reported on its website that the potentially damaging exotic pest had been found in seedlings at three retail outlets  [read more...]

Garden Releaf Day - Zanthorrea Nursery

Garden Releaf is a national event organised by Garden Centres Association of Australia and it celebrates the start of the gardening season. This year in WA we couldn't have been blessed with a better day to start it off, we had the perfect weather to get out into the garden. People who came along to Zanthorrea enjoyed home made cakes by the team, a sausage sizzle, live music from the Black Chooks and inspirational talks by Sabrina Hahn and Leesa Hart on the healing powers the garden has on us. For the kids there was a treasure hunt in our display gardens, face painting and colouring in. Overall there was a fantastic positive buzz in the air, everyone was out and about enjoying plants and gardening and together we raised $2596.40 for beyondblue.

Ross Hooper, Zanthorrea Nursery

Perth Garden Festival - April 27-30
Perth Garden Festival is Western Australia’s longest running, and most prestigious, garden, landscape and outdoor living event. Bursting with colour, the Perth Garden Festival delights visitors with stunning garden concepts, landscape show gardens, breath taking floral displays, sustainable living ideas, garden trends, innovative products and abundance of information on outdoor living. The festival will be held from Thursday 27th April to Sunday 30th April 2017.

Make sure you come and visit the NGIWA Pavilion where, in collaboration with NGIWA members, we will promote the work NGIWA does and the importance of accreditation in the industry, members will be on hand to answer gardening-related questions and we will also have a members VIP refreshment station!
Baileys Hanging Basket Competition At PGF
Full Details - Click Here
Member Profile - Boyanup Botanical
Boyanup Botanical which first opened its doors in 2003, is a family owned nursery located on South West Highway in Boyanup, WA. Tucked about 1km from the main township, the nursery has a very eye catching appearance to passersby with its distinctive blue colours of the blue wren and collection of shade facilities which house their well stocked retail area and collection of model gardens. [read more...]
From The Archives
This 'blast from the past' was sent to us by Neville Passmore.  
Can you recognise any familiar faces??
Nursery Leadership Program
If you’re part of the nursery and garden industry, and interested in taking the next step in your leadership journey, now is your opportunity.

The Green Industry Growing Leaders Program is now calling for applications, and is open to anyone in the nursery supply chain who’s interested in building leadership skills in their own life, own business, or in the industry  [read more...]

Applications close Friday 5th May 2017

Click Here For Detailed Flyer
202020 Vision News - Australia's Tallest Indoor Greenwall
Collins Square, a commercial development in Melbourne, houses the largest and tallest indoor green wall in the Southern Hemisphere, provided by Fytogreen Australia. The impressive 52.9 metre living wall, used approximately 13,890 plants to provide a range of benefits to the building and its occupants. Over 16 species were used to provide a range of colours and textures, creating a lush vista for all offices spanning the 14 levels.

[read more...]
Why Millennials Are Becoming Proud Plant Parents
Millennials surrounded by a concrete jungle are creating an urban jungle in their apartments, with many taking on 'plant babies' in lieu of furbabies and actual babies. Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graff, the founders of Urban Jungle Bloggers discuss this trend  [read more...]
Join Us At The Next NGIWA Board Meeting - Tuesday 11th April
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 Matthew Lunn on 
0410714207 or email for further information.
South Metropolitan TAFE - SMARTtrain Chemical Safety Courses
SMARTtrain Chemical Application Course (Level 3)
A course for people that use pesticides with powered and hand-held application equipment. This course is suitable for those looking for training in the transportation, storage, application and record keeping of agricultural chemicals (including biological pesticides).
Cost: $580 Location: Murdoch campus 
South Metropolitan TAFE, RTO Code 52787
This 2 day course is available on the following dates 
• Monday 8 – Tuesday 9 May
• Monday 19 – Tuesday 20 June
SMARTtrain Chemical Risk Management (Level 4)
This course is suitable for training supervisors and managers with risk management skills to manage the transportation, storage, application and record keeping of agricultural chemicals (including biological pesticides). Participants must be accredited at Level 3 to achieve competence at Level 4.
Cost: $760 Location: Murdoch campus 
South Metropolitan TAFE, RTO Code 52787
This 2 day course is available on the following dates 
·         Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 May
SMARTtrain Chemical Application Reaccreditation
This course is for people who have previously completed a SMARTtrain level 3 chemical applications course and are seeking reaccreditation. Reaccreditation will maintain your chemical handling certification as current and you will be issued with a new SMARTtrain card.
Cost: $215 Location: Murdoch campus 
South Metropolitan TAFE, RTO Code 52787
This 3 hour course is available online anytime or on Campus on the following dates
·         Monday 24th April
·         Tuesday 21 November
Call 1800 001 001 or email for more information.
IMPORTANT - NGIWA Office Changes
Due to cost-cutting measures, the NGIWA office (administration, accounts and marketing) will only operate on Tuesdays.  Outside of these hours please contact Matthew Lunn on 0410714207.
Advertise in NGIWA eNews!
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 
advertise, a position you wish to fill, or a product you wish to sell?  All NGIWA members can use our eNews to do just that for FREE (up to five times per year).  Non-members will be charged a small fee.

We also have a great Facebook page and a new website being launched soon - perfect platforms where you can display your message!

For further details or to send in your advertisement, please contact Jane Cleary at
Keep up with all the LATEST NGIWA news via our Facebook page
Upcoming NGIWA Workshops and Events
April 11
NGIWA Board Meeting

April 12
NextGen Aquaponics WA Tour

April 27-30
Perth Garden Festival

McCallum Park, Victoria Park
June 29
NGIWA Members' Breakfast

Caversham House, Swan Valley

Date July (Date TBA)
NGIWA Awards Night

Mount Lawley Golf Club

August 17-18
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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