What's news..
  • NGIWA AGM - update
  • Presentation: Is Your Business Bushfire Ready?
  • NGIWA End of Year Party/Awards Presentation
  • Nursery & Garden Industry Awards - closing soon
  • NGIA National Conference 
  • Biosecurity Update - Pyriform Scale
  • NIASA Accredited Nursery: Fairbridge WA Inc
  • Putting A Dollar Value On Trees
  • Funding Grants For Women In Retail & Wholesale
  • Garden Releaf 2016
NGIWA AGM - update
On Wednesday 26th August we held our Annual General Meeting where our new Board were elected. Congratulations to Carole Fudge (from Benara Nurseries) who was unanimously appointed NGIWA President and Colin Groom who is now our Vice-President.  Colin remains the WA representative on the NGIA Board. 

The NGIWA Board 2015-2016 (from L to R):-
Ross Hooper, Geoff Richards, Nancy Scade, Carole Fudge, Colin Groom, Michael Gorman and Craig Woodroffe (Genevieve Bailey and Leon Spratt not pictured)

Neville Passmore was presented with the NGIWA Lifetime Membership, recognised and acknowledged for his life-long dedication to the nursery and garden industry in Western Australia. Colin Groom (NGIWA President 2013-2015) presented Neville with him pin and read his story to the attendees of the AGM.  To read Neville's citation, please click here to download.

Is Your Business Prepared For Bushfire Season?

Presentation: Wednesday 28th October from 4pm to 6pm
Dome Cafe "Ballroom", 219-221 Railway Prd Maylands (opp train station)

Cost: Free to NGIWA members; $30 (incl GST) for all non members
No one wants to deal with an emergency situation such as a bushfire, but we do live and work in fire prone conditions so the only thing that you and your team can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED THIS BUSHFIRE SEASON??  The speakers that we have organised for this special presentation will help you to better understand how you can protect your staff, your property and your business.
4.00 - 5.00pm     Presenter: David Gossage (Director, Preplan Pty Ltd)
5.00 - 5.45pm     Presenter: Michael Brown (Director, Veritas Insurance)
5.45 - 6.00pm     Update by NGIWA CEO, Esther Ngang
A flyer will be sent out shortly with full details - but for further information please do not hesitate to contact Jane Cleary on 0419 930008
NGIWA End Of Year Party - Barefoot Lawn Bowls!

Thursday 18th November from 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Mount Lawley Bowling Club, crn Storthes & Rookwood St Mt Lawley
To celebrate the start of the festive season and to thank you all for your support throughout 2015, NGIWA invite you, your staff and families to join us for some fun - Barefoot Lawn Bowls!

Entertainment provided by international vocalist, Bernadine and delicious paella served up by the cool team at PaiTumaca.

Even if lawn bowls is not your thing, there will still be plenty to enjoy!
So come along, make up a team and have some fun.

Following the bowls, we will be holding the NGIA Awards and Waterwise Awards.  More information to follow!
Nursery & Garden Industry Awards - closing soon!
Do you ever stand back from your business and think, how are we really doing and what can we do to improve?
One way of really rewarding yourself is to enter the Nursery and Garden Industry Awards - but get in quick as entries close on October 12. Not only does the entry process give you a chance to demonstrate what you are doing well, it can also highlight some of the ways you can improve further. In fact, entering any awards, makes good marketing sense in more ways than one.

Winning a national award is recognition of excellence in what you do and usually a source of further inspiration if you talk to previous winners.  In 2014, Alcoa's Marrinup Nursery won "Best Propagation Nursery".  Mike Muller (former Production Supervisor) said the National award was a huge recognition for the team given the large amount of nurseries there were in Australia. It also recognised the amount of research and development that has taken place over the years into propagating endemic species of plants of the Northern Jarrah Forrest. “All finalists were assessed on the range of propagation techniques used and the quality of procedures, which includes safety, hygiene standards, work instructions and record keeping. At Marrinup we propagate from seed, cuttings and tissue culture, and many of these species are difficult to propagate. It was such a great honour to win, especially when you are up against the best Propagation Nurseries in Australia. The team is working so hard at the moment and doing a great job to increase their production while reducing the cost per plant.”

Full details are now online.  Please note that support is available to submit entries on line from NGIA. The judging process remains unchanged from 2015 and is available for viewing here.
NGIA National Conference - 15th to 17th February 2016 (Adelaide)

Every two years a national Nursery & Garden Industry Conference is held in an Australian city and over the past 30 years it has attracted an average of 300 delegates – growers, retailers, suppliers and stakeholders. In 2016 the conference returns to one of the favourite conference cities, Adelaide, from February 15-17.

Join your industry colleagues to hear about the opportunities for the nursery sector over the next four years. The 2016 National Conference & Exhibition will deliver a program showcasing a solutions focused industry that is strategic, professional and adaptable.

For more details please contact Kobie
 Keenan at NGIA on
1800 252468 (toll free) or via email at or visit the website (click here).
Biosecurity Update: Pyriform scale (Protopulvinaria pyriformis) 
In May this year Pyriform scale (Protopulvinaria pyriformis) was discovered in the Perth metropolitan area. Later detections have been made on a variety of host plants in a number of surrounding suburban areas in Perth. These detections are believed to be the first detection of this scale (and genus) in Australia.
Pyriform scale is a polyphagous soft scale, native to South America. In recent years it has become a major pest of bay trees in urban landscapes of Greece and Spain. Direct damage is caused by pyriform scales feeding on plant sap and affecting the plants’ nutrient uptake. Heavy infestations of pyriform scale on plants can result in reduced vigour, leaf drop and reduction in size and quality of fruit. Indirect damage is caused by the growth of black sooty mould on leaves. Sooty mould growth is encouraged by honeydew secreted by pyriform scales as they feed. Sooty mould covers leaves and fruit, blocking sunlight and minimising the energy available to the plant.
Pyriform scale has a wide host range of more than 100 species across 34 plant families. Hosts include a number of horticultural and ornamental plants such as mango, avocado, citrus, banana, guava, passionfruit, pomegranate, papaya, eucalyptus, hibiscus, gardenia, ivy, myrtle, laurels, paperplant and frangipani.

DEDJTR (DEPI) will be circulating an industry notice shortly to provide further information about the scale and will most likely be commencing surveillance in the next few weeks. Once present, plant pests can extend their range and impact areas that were previously thought to be clear. In the last year there were 25 reports of known plant pests that have extended their range.
Suspected plant pests that are new or have extended their range should be reported to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.
NEW!  Fairbridge Western Australia Inc. Receives NIASA Accreditation

Congratulations to Fairbridge Western Australia Inc who are now a NIASA accredited nursery.  NIASA (Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia) is a national scheme for production nurseries (growers) and growing media (potting mix) businesses which operate in accordance with a set of national ‘best practice’ guidelines.
Putting A Dollar Value On Trees
An inner-city Perth councillor wants to assign trees with a dollar value that must be taken into account in planning decisions, weighted according to the trees economic, environmental and health benefits. City of Bayswater councillor Chris Cornish says that suburban Perth trees could be valued from $10,000 up to around $50,000 to deter attitudes among councils and developers causing the loss of established trees. If a tree still needs to be knocked down, he believes it should be treated as an assett and paid for by the developer.  Read more...
Funding Grants For Women In The Retail and Wholesale Sector
In 2015, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors. From July 1 2015, the initiative will provide women in the retail and wholesale sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the retail and wholesale sector at two levels - senior management and women managers.
For full details and to request a Scholarship Grant Application form simply click on this link.
Garden Releaf 2016
Garden RELEAF is unashamedly aimed at helping Independent Garden Centres lift their profile via a PR campaign. It aims to bring more customers through the centres and encourage everyone to have events and importantly a fun time.  The dates are now set for 2016 - the 8th and 9th April.  Full details will be on the website shortly at

Zanthorrea Nursery and Guildford Town Garden Centre took part in 2015, raising money for Beyond Blue. Click on this link to read more about what Guildford Town Garden Centre did.
Garden RELEAF:
get into the garden, have fun, be happy and de-stress your life
Upcoming NGIWA Workshops and Events
October 13
NGIWA Board meeting

October 28
Are You Bushfire Ready?

Wednesday 28th October 4pm-6pm
Dome Cafe "Ballroom", Maylands

November 18
NGIWA "Barefoot Lawn Bowls"
5.30pm - 8.30pm
Mount Lawley Bowling Club

February 15-17
NGIA National Conference 2016 (Adelaide, SA)

April 8-9
Garden Releaf 2016

April 28 to May 1
2016 Perth Garden Festival
Contact us for full details and bookings
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