Our members and guests were spoilt last night at our first NGIWA Retailers Night for 2019. Held at Zanthorrea Nursery the discussion focused on new plant releases for autumn.
Our thanks to Nancy Scade (Australian Native Nursery Group), Carole Fudge (Benara Nurseries), Craig Woodroffe (Ellenby Tree Farm) and Mark Tucek (Domus Nursery) for their enlightening and informative presentations and to Troy Franks of Richgro, who sponsored the evening.
On Wednesday the 29th of August we had a great workshop with Jurek Leon at the Richgro headquaters. It was an enjoyable and informative session, and everyone took away some great points on how to look through the customers eyes when judging us and our businesses. We learned the importance of identifying the different customer types and assessing what matters most to them, then looking at some of the non-essential things you do that can improve your customer's experience.
Thank you to the sponsors of the workshop: Richgro and GCA, to Jurek Leon from Terrific Trading for a really good workshop, and to everyone who could come along and share their own customer service experiences.
Our NGIWA member family continues to grow with the recent addition of Soil Solver to the group. Welcome Joy Ross and her team!
Soil Solver is friable and easy to blend into sand. Simply measure and pour over the surface of the area to be treated and mix into the top 10cm of the garden sand, add well matured compost and then mulch over the top. You will immediately see the difference in texture, and moisture content.
Use Soil Solver to permanently change the structure of the sandy, water repellant soil by adding the natural kaolin clay and silts. After that you only need a small amount of compost as food for the plants each year. Clay and silt helps the garden to thrive during hot summers and prevents the soil leaching nutrients by slowing down the rate that water moves down through the soil profile so that nutrients stay close to the roots where the plants are able to easily access it.
The first Nextgen event for 2018 just took place at the amazing ‘Nuts About Natives’ nursery in Karnup, and what an interesting tour it was! Starting off outside the tissue culture lab, Proprietors Ben Croxford and Anouska Cousin spoke about the finer details of tissue culture and the many seed recalcitrant species they’re able to successfully grow using this technique. Ben then showed us around the different growing areas, speaking about their deflasking and hardening processes and many other facets of their small yet very successful operation.
The tour concluded with a delicious bbq where everyone had the opportunity to chat and network with some new and familiar people within the industry.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ben and Anouska for showing us all around their very interesting nursery which I’m sure everyone can agree, was worth the visit. Also a special thanks to our Nextgen event sponsor Baileys Fertiliser.
Stay tuned for our more great Nextgen events in the coming months.
Coast Road Palms are one of the latest nurseries to join NGIWA and this month we took a behind the scenes look at one of Perth’s leading tropical plant growers.
Tucked off Bennett Springs Drive, Bennett Springs Beechboro, Coast Road Palms began from some very humble beginnings in 1987 on 10 acres of what can only be described as desert sands. Today, what started out as a hobby, Lou and Connie Varischetti, owners of Coast Road Palms, have now turned into a thriving family run business.
Welcome to the team from Volunteer Task Force who recently joined NGIWA as Associate Members.
Volunteer Task Force (VTF) has been serving the community since 1970. Their mission is to deliver services that support independence, enhance safety and amenity of people, and to build community through volunteering. Their services are aimed at supporting those who have difficulty with everyday tasks due to frailty or disability and they take an enablement approach with a focus on providing services “with” a person and not “for” or “to” a person. They work in partnership with people and their carers to increase independence and physical and social wellbeing.
Volunteer Task Force Inc. has recently announced that they will be merging with Community First International and Care Options Inc. to create a bigger, stronger, WA-based care organisation. Their new organisation will deliver care and services to over 10,000 clients across metropolitan and regional WA with a 400-strong workforce and over 600 volunteers.
Last week NGIWA Nextgenners were treated to an engaging, practical and hands-on Corymbia grafting workshop held at the City of Stirling’s Council production nursery in Karrinyup. The workshop and practical demonstration was led by Amanda Shade, Assistant Nursery Curator from Kings Park Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority who guided the group of 50 through the ins and outs of Grafting Corymbia ficifolia (Western Australian Flowering Gum). The ‘Mummy graft’ was the technique chosen with Cormybia maculata (Spotted Gum) used for the rootstock. From the get go, everyone enthusiastically tried their hand at grafting their very own WA Flowering Gum, with most even taking them at the conclusion of the workshop! All that grafting was hungry work and many stayed on after to chat/network whilst enjoying a delicious BBQ for lunch.
NGIWA would like to say a huge thanks to Amanda Shade from Kings Park, our Nextgen sponsor Baileys Fertiliser, and the City of Stirling for hosting the event.
Welcome to the crew at Coast Road Palms who recently joined NGIWA. Coast Road Palms is a family business operating since 1987.
The nursery is set in 10 acres of tropical gardens, where you can view the growth of palms in their natural surrounds.
The NGIWA Annual General Meeting took place last Tuesday. Carole Fudge (Benara Nurseries) agreed to continue for a third term as NGIWA President and Craig Woodroffe (Ellenby Tree Farm) was elected Vice President. All previous board members - Nancy Scade (Australian Native Nursery), Geoff Richards (Richgro), Colin Groom (Domus Nursery), Genevieve Bailey (Baileys Fertiliser) and Michael Gorman (City Of Stirling) were re-elected for a further 12 months. Ross Hooper (Zanthorrea Nursery) will represent NGIWA on the national board.
We welcome our ninth board member elected, David Lullfitz from Plantrite making this the largest board NGIWA has had in many years. David brings considerable experience and knowledge to the table and we all look forward to working with him in growing this association.
Finally a thank you to our members who attended the AGM and dinner including Paul Beveridge (Perth Hills Veggie Co.), Kaye Close (Fickle Prickles), Delia Van Aurich (Hydroponics Xpress) and Neville Passmore (Honorary Member).
We are thrilled to have Linda and Paul Mitchener from The Green Life Soil Co. come on board as our latest NGIWA members. Understanding that Perth's sandy soils are are real challenge to grow anything in, they developed several specialist soil mixes designed to radically improve moisture and nutrient retention.
To learn more about The Green Life Soil Co. visit their website at www.greenlifesoil.com.au.