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 biennial national conference headed to Australia’s apple isle, Tasmania and Wrest Point Hotel, the home of Australia’s first casino on the outskirts of Hobart. Over 200 delegates attended with representation from NGI’s across the whole of Australia, national office staff, allied industries and organisations who were taking part as exhibitors. It was great to see a strong contingent of NGIWA board representatives and members including state president Carole Fudge, state national board member Ross Hooper, Colin Groom, Kylie James, Tim Parker, Geoff Richards, Mark Tucek and state biosecurity Certification auditor, Steve Blyth.
Held over three days, day one focused on industry tours to production and retail sites within a few hour’s drive of Hobart, with days two and three turning the attention to formal proceedings in the large auditoriums at the hotel. Members split into two groups for the industry tours and both buses were packed for visits to some of Tasmania’s best green life providers. Growers enjoyed visits to Tibballs Wholesale Nursery, Granton Plants, HALS and Westland Nursery; and retailers were spoilt with tours of Harmony Garden Centre, Clennetts Mitre 10, Greenhill Nursery, Plants of Tasmania Nursery and Chandlers Nursery. Both tours came back with glowing reports although the visits to a cider farm and winery for lunch may have lifted the spirits.
We held our Christmas drinks at the Balmoral Hotel in Vic Park last Tuesday to toast another successful year and catch up with old and new friends of the Association.
Joining us too were a number of industry guests including Ben Archibald from Touchwood Nursery, Paul Nash and the sales team from Corporate Sports Australia (CSA) and David and Kelly Parnham from the Parkerville Berry Company. It was also terrific to see a number of our Honorary Members there with Deryn Thorpe, John Colwill and Neville Passmore all participating in the festivities.
Benefits of being a member of NGIWA certainly came to the fore for the evening with all enjoying the opportunity to spend time networking and particularly with CSA present, ask plenty of questions with regard to next year’s Perth Garden Festival. Also on hand to answer questions was Steve Blyth, WA’s FMS auditor.
It really was pleasing to see so many attend the event and once again this has shown that NGIWA is beating with a strong heart as members continue to support events in numbers.
We had a fantastic response and turnout with over 35 members packed into the nursery at Men of The Trees, Hazelmere taking part in our annual Pest & Disease Management workshop with Andrew Manners and John Duff from the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries Qld.
Despite being a very hot day, it was an extremely informative program with all participants able to listen to present day diagnostic problems facing nurseries today, as well as having the opportunity to discuss personal problems facing their own nursery with experienced entomologists Andrew and John.
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.
Fickle Prickles is a Perth hills based cacti and succulent online store that began its journey in early 2009. It was developed through a passion and admiration of all cacti and succulents. What began as a part time hobby grew to an out of control addiction, and from there a business was born under the leadership of Kaye Close and daughter Danni.
With decades of horticultural experience Kaye and Danni take pride in producing healthy established plants in pots that are grown to suit Western Australian conditions and use the latest hygienic growing techniques to ensure their stock is pest and disease free and of a high quality.