AGM & NGIWA Lifetime Membership Neville Passmore

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.

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.

Neville Passmore

Born into a fourth generation of a family of gardening/plant and fruit producers. Ran a successful family business called Blossoms consisting of a production nursery, retail garden centre and florist in the 90s. Neville's 45 years of working in the gardening industry included consulting to key garden retail businesses such as Waldecks and Bunnings, advocacy work for amenity horticulture (and media suppliers), and educating the public via media including magazine, newspaper, radio and TV.

1 Neville's involvement extends to advocacy and involvement in development of amenity horticulture through the newly formed Green Space Alliance

2 Consultation with the Water Corporation and The Swan River Trust,

3 Keynote speakers at corporate educational events, expos and gardening workshops in metro and regional WA.

His media career as communicator and educator of gardening matters:

TV:- Gardening Australia, Your Place or Mine, The Garden Gurus, Greenfingers, Explore, Delish, Gardening Perth, Gardening WA, Battle of the Burbs and WA Great Gardens

Radio:- 6PR talkback host for 12years

Publications :- WA Gardening Calendar, Roses WA, Gardening WA, The Garden Gurus Guide to Waterwise Gardening, Delish from Garden to Table, The Rose - The Latest, The Greatest, West Australian Garden Guide, Guru Magazine – contributor, Garden writer for The West Australian and The Sunday Times “Home”.

Interests are wide and varied:- Family, Plants, landscapes and gardening, media including print, social media and radio/TV, Photography, scuba diving and fishing, food - gastronomy, herbs, and nutrition, camping, 4wheel driving and travel


1 Past President two years in the 90s

2 Board of Directors committee member (two rounds of sitting)

3 Subcommittee of Perth Garden Festival 2015

Other Boards - NGIA, Greening Australia, Compost WA

Despite the long list of achievements, Neville is a very humble and modest man. Having claimed at recent Board meetings to be a laggard in technology while also having invested in the latest Apple gadgets. Also with 500+ connections on LinkedIn prove that Neville is not quite the laggard he claims to be. Neville is a quiet achiever, a great achiever who is generous with his time for industry matters for the benefit of all sectors within amenity horticulture. NGIWA has been very blessed to have board contributions from Neville for two rounds.