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CEO Update

26 November 2018

Welcome to the November edition of the NNN Newsletter. I hope it has been a prosperous Spring as we close in on Summer. I also hope that the buoyant trading conditions continue through to the Festive Season.

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Citrus Canker Response Summary October 2018

22 November 2018

A nationally coordinated response to stop citrus canker has been underway since the disease was first detected in Darwin, Northern Territory in early April 2018. NGIA has been constantly involved in the entire process through the Citrus canker Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP) and the National Management Group (NMG).

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Macadamia high health nursery stock certification

22 November 2018

A new project, MC17001 Developing a macadamia industry nursery stock standard, was recently announced by Hort Innovation and awarded to NGIA. The project will be managed by NGIA’s National Biosecurity Manager John McDonald and will transition into the NIASA BMP upon completion.

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Christmas sales: Will your pockets jingle?

22 November 2018

Christmas will soon be upon us. What is your retail nursery doing to provide your customers with new and innovative experiences at this time of year? How are you using your point of difference to increase your seasonal sales?

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Smart Irrigation

22 November 2018

Is your business still hand-watering or using irrigation controllers operating on a preset programmed schedule and timers? If so, now might be the time to consider installing ‘smart irrigation’ so your plants only get water when they really need it.

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Neonicotinoid ban in Oz: To be or not to be?

22 November 2018

Neonicotinoids have been attracting a lot of attention recently over the claim that they are killing bees, and thereby reducing the number of these essential crop pollinators. A complete ban on the outdoor use of three of these so-called “neonics” will come into effect in the European Union (EU)on 19 December. Is Australia following the EU’s lead?

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Excercise Orange Juice

30 October 2018

On Wednesday 24th Oct the NSW Department of Primary Industries hosted and conducted Exercise Orange Juice in Griffith. The exercise was a means of reviewing and evaluating NSW’s ability and preparedness to respond to a detection of citrus canker in the state. To date there has not been a detection of citrus canker in NSW however, in light of the recent incursion in WA and NT and previous incursions, NSW DPI identified a need to review its emergency response plans and procedures for a citrus canker incursion.

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Blockchain technology: How to unblock your supply chain

23 October 2018

By now, most of you have probably already heard about Bitcoin. This so-called ‘electronic cash’ is now just one of many cryptocurrencies floating on the market. Using blockchain technology, this digital money can be sent from user-to-user on a peer-to-peer (p2p) network without the need for intermediaries such as a central bank. Blockchain technology is now also being taken by businesses seeking to improve supply chain processes at all points from production to consumption. The potential applications of this technology should interest growers and retailers alike.

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The round up on glyphosate

23 October 2018

The use of glyphosate-based herbicides has been in the news recently with Monsanto successfully sued for damages in California (USA). The nursery and garden industry in Australia is aware of the case and are following it with interest.

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CEO and Future Model Update October 2018

23 October 2018

Welcome to the October edition of the NNN Newsletter. This edition contains details on what activities have been undertaken by NGIA over the last month and a preview of activities leading up to the end of the year.

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Pest Management, Plant Health & Market Access BioSecure HACCP Information Forums

23 October 2018

New South Wales & Western Australia

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) brings together the elements of pest prevention, pest assessment, pest mitigation and process revision. NGIA is conducting workshops in New South Wales and Western Australia for nursery production providing growers with an understanding of how the Nursery Production Farm Management System brings these elements together to form the platform for an IPM system in nursery production.

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CEO and Future Model Update September 2018

28 September 2018

Welcome to the September (or Grand Final) edition of the NNN Newsletter. I hope the first month of spring has progressed well and those of you that enjoy the footy have an enjoyable weekend. For those that don’t enjoy the football, I hope you have an enjoyable weekend in the garden.

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Industry career pathways - Online Survey

27 September 2018
Chance to win a $200 voucher by having your say
High staff turnover and difficulty with recruiting qualified people has been identified as a priority issue for the nursery industry.



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Pest Management, Plant Health & Market Access BioSecure HACCP Information Forums

25 September 2018

New South Wales & Western Australia

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) brings together the elements of pest prevention, pest assessment, pest mitigation and process revision. NGIA is conducting workshops in New South Wales and Western Australia for nursery production providing growers with an understanding of how the Nursery Production Farm Management System brings these elements together to form the platform for an IPM system in nursery production.

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Trees: The new cool kid on the block

20 September 2018

The current drought affecting areas of southern and eastern Australia is reminding us of the importance of water both in the production of greenlife,and also in the maintenance of our green spaces. Also of concern is how a changing climate may affect greenlife in the future due to water supply variability, especially in urban spaces where the urban heat island effect is well-documented. So what sort of greenlife do we grow if we want to cool down our cities?

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Five trends changing the way we shop

20 September 2018

Coming into the busy spring period, you probably think you have your retail strategy sorted. Dr Louise Grimmer, a researcher within the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, lists five trends influencing consumer behaviour that retail nurseries of any size should be paying attention to now.



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Enhancing future preparedness for vegetable leafminer

19 September 2018

This article is reproduced with the kind permission of AUSVEG and provides an update on the ongoing strategic levy investment project for the vegetable leafminer. The project involves many research, development and extension activities that will help the Australian vegetable and nursery industries prepare for the pest. AUSVEG Biosecurity Officer Madeleine Quirk speaks to Dr Peter Ridland, an entomologist at the University of Melbourne, to find out more.

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Case Study: Growers take the box seat with Hort Masterclass

06 September 2018

There’s never been a better time to be in the greening business, says Speciality Trees Nursery Manager, Ben Scoble. In this case study, Ben shares why he applied for the 2018 Global Masterclass in Horticulture and how the course is helping to accelerate his professional career.

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Xylella fastidiosa

31 August 2018

At first, it wasn’t clear what was causing the decline. Was it a fungus? A virus? Something else entirely? Scientists showed up in the olive groves to sample the trees, urgently trying to find the cause.

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Grow Help - helps you grow better

29 August 2018

With the weather warming up across many parts of Australia, growers may be turning their thoughts to pest and disease. Maybe aphids and insect pests are becoming more abundant in your area, or leaf spots? So what can you do to reduce the incidence of pest and disease outbreaks at your nursery? Whilst testing can help diagnose specific outbreaks, only a well-thought out and resourced monitoring plan will improve results in the long term.

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You're only as good as your tools!

29 August 2018

At the end of 2017, the nursery and garden industry completed its most comprehensive research and statistical program in recent years under the guise of the Nursery Industry Statistics and Research Project (NY16004). Developed by Hort Innovation and NGIA, the Nursery Industry Data Tool is one output of that research providing very practical information to businesses seeking to improve their performance. This project is now being extended to enable longitudinal data to be collected, allowing for even better business benchmarking over time.

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New breeding grounds for Kangaroo Paws

29 August 2018

What lessons can the humble Kangaroo Paw provide to plant breeders seeking new opportunities overseas? Angus Stewart and Ryan Weber, Ramm Botanicals, share their experiences with us.

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CEO and Future Model Update August 2018

29 August 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the NNN Newsletter on the last day of winter. I hope you are prepared and looking forward to a prosperous spring. On talking to a number of growers at the NGIQ Green Expo, their main concern was not having enough plants, which hopefully is a good sign of a strong upcoming sales period.

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Medicinal Cannabis

27 July 2018

In good news for existing and potential medicinal cannabis growers, the Federal Government recently legalised the export of medicinal cannabis products through the Narcotic Drugs Amendment (Cannabis) Regulations 2018. The ability to export medicinal cannabis was implemented to allow the Australian industry to expand and improve supply of medicinal cannabis within Australia.

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Special delivery service! Plants on demand

04 July 2018

Interior plantscapers are experiencing strong demand for their plant hire services, although they are always under pressure to produce the ‘wow factor’. How can they do more with the plants they already have?

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Green Walls

04 July 2018

Thinking about getting into the green wall industry? Green office fit-outsand apartment living are both in vogue and demand for vertical gardens to fit these situations is increasing. Nurseries may benefit from this demand by growing plants for green walls and/or growing on planted modules or panels for green wall installers. If you want to get into this area, here are a few points to consider.




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CEO and Future Model Update July 2018

04 July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 NNN newsletter. I hope your preparations for Spring are progressing well with only one month of Winter to go. My update for July will focus on progress with the Future Model for Our Industry, R&D and marketing levy investments and the New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) conference.

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Case Study: Junglefy

28 June 2018

A Sydney production nursery is expecting to produce 100,000 plants next year, up from the current 50,000 this year, as awareness grows of the benefits of integrating green infrastructure into buildings.

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Nursery cafés ... Are they your cup of tea?

20 June 2018

As chain stores drive down plant prices, independent retail garden centres are seeking new ways to attract customers into their stores. For some nursery owners, opening a café may provide that point of difference.

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Managing the pressures of farming (horticulture)

20 June 2018

Running your own horticultural business can be rewarding, yet demanding. Financial and other pressures can mount, putting a strain on your family and personal life. The Farm Family Business Handbook is a resource that growers can use to help them navigate through those tougher times.

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Digital Skills Learning

20 June 2018
Get new skills for a digital world
So you have a website and social pages, but how do they work and how can you use them effectively?


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Better data to remove guess work for Tall Trees Nursery

18 June 2018
Tall Trees Nursery has come a long way since director David Vanderuit first planted a small plot of trees out the back of the family’s quarter acre block at Balnarring, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
The business now comprises 20 staff and grows green stock for landscapers, developers, councils and wholesalers throughout Victoria. It has supplied well-known state developments such as Rod Laver Arena and the RAAF base in Sale.


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Over 100 Countries Expected to Participate in Expo 2019 Beijing

05 June 2018

Over 100 countries are expected to participate in the AIPH-approved Expo 2019 Beijing to take place from 29th April to 7th October 2019 in Yanqing district of Beijing, China. Covering over 500 hectares this will be the largest ever A1 International Horticultural Exhibition approved by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)

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Expo comp reminds visitors to BYO bag from 1 July

23 May 2018

With Queenslanders currently estimated to use over 1 billion single-use, lightweight plastic bags per year — most of which end up in landfill and the balance in our natural environment — it’s great news that the plastic shopping bag as we know it, will be no more from 1 July this year.

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CEO Update May 2018

23 May 2018

Welcome to the NNN newsletter for May 2018. I will provide you with an overview of the key activities that I have been involved with to support the operation of your business.

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Tipping the (Plant Life) Balance in your favour

23 May 2018

By now, you have probably heard a little about Plant Life Balance. This program has been racking up media attention, with its augmented reality app recently named the Best Lifestyle Mobile Site and App, and Peoples’ Voice winner, in the 22nd annual Webby Awards. This app makes understanding plant science easy for nursery customers. Retail nurseries can benefit too as the free Plant Life Balance accreditation program provides a very valuable marketing tool.

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Getting the sequence right

23 May 2018

The age of waiting for random plant mutations to occur in your nursery could be over. Advances in selective plant breeding are increasingly being made using genetic analysis technology. Not to be confused with genetic modification, where genes can be introduced into a plant or rearranged within it, genetic analysis involves the reading of existing genes within a plant to identify key markers.

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New minor use permit approved for industry by the APVMA

17 May 2018

A new minor use permit (PER14856) has been approved by the APVMA for industry use on nursery stock to meet intra and interstate quarantine requirementsPermit 14856 allows the off-label use of registered products containing the active constituents: bifenthrin, chlorothalonil, chlorpyrifos, imidacloprid and mancozeb.

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Case Study: Driving profitability: a freight and logistics focus at Overland

15 May 2018

Nursery businesses stuck in the slow lane are being encouraged to rethink logistics and transportration as just one of the ways to boost their profitability, according to Sales Manager of Overland Nurseries, Brent Tallis.Overland Nurseries is a family owned and operated nursery located in Arcadia, on the outskirts of Sydney supplying trees, shrubs, climbers and ground covers, in sizes of 100mm to 300mm, throughout NSW and the ACT.

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CEO Update April 2018

30 April 2018

On 20 April 2018, I completed three years as CEO of NGIA. One meeting I attended in April, was like being back to the beginning of my time at NGIA. During my first week at NGIA on 22 and 23 April 2015, I attended a Hort Innovation workshop to determine how the nursery industry levy should be invested for the next five years. On 10 April this year I attended a Hort Innovation workshop to determine how the nursery industry marketing levy should be invested for the next five years. The sense of similarity was palpable and a clear indication we need to do more to influence the investment of OUR (the nursery industry) levy.

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Friend not foe: Insects and geckos helping defend the US

30 April 2018

Those of us lucky enough to witness Rose Herceg’s dynamic presentation at the Growing Edge conference in February certainly had our eyes opened. Herceg had been fortunate enough to visit the headquarters of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Virginia, U.S.A. She returned to Australia with some interesting observations of how DARPA’s military grade technology, including its unique Insect Allies research, may help both growers and retailers in this country in the not too distant future.

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Caution: Pest control ahead!

30 April 2018

Think your business is safe from biosecurity threats because you do not import plants? Think again! At the Growing Edge conference in February, Lois Ransom from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources spoke of the difficulty in managing medium risk nursery stock given emerging disease risks. Ransom warned growers who import that they need to focus on offshore management of diseases of concern, i.e. that they know and work with their supply pathway.

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What grows up must come down ... the recent trend to smaller plants

30 April 2018

The traditional notion of a garden space in Australian cities has changed greatly over the last decade or two. In the “noughties”, the McMansion phenomenon saw the development of over-sized houses on under-sized blocks, leaving little room for plants. Fast forward to 2018 and the number of smaller gardens is increasing as our major cities grow more vertical. Mark McCrindle, from McCrindle Research, says that over one-quarter (26%) of all Australian dwellings are now medium or high density, and almost two-fifths (43%) in Sydney and Melbourne 1. In Australia's largest capital cities, medium and high density dwellings account for two-thirds of all new building approvals for housing. Gardeners are now planting on balconies, courtyards and increasingly smaller blocks and increasingly looking for more compact plants to put in these spaces.

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Try BioSecure HACCP for a more Resilient Business

30 April 2018

Production nurseries face challenges every day producing a product that will meet their customer expectations at a price that is not only competitive with the market but also profitable to their bottom line.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Nurseries urged to remain vigilant after citrus canker found in Northern Territory

24 April 2018

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is reminding growers to remain vigilant with their on-farm biosecurity measures, following an early detection of citrus canker at a plant retailer in the Northern Territory.

Citrus canker, a contagious disease largely affecting citrus trees, has not been detected in Australia since it was eradicated from Queensland in 2009, and could have detrimental impacts on the citrus industry if it were to spread further.

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NGIA brings ‘International’ to MIFGS

28 March 2018

NGIA hosted the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in Melbourne during March to coincide with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. With over 70 delegates from 20 countries, it certainly helped to put the ‘international’ into MIFGS.

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CEO UPDATE - MARCH 2018

27 March 2018

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the NNN enewsletter. The most important activity in March was the NGIA Board meeting held in Melbourne last week to coincide with MIFGS and to host a delegation of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) – refer separate article. The key items of business at the Board meeting:

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Improve your bottom line ... online

27 March 2018

Purchasing plants and horticultural supplies online is gaining ground given its convenience. Dr Louise Grimmer, Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Tasmania, says online spending accounts for seven to eight percent of the nationwide retail spend (~$21 billion per annum)1. However, online shopping is a huge opportunity for not only retailers, but also green life growers, to improve their bottom line.

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Churchill Fellow urges horticulturalists to apply

14 March 2018

Churchill Fellow urges horticulturalists to apply
Receiving a 2015 Churchill Fellowship to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings in Singapore, the UK and the USA was a turning point for Melbourne nurse and horticulturalist, Steven Wells.
Three years later he’s now a guest presenter on ABC Television’s Gardening Australia program, and has been instrumental in establishing a new national body focused on therapeutic horticulture.

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Structure Review update following a meeting of the network on 22 February

28 February 2018

The aim of the review of the NGI network structure has been to assess, identify, establish and implement an optimum structure for the nursery industry. The structure will provide the governance, resources and frameworks to provide services, benefits and value to NGI members equally across the country, in the most cost effective and resource efficient manner.

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CEO UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2018

28 February 2018

The NGIA Conference was held in Hobart last week and it was a well-attended successful event. For those of you unable to attend, I will provide some of my highlights, learnings and messages from the presentations I was able to attend. For those who did attend, I hope my comments act as a reminder on ideas to help in your business.

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NGIA Honours industry contribution

28 February 2018

On 22 February 2018, at the Industry Dinner held at MONA, the Museum of Old & New Art, NGIA recognised outstanding contribution to Industry by three exceptional industry identities

Life Membershipis the highest honour awarded by Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and,is conferred on any person who has rendered distinguished and meritorious service to the nursery industry. In accordance with the resolution passed at the annual general meeting in November 2017, Gary Eylesof AT Eyles & Son in NSW was awarded Life Membership.



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Tasmanian nurseries showcase diversity at national conference

12 February 2018

Third generation nursery grower Mark Van der Staay is looking forward to demonstrating the diversity and innovation of the Tasmanian industry to 250 delegates arriving in Hobart this month, for the Nursery & Garden Industry of Australia (NGIA) biennial conference.

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Neonicotinoids

31 January 2018

The Nursery and Garden Industry network members, and more specifically suppliers to Bunnings, have been advised of the proposed phasing out of neonicotinoid based insecticides with the removal of on-the-shelf products by the end of 2018 and ceasing the application by nursery production growers on plants supplied to Bunnings by the end of 2020.

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CEO UPDATE - JANUARY 2018

31 January 2018

I hope you had an enjoyable festive season and holiday, if you were lucky enough to have one, and welcome to the first NNN Newsletter for 2018. In my update this month I will only focus on the two most important issues for NGIA currently, the review of the NGI network structure and the upcoming Conference in Hobart.

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Benefits of biosecurity for bananas, avocados

19 January 2018

Growers of banana and avocado crops can expect to benefit from the transition of their clean plant programs to the Nursery Production Farm Management System over the next 12-18 months, and other horticulture industries are likely to follow suit.

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NGIA CEO update – 22 December 2017

22 December 2017

Welcome to the last NNN Newsletter for 2017. It has been another “quick” year that I hope has been prosperous for you personally and your business. NGIA has again worked on a range of issues to deliver our strategic vision – “We will create a climate for our members and industry to grow and prosper.”



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Media Release - Greater biosecurity harmonisation will help protect nursery industry

21 December 2017 The detection of 15 emergency plant pests1 in Australia in 2017 has placed even clearer focus on the need for the harmonisation of biosecurity measures across plant producers in all states and territories to protect the nation’s valuable nursery industry.

The sector underpins more than $15 billion in national food, fibre and foliage plant production including urban landscape and retail through to fruit, vegetable, forestry and revegetation. It is one of the most heavily invested industries in Australia’s national domestic biosecurity system.


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Case Study - Managing water ‘critical’ to future of nursery industry

21 December 2017

Queensland nursery manager Kieran Studders had two simple goals when he first installed the irrigation system on the four-hectare Big Leaf Wholesale Nurseries site at North Arm, near Eumundi – to save time and water.

Three years on and in the second stage of the Queensland government-funded Rural Water Use Efficiency Irrigation Futures initiative, Kieran has achieved a 60 per cent improvement in water use efficiency (WUE).

Mr Studders said managing water well is critical to the future of the nursery industry.
“Without water we’re nothing, and while it takes a lot of work to maximise WUE, the benefits far outweigh the negatives,” he said.

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Case Study - Building industry’s resilience to extreme weather events

21 December 2017

In close to 30 years of operation, Lizard Mountain Nursery near Yeppoon had not really felt the wrath of nature until 2015 when Category Five Tropical Cyclone Marcia crossed the coast of Central Queensland.

By the time she made landfall to the north at Shoalwater Bay, and then hit Lizard Mountain as a Category Four system, Marcia not only upended Ian and Elaine Stewart’s nursery, but also their entire approach to the management of their business, which produces palms, cycads and foliage plants for the chain store market in Queensland, NSW and Western Australia.

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Mark McCindle - Keynote Speaker

19 December 2017
An award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, and
influential thought leader, who is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and
advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia's leading
organisations.



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Matthew Evans - Keynote Speaker

19 December 2017
A former chef and food critic turned Tasmanian
smallholder. He fattens pigs, milks a cow, tends a garden and writes about food from
his office overlooking the silver birches atop his cottage on Puggle Farm in the
gorgeous Huon Valley.



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Keynote Speaker - Chris Beytes

19 December 2017

Chris Beytes is editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit magazines and author of the widely read weekly e-newsletter Acres Online, which reaches 22,000 horticulture industry folks in 66 countries.

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Free Conference Workshops

05 December 2017

2018 National Conference is featuring three informative workshops.These workshops are included in the concurrent program and are a great opportunity for more in depth learning.

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Joint NGI Network meet to discuss the second Structure Review report

30 November 2017

In Sydney on Monday 13 November, the Nursery & Garden Industry (NGI) National Board and NGI State Presidents, representatives and Executive Officers met to discuss the next report on the Structure Review of the Australian nursery & garden industry, handed down earlier this month.



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NGIA CEO update November 2017

30 November 2017

As we close in on the end of Spring, I hope it has been a successful trading period which continues up to and during the festive season. November was a particularly busy month with many meetings and activities that needed to be conducted and completed before the end of the year. Below is an overview of some of the meetings and activities conducted:




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Vale - Rudi Fabian

30 November 2017

It is with deep sadness that we advise members of the passing of Rudi Fabian. Rudi passed away on Monday night (AEST) 27 th November 2017.



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Are Documentation and Records Really that Important to Protect My Business?

22 November 2017

Critical to demonstrating compliance for all certification programs, private or government, are the requirements for well documented and consistently maintained records that will verify activities including inputs being free of contaminants and staff are complying with hygienic production protocols.

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Case Study - New nursery leaders nurtured in funded study programs

10 November 2017

Three professional development programs for nursery employees are meeting the industry’s goal of nurturing future innovators and young leaders, with the first students of the inaugural Global Masterclass in Horticultural Business set to graduate by the end of the year.

Three students selected from within the nursery industry have described the Masterclass offered through the University of Tasmania (UTAS) as ‘unique’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘contributing to the awareness of horticulture’s importance’.

The nursery industry will once again allocate $30,000 worth of scholarship funding towards the Masterclass in 2018. Those that have a strong interest in, and passion for, building their skills and the industry’s capacity are encouraged to apply before 12 November 2017.

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2017 International Statistical Yearbook

31 October 2017

The International Statistics Flowers and Plants 2017 yearbook shares the available data on the global production and trade of flowers and plants. Produced by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Union Fleurs it has become invaluable to trade organisations, policy makers, marketeers, producers, traders, libraries and universities.

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NGIA CEO update October 2017

31 October 2017

Initially, I will be looking forward with this update, to the upcoming NGIA Board meeting on 13 and 14 November. It is an extremely important meeting as we will be having a joint session of the NGIA Board, State Presidents and CEOs and representatives of the Structural Change Advisory Committee (SCAC) to discuss and assess the SCAC report and outline the next steps in the NGI structure review process.

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Media Release - Nursery industry unveils new-look campaign to boost plant sales

30 October 2017

The nursery industry has today unveiled a new-look national consumer campaign encouraging Australians to increase the ‘plant-life balance’ in their homes, their workplaces and their communities.

The Plant Life Balance program is designed to increase demand for Australia’s high-quality nursery stock by getting Australians excited about placing more green life in their homes and promoting the benefits of plants to our health and wellbeing.

The launch marks a new era for Plant Life Balance, which is supported by a suite of resources for retail nurseries and consumers, including plant styling guides and a phone app, to provide Australians with a ‘plant health’ rating for their home.

The nursery industry, together with Hort Innovation and RMIT University contributed to the development of the campaign, which forms part of the industry’s broader marketing effort to increase green space in urban areas by 20 per cent by 2020, under the 202020 Vision initiative.

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Case Study - The Plantsmith: boosting nursery productivity the natural way

30 October 2017

Working with nature to dramatically reduce chemical application has paid off for Simon Smith, who hasn’t used a non-organic pesticide spray for more than eight years at his production nursery, 25km from Darwin in Australia’s Top End.
‘The Plantsmith’ is set on an 8,000 square metre site with the majority of plants grown under protective cropping to exclude pests and help shield them from the extreme heat and intense rainfall for which the region’s tropical climate is infamous.

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Vegetable Leafminer (Liriomyza sativae) is a new arrival to Australia

27 September 2017

Since 2008, it has been island hopping in a southerly direction down the Torres Strait Island group. The Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and Biosecurity Queensland has been tracking the movement of this pest since its detection in the Strait. In 2015, Vegetable Leafminer was detected on the Cape York Peninsula and the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests recommended that it was not technically feasible to eradicate from the region.

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Case Study - The new blueprint for green space

26 September 2017

The nursery industry is another step closer to benefitting from a national framework for measuring urban green space (UGS), after the completion of the research project, ‘Measuring Australia’s green space asset’.

A national system of metrics and measurement to quantify both the demand side of UGS (land cover, extent of the area) and the supply side (benefits to health, local economy, visual improvement) would provide valuable information for nursery growers, media producers and landscape architects looking to supply planting material for cities.Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) concluded that a nationally consistent framework or ‘blueprint’ to measure a range of factors for urban green space was highly likely to be adopted and could realistically be implemented.




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VALE - Max Warner 13-09-1934 - 28-07-2017

31 July 2017

It is with deep sadness that we advise members of the passing of Max Warner. Max passed away peacefully on Friday 28 July at Bellbird Hospital in the company of his family, he was age 82. He devoted a large part of his life to Warner’s Nurseries, and also to the National and Victorian nursery scene.



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Lifelong Learning - Open source education

31 July 2017

Learning as a practice has changed over the last few decades and transitioned from something which was done in isolation with clearly defined times and places for knowledge acquisition (school) and application (the work environment). Instead learning has transitioned to a practice which is ongoing, with fewer boundaries and can be formal or informal or self-directed learning.

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NGIA CEO Update - July 2017

31 July 2017

July has been another busy month with Mike Mehigan and I meeting with the NGISA, NGIV, NGINA and NGIQ Boards. The aim of these meetings has been to work through a range of issues including the structure review, our engagement with Hort Innovation, the Farm Management System and a number of governance matters.

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Increase to base rates of pay

22 June 2017

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.3% increase to minimum wages following its 2017 Annual Wage Review. The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2017.

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Crowdfunding

21 June 2017

In keeping with the theme of innovation this month, the recent Kickstarter campaign for the Tertill weeding robot highlights two great example of innovation, not only for the product itself, but also the method in how the development of the project was funded.

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Remembering Frank Charles Hart

21 June 2017

Born on the 7thJune 1933, Frank Hart passed away peacefully on the 10thJune 2017 after a tough 18 month battle with cancer. Frank is survived by his loving wife Margaret, three sons, Steven, Kerrie and Russell, ten Grandchildren and seventeen Great Grandchildren. Frank will be remembered not only as a hard worker and a solid family man, but for his quick wit and cheeky love of fun, and also someone quick to share his wisdom and knowledge with family, friends and colleagues.

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New roadmap for a profitable and resilient nursery industry

20 June 2017

A roadmap for the future of the nursery industry has been released, outlining the priorities for research and development (R&D) and marketing over the next five years, to support its growth and sustainability.
The industry plays a vital role in the physical, economic and environmental well-being of all Australians, with nurseries involved in the ornamental market, forestry, revegetation for mining, landscaping and starter plants for Australia’s fruit and vegetable production.

The Nursery Strategic Investment Plan 2017–2021 (SIP) will help to guide decisions on projects to be funded by the nursery levy, which is managed by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation).
For every dollar invested, it is anticipated the industry will receive $8.50 – a net benefit over five years of $140 million.

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Case Study - Roof boosts production 25 per cent

07 June 2017

Investing in a 20,000 square metre retractable roof greenhouse has enabled one of Australia’s longest running wholesale nurseries to increase production by around 25 per cent in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne.
Humphris Nursery built the Cravo Retractable Roof Production System™ on a sloping block with a 5 per cent gradient on their existing 16 hectare nursery site at Mooroolbark, with the aim of protecting crops of retail and landscape plants from excessive cold, heat, rain, hail and wind.

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NGIA CEO update – May 2017

01 June 2017

I was involved in significant activity in May with an NGIA Board meeting and attendance at Hort Connections, the Plant Breeder’s Right Consultative Group, a number of levy funded project steering committees, National Management Group meetings for biosecurity issues, Voice of Horticulture meetings and this week Plant Health Australia meetings. I would like to provide details on some of the key activities from those meetings that I hope is of interest to you.

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Invest in nursery expertise for long term benefits

30 May 2017
Quality trees are the cornerstone of any orchard.

Getting a newly established block off to the best start can make the difference between strong, thriving, productive trees, and ones that just never really grow quality fruit or nuts.


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Case Study: Biosecurity a ‘no brainer’ for growing media manufacturers

30 May 2017

The increasing threat of exotic pests, weeds and disease that comes with globalisation has put biosecurity preparedness top of mind for Queensland based group, Green Fingers Potting Mix and Rocky Point Mulching.
Now in their sixth year at a 70 acre site at Woongoolba, located north of the City of Gold Coast, the group has continued to grow its market share, while at the same time adopting best practice programs and standards to remain ahead of the curve.

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Case Study: Producing More, With Less at Cameron's

23 May 2017

When specialist perennial wholesale business Cameron’s Nursery ran out of water for a second time during the 1990s due to prolonged drought and no access to potable water, owners Sonja and Andy Cameron began researching new ways to capture and recycle water, to ensure it didn’t happen again.




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Green roof opportunities for nurseries

12 May 2017

The increasing prevalence of green roofs and green walls in urban building design in Australia opens up a tremendous opportunity for the nursery industry to increase its role in providing expert advice, as well as suitable plants.

When Darren Mason, now sales director for Andreasens Green wholesale nurseries, started his nursery career in 1983, his first major project was to grow and deliver plant material for the podium rooftop garden on top of Parliament House in Sydney.

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Growing media tailor-made for production nurseries

12 May 2017

Understanding the needs of different plants and the impact of local conditions, and investing in quality growing media to suit, is a key focus of modern, successful nurseries.Van Schaik’s Bio Gro has been part of the journey with growers, celebrating 40 years in business and now one of Australia’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of growing media and landscape products with over 100 employees across five operational sites.




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Case Study - Data the key to national industry voice

02 May 2017 The collection and use of data is critical to Hamish Mitchell’s business of growing and selling premium-quality landscape trees in Narre Warren East, Victoria, and he believes it’s also the key to the nursery industry being recognised as a major player in the national economy.


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Case Study - Incremental changes add up to a better bottom line for Domus

02 May 2017 Colin Groom firmly believes the little things add up, and he’s constantly looking for new ways to do things better at Domus Nursery, on the outskirts of Perth.
A strong advocate of the need for the industry to strive for constant improvement, Mr Groom says there’s a good financial incentive behind many of the changes encouraged through best management practice schemes.


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HMA moves to unify the association

26 April 2017

HMA is currently looking at the potential to streamline and unify the association and bring it up with modern times. Tabled by the National Executive, the initiative proposes that in future, members would be part of the one national Association rather than being members of independent state HMA Associations

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Payroll Tax Grouping Across Different States

26 April 2017

Payroll tax is levied on an employer by the relevant state revenue authority, in cases where an employer pays “taxable wages” over a certain threshold. As payroll tax is levied on a state by state basis, the rates and thresholds vary

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NGIA and the EPPRD

24 April 2017

The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) is a formal, legally binding agreement between Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and plant industry signatories, covering the management and funding of responses to Emergency Plant Pest (EPP) Incidents.

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Nurseries urged to consider interns

03 April 2017

Expressions of interest are being sought from nurseries interested in taking on an intern, with funding available to assist with costs during both the internship and the first year of employment if that is offered.

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Nursery industry leads the way in streamlining interstate trade

28 March 2017

The nursery industry has taken a significant step towards streamlining the trade of plants between states, following years of dedicated engagement and support with state governments for changes to existing legislation.

The Queensland government has passed amendments to its Biosecurity Act 2014, and it’s hoped BioSecure HACCP will soon be recognised as an approved third party accreditation scheme for certifying growers trading plants within and across state borders.

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202020 Vision in action - Case Study

28 March 2017

Five years ago, Perth’s City of Stirling planted around 1,000 street trees a year. These days it’s more like 6,000 – and the change is attributed in part to the nursery industry’s 202020 Vision initiative.

Carole Fudge from WA-based Benara Nurseries says the business has increased its production of medium and large trees by tens of thousands in recent years, as other urban councils also take on board the benefits of increasing green space.




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Going Cordless

27 March 2017

Battery powered outdoor power equipment has improved significantly during the past few years. Central to this evolution has been new lithium-ion cell technologies which have allowed for both longer run-times and shorter charging times.

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BioSecure HACCP Information Forum - Victoria

03 March 2017

An information forum on BioSecure HACCP will be held for growers interested in participating in the industry on farm biosecurity management program.

The forum will be held at Boomaroo Nursery in Lara, Victoria on the 16th of March. Positions at the forum are limited and interested growers should complete the attached RSVP to secure their place asap.

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EcoHort a natural fit for Jamberoo Native Nursery

03 March 2017

When Jamberoo Native Nursery (JNN) was approached by the local council about chemical spray drift, responding was easy.

As part of maintaining its EcoHort™ accreditation, the company had fully documented the control measures in place to ensure there was no impact on surrounding properties, and that was the end of the matter.

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Nursery industry urged to outline pest priorities

20 February 2017

The nursery industry is inviting growers to provide their feedback on plant pest priorities through an online survey to help fast-track safe and effective chemical registration for Australian nursery production.

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Case Study - Data to bolster nursery standard for assessing quality tree stock

14 February 2017

Healthy trees improve the liveability of urban landscapes and improve community wellbeing, and research is helping to ensure the quality of newly planted trees so they have a long and productive life.
The project Evaluation of nursery tree stock balance parameters (NY15001) involves collecting measurements from nurseries around the country to provide data backing for an industry standard known as AS2303: 2015 Tree Stock for Landscape Use.

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Biosecurity pays off for Pohlmans Nursery

27 January 2017

When Pohlmans Nursery first started looking at ways to improve pest, disease and weed management, they never expected the results would include a saving of around $350,000 per year on day to day operations.

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Industry Structure Review

11 May 2016
The aim of the review is to determine the most effective and cost efficient structure for the industry and for the committee to make recommendations for the future.
The Industry Structure Review Committee is an independent committee. Terms of reference for the review have been developed by the review committee and are available here for download.
A number of information and data gathering approaches will be undertaken to capture input from members and other industry stakeholders.
The National and State/Territory Association representatives supported the structure review and the approach being taken by the review committee. The Review Committee continues to engage with the State Boards as they travel for industry consultation meetings.
A series of “town hall” consultation meetings will be held between May and July 2016 where they will seek industry input. All industry stakeholders are invited to attend. Please RSVP your attendance to kobie.keenan@ngia.com.au.



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Nursery Industry Preliminary Proposals

05 June 2014

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is the peak industry body for the Australian nursery and garden industry and is responsible for overseeing the national development and coordination of Research and Development (R&D) programs in consultation with HAL and regional associations.
HAL and the NGIA are inviting preliminary R&D proposals for new research concepts, ideas and technologies that meet the priorities listed in the Nursery & Garden Industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) 2012-2016.

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NT nursery to grow export success

07 May 2014

The Department of Agriculture’s Authorised Officer (AO) programme is saving Australian exporters time and money by empowering them to undertake specific export inspections. 

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Updated release of NGIA Plant Labelling Guidelines

01 February 2013

Nursery and Garden Industry Australia have just released Version 2 of their Plant Labelling Guidelines. The updated Guidelines were developed in close consultation with growers, label manufacturers, retailers and industry representatives including a legal team with a specialist interest in intellectual property within the nursery industry. Originally released in 2007, the guidelines were designed to provide industry with an easy to follow guide in the preparation of accurate and unambiguous labels and marketing materials for plants.

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World recognition for Australian nursery

13 September 2012

Australia’s Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery has received the Silver Rose in the prestigious International Grower of the Year Award by the prestigious International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). It is the first time an Australian nursery has competed in the Awards.

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Notice to Australia’s Plant Importers

04 June 2012

Revised Import Conditions for Nursery Stock (including tissue cultures) 

As part of the medium risk nursery stock import pathway review, Plant Quarantine Operations is introducing a notice of importation form for nursery stock imports (including high risk species). In addition, the DAFF Biosecurity approved sources of tissue cultures free of media has been reviewed and amended.

Further details are provided in Public Quarantine Alert PQA0818 on ICON.

 

 

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Potting Mix Analysis

27 October 2011

Phosyn Analytical is recognised Australia wide as always being reliable and quick in returning nutrient results for soil, plant tissue and water analysis.

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Health and wellbeing in horticulture

19 May 2010

Consumers are more interested than ever in their health and wellbeing, including living in a healthy environment. Indoor plants and outdoor gardens have distinct and proven health benefits and through the across industry funded HAL project, Health and wellbeing in horticulture, the nursery industry will have access to a wealth of information, about the benefit of green-life, to use in marketing and communication activities.

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Growers encouraged to pick up tools to navigate urban encroachment

19 May 2010

As the great Aussie ‘quarter-acre block dream’ and inner city housing affordability put even greater pressure on the city fringes, understanding the issues around peri-urban land use planning and its impacts on horticulture is increasingly important. The concept of agricultural land ‘awaiting urban development’ via an ad hoc process of conversion is often regarded as an inevitable outcome of population and economic growth.

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Aussie Passion for Plants Continues to Bloom

12 August 2009

While the landscape of the Australian backyard is changing, our passion for spending time outdoors isn't. In Newspoll results released today, an astounding 86% of Australians believe that the health, wellbeing and relaxation benefit their garden provides is the top reason they spend time in their backyards.

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Nursery & garden industry fights invasion

08 April 2009

The nursery and garden industry is proud to announce the release of its Grow Me Instead booklets, launched in Melbourne on April 1 in conjunction with the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIGFS).

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