Support for the conference continues to grow and Early Bird Disounts extended

Industry support for the 2018 National Conference continues as registrations climb and exhibition space is limited. Save $150 with early bird discounts now ending on 10 December 2017.

Hort Innovation
is the latest organisation to join the growing list of supporters for The Growing Edge National Conference in Hobart from 19-21 February 2018 as ‘Principle R&D Partner’.

Hort Innovation Strategic Levy and Frontier Initiatives will feature in the conference program alongside presentations on levy funded activities including Results of the Tree Standard Research, Nursery Research, Statistics and Data Tool and Industry Biosecurity Program.

In welcoming the partnership, NGIA CEO Peter Vaughan acknowledged the need for industry to continue to maximise the benefits of the container levy though insightful and purposeful research, development and marketing programs, which Hort Innovation is tasked with managing.

“The Growing Edge conference is about embracing progressive thinking, community resilience, and strong innovation and R&D. This partnership provides an opportunity for both levy payers and conference delegates to learn more about Hort Innovation activities and perhaps adopt some of the project outcomes within their own organisations, said Peter

Other Hort Innovation projects featuring in the conference program include 202020 Vision and Plant Life Balance, Diagnosing Plant Diseases and a condensed module from the Horticulture Masterclass which is being run by the University of Tasmania.

“There are a host of nursery-related research and development projects being delivered through Hort Innovation at the moment, and we are pleased to partner with the NGIA to provide industry with a snapshot of all the work going on,” Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd said.

“Also, keep an eye out for the 202020 Vision and Hort Innovation stand in the exhibition area where we’ll have staff available to answer any questions industry has, and help growers submit their R&D ideas into the organisation’s concept pipeline.”

And Hort Innovation are not alone.

Platinum Sponsor Garden City Plastics has been unwavering in its support of the Nursery & Garden Industry nationally and particularly with the national conference which it has consistently supported for the last decade.

They are joined by Norwood Industries, a Gold Sponsor, who returns to provide delegates with outstanding resources, clever ideas and a good time. Also in the category this year, NGIA welcomes Arthur J Gallagher who have Nursery specific insurance products to share with delegates.

Thanks also go to Silver Sponsors, Ball Australia and ICL and to the conference media partners Hort Journal and Commercial Horticulture and to all conference sponsors and exhibitors.

"Events such as this do not happen without the great support of these organisations" said Peter. "We thank them for dedication to the industry and look forward to seeing them all in Hobart."

Registration for the conference is now open with early bird discounts now ending on 10 December 2017. To register for the conference, view the program or for more information, visit