Sourcing promotions that work There’s a world of ideas out there. Jennifer Stackhouse hunts down top promotional ideas from businesses and organisations across the globe that help sell plants and attract customers into garden centres.
Giving sandalwood a good start Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) began in 1997 after government trials of the plantation growth of Indian sandalwood. TFS now plants more than two million trees a year and manages the largest area of Indian sandalwood plantation in the world, with more than 10,600 hectares across northern Australia. Lauren Butler reveals what’s involved to grow and manage this exotic crop.
Planning for the future Grower and Managing Director of Harts Nursery, Kerrie Hart, discusses the ups and downs of future-proofing his family business with development of a new site in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Growing into living architecture Coolth.inc is a Melbourne-based company operating across Australia in the construction, maintenance and education of living architecture. Coolth.inc founder Phil Edwards’ passion for living architecture is deeply rooted in his background in horticulture, design and sustainability. Lauren Butler spoke with Phil about his journey and some new products available in Australia.
The low down on garden shows and events What are the benefits of getting involved with a garden show, asks Jennifer Stackhouse? And do you head for the blockbusters or back a star in the making, she asks, as she surveys garden shows and events in Australia and beyond.
Catering for growing demand for indoor plants Biemond Nurseries was established in the 1980s by Bill and Marion Biemond and today grows a large range of indoor and patio plants. Based in the Yarra Valley on the outskirts of Melbourne, plants are grown in 6000 square metres of heated greenhouses. Lauren Butler visited the nursery for Greenworld.
Autumn 2016 Rose Feature
New Releases for Knight’s RosesAutumn and winter are the time of peak rose sales for home gardens. Here is a taste of the new rose releases for 2016 from Australia’s leading growers. With a focus on disease resistance and fragrance, many of the season’s new release roses are award winners from rose trials staged around the world.
Retail TrendsWith hanging plants, vertical gardens, terrariums, edibles and dwarf fruit trees on the gardener’s must-have list, garden centre staff, landscapers and horticulturists need to brush up on their skills. Jennifer Stackhouse has advice on how to make the most of these trending plants and puts a spotlight on dwarf fruit tree varieties.
Travelling the road aheadAdelaide turned on a week of cool, sunny weather for the biennial Nursery and Garden Industry Australia conference that attracted delegates from across Australia. Jennifer Stackhouse was there for Greenworld magazine and shares her conference highlights.
Behind the scenes at ChelseaThe award-winning garden titled ‘The Hidden Beauty of Kranji’ was set in a tropical environment and featured plants commonly found in Kranji, a suburb in the northwest of Singapore that has a preserved natural environment. Plant selection included species native to the tropics. Adding to the tropical atmosphere was a multi-level waterfall that flowed into an oasis surrounded with lush foliage and ferns.
spoga+gafa 2015 links garden and lifestyleThe spoga+gafa 2015 trade show, held over three days in Cologne from August 30 – September 1, showcased the capacity of garden wares to enhance lifestyles and improve wellbeing with more than 2000 exhibitors from around the world. John Power reports from Germany.
Cameron’s Nursery keeps getting awardsEarlier this year Cameron’s Nursery at Arcadia in New South Wales was named Environmental Nursery of the Year at the Nursery and Garden Industry Association awards. Sonja Cameron is no stranger to awards, she wins them consistently for her strong commitment to sustainability. Jennifer Stackhouse spoke to Sonja about her ethos and environmental stance.
Australian Landscape Conference 2015 reportFor 26 years Australian gardeners, landscapers, horticulturists and nursery professionals have had the benefit of a biennial conference to showcase the work of leading landscape architects and designers from across the globe. The most recent Australian Landscape Conference was held in Melbourne in September with a charismatic line-up of speakers. Jennifer Stackhouse was there for Greenworld.
IGCC report from DenmarkKaren Moad, President of Garden Centre Australia, sends a letter from the recent International Garden Centre Congress Odense where delegates from around the world are visiting Denmark’s top retail garden centres along with gardens, production nurseries and much more.
The future holds opportunities for horticulture graduatesChris O’Connor investigates how the forecasts in the 2015 Intergenerational Report can point to work for horticulturists.
Horticulture gets new funding modelIn November 2014 a new not-for-profit body was formed to manage the money raised by grower-funded levies from horticultural groups across Australia including the nursery industry’s ‘pot levy’.
Garden show extravaganzaIt may be over for another year but there is still plenty of news and inspiration from the world’s largest flower show, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Say hello to AIH event convenorsThree Australian Institute of Horticulture members have stepped forward to coordinate events for members.
Drive sales through effective merchandisingSpring is peak season for garden centres. This is the time customers are eager to tackle projects and buy plants, which makes winter the ideal time to review your merchandising approach to ensure you attract customers.
Spoga was spectacularWith its diversity of products Spoga+Gafa, the leading international garden trade fair held annually in Cologne, Germany, attracts exhibitors and visitors from across the globe.
Australian Institute of Horticulture NewsWaterwise plant selector gets a new life: A number of online, state-based waterwise plant selector platforms have been created across Australia. Each is different, but all are focused on their local district or region.
Greenworld September-October 2014
Product Focus: RichgroThe Plus range is now more environmentally friendly.
An insight into e-book publishingInsight into e-book publishing, AIH winter fruit tree and pruning workshop, National Horticultural Awards 2014, AIH National Congress 2014 in Sydney and President’s news…
Spring Green Expo grows in 2014The Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland staged an impressive expo event on the Gold Coast in August. Read all about the excitement and colour of this landmark industry event…
Green Expo Sydney puts on a showAutumn is expo time in Sydney as GES takes centre stage. This year’s event had lots of colour…
Appealing to a younger marketHalf of Australia’s population is under the age of 37, so how do garden centres target this huge market sector?
The best homegrown choicesAccording to a study in the US some fruit and vegetables regularly…
May – June 2014
Sales and distributionHow do you sell your product and manage stock that you sell through garden centres and the ‘green’ section of hardware stores?
The role of Integrated Pest ManagementDr Grant Herron, Principal Research Scientist at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industry, looks at the rise and rise of pesticides in agriculture and horticulture and the application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to better manage pest problems.
Getting a grip on ornamental grassesRustling and rippling in the slightest breeze, an ornamental grass adds texture, height and colour to any garden.
National conference thinks high, goes greenThe biennial conference of the Nursery and Garden Industry Association (NGIA) was held in March overlooking Cockle Bay in Sydney.
Fruit and vegies are right on trendHomegrown vegetables and fruit have become the hottest item in garden centres. But today it’s not enough to be homegrown.
GES Green Expo Sydney, Incorporating fusion showcase21 & 22 May 2014
Get gardening onlineThere are a number of pastimes that attract major interest on Facebook and other social media sites …
Selling summerSummer can be a tough time in the outdoors, but there are many reasons to be out in the garden. Watering, mulching, fertilising and pruning are all vital jobs. Vegies are prolific, but so are the …
Oct Nov 2013
Christmas in the garden centreCelebrating Christmas in the garden centre provides a chance to increase sales when gardening is on a seasonal downturn.
Making the most of vertical spacesGreen walls are one of the big trends in today’s gardens, but the methods to create one type of green wall can be traced back to ancient times.