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Page Background HorticulturalMarketing,Retailing andLandscaping inAustralia Endorsedby the Australian Institute ofHorticulture Vol.34 No.3SPRING2016 PrintPostApprovedPP100007330 Time to grow your own vegies this Spring Organicmatter Wetting agent Trace elements Freecall 1800331494 (customer service) About our cover Debco Premium Vegetable & Herb Potting Mix is the discerning gardener’s choice for edible gardens. Debco’s 50-year history of pioneering the manufacturing and development of soil-less growing media for nurseries in Australia has led to the development of this speciality mix for new vegetable gardens and potted plants. Debco Premium Vegetable & Herb Potting Mix meets AS 3743, ensuring well-composted pine bark grades are combined to deliver premium growing performance. It is blended with specialised bio-stimulants, a wetting agent and environmentally friendly coir fibres. Available in 10L and 25L bags.


14 Social & digital media Michael Nelthorpe says convergence is here − it’s your smartphone. 18 Hanging baskets They are back but with a twist. Be inspired by what’s new and different. 25 Special retail report Jennifer Stackhouse reviews the recovery at garden centres and DIY stores in the UK. 28 Plant names Your guide to why botanic names change with some new ones to get your head around. 34 Marketing There’s a world of ideas out there to help snag more customers.

People & places

9 Melbourne market We take an early morning tour. 10 Green Expo Rachael Blake reports from Queensland’s premium trade show. 16 Garden Centres Australia Leigh Siebler says it's all about passion. 30 Nursery pro le Harts Nursery gets high tech. 32 Tree farming Lauren Butler discovers what’s behind the world’s largest plantations of sandalwood here in northern Australia.

36 Pro le

Meet Grace Scott a recent recipient of

the BBM Youth Support award.

14 Social & Digital Media Special Retail Report 25 Hanging Baskets 18

Vol. 34 No. 3 Spring 2016

Horticultural Marketing, Retailing and Landscaping in Australia

In the summer edition...

• Think local – sustainability makes


• Pro le – an organic success story

• Business development – energy &


• Surviving summer – products &


• Events – your checklist for 2017

• State of the market – future of the




4 Welcome

5 News 10 Events 13 Subscription offer − subscribe now and grab a Fiskars pruner 22 Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc news 37 New plants & products 41 Easy nd & buy 42 Diary dates & ad index Plant Names 28