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Greenworld – Spring 2016


Horticultural Marketing, Retailing

and Landscaping in Australia

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or plant sales to grow, garden centres

need to attract the elusive Millennial

shopper. These are the ‘Gen Y’ group

now in their 20s and early 30s and up until

now, gardening hasn’t been on their to-do

list. Lots of thought, promotion and social

media posts are being directed at this group

to get them interested and it seems it just

may be working.

According to research from the US, sales in

garden centres there have stopped declining

and indeed have begun to grow. The largest

growth has occurred among the Millennials.

These encouraging figures are quoted in Ian

Baldwin’s annual analysis of the National Garden

Association’s National Gardening Survey and

published in

Green Profit

(August, 2016). The

study reflects sales behaviour in 2015 and shows six

million more people are participating in gardening

and of these, five million are Millennials.

The Millennials are particularly interested

in edible gardens and are discovering the

joys of growing food in containers, gardens

and even in community gardens. They are

also rediscovering indoor plants, macramé

hanging baskets and Japanese hanging plants

known as ‘kokedama’ or Japanese moss balls.

These cute little living decorations are all the

rage right now.

Holding a kokedama workshop is bound to

have Millennials on your doorstep. I look at

how to make these new-style hanging plants in

our focus on hanging baskets (see pages 18−20).

Like all hanging plants, kokedama are

highly susceptible to drying out. A colleague

in Western Australia put out a Facebook

alert after the first warm day recently

warning everyone about the fire potential

of kokedamas. She’d let one dry out, left it

on an outdoor sink and found it starting to

smoulder as the sun’s rays began to heat up.

I’ll be adding ‘soak your kokedama’ to my

summer gardening checklists!

It is about size

In this issue we also introduce two growers who

are doing things big. Lauren Butler discovered

what goes into growing sandalwood when she

spoke to Ken Robson and Matt Barnes from

Tropical Forestry Services (TFS).

This company has the largest plantations

of sandalwood not just in Australia but

anywhere in the world. Sandalwood is a

partially parasitic plant so research into how

to grow it successfully has meant working out

how to grow its host plants. It’s a fascinating

story and reassuring to know that Australian

research may be helping save these plants,

which are threatened in the wild. Read all

about these interesting plants on page 32−33.

Kerrie Hart from Harts Nursery in the Gold

Coast hinterland is almost finished building

a vast nursery with lots of state-of-the-art

technology. He says relocating his nursery from

its outer city site opened up the opportunity to

future-proof the business (page 30−31). Harts

was one of the 80 exhibitors that took part in

Green Expo held in August on the Gold Coast.

Rachael Blake was there for


and her

story begins on page 10.

Queenslanders have been busy over the

past few weeks showcasing their plants at

Nambour’s Queensland Garden Show in

July and at the Ekka following Green Expo

in August. Paul Plant reports on displays

created for the Ekka by Australian Institute of

Horticulture members (see page 22).

There are spring shows coming up right across

Australia that put the spotlight on plants and

gardens and help make spring the

busiest time in nurseries,

garden centres and gardens


Happy spring



Jennifer Stackhouse


Harts Nursery has a new site in the Gold Coast hinterland, state-

of-the art buildings and technology all designed to future-proof

the business.

Kokedama (or Japanese moss balls) are trendy right

now especially with Millennial shoppers.