Greenworld – Spring 2016
More bad news for bees
A new study has shown that neonicotinoids
may damage bee fertility. The study carried
out at the University of Bern has pinpointed
thiamethoxam and clothianidin, two
neonicotinoid insecticides, which may have a
contraceptive effect on male honeybees.
Flowers for younger buyers
A UK company is targeting young urban
dwellers as potential new consumers for
flowers and plants. A new brand called Kado
(a Japanese word meaning ‘the way of flowers’)
is being used along with neutral colours and
simple graphics to attract this niche market. The
brand is carried by supermarket Waitrose with
marketing on social media.
Search on for top indoor plants
Rhipsalis has been named the UK’s Favourite
Office Plant of the Year. Runner up was firesticks
), while the hard-to-kill
Zanzibar gem (
) came in
at number three. Other nominees were pachira
), staghorn fern (
) and peperomia. The award is run
by efig (the European Federation of Interior
Landscape Groups) to promote the uses and
benefits of interior plants.
the winners of our
Among all the
gardens, was our
from Kyabram, Victoria who said that if she
were creating a miniscape, she would include
, selaginella, golden and
handmade mushrooms/air dried clay figurines
that I like to make and paint.” Di receives a signed
copy of Clea Cregan’s
too to Vivian Scarpari from Upwey, Victoria;
Kylie Bretherton from Stawell, Victoria; Kristyn
Blackley from Picton, New South Wales; and
Camille Visser from Yerrinbool, New South
Wales on their entries. Each has also won a
. For more information on
by Clea Cregan, visit our website atwww.greenworldmag.com.au
Final bids for HTH and Masters are on the table
Bunnings may have a new rival in the $48 billion
Australian home improvement market, if Home
Timber & Hardware (HTH), which is owned by
Woolworths, and Mitre 10 (owned by Metcash)
merge to become a $2.2 billion wholesaler. The
merger would see approximately 650 stores
operating under the Mitre 10, Home Timber &
Hardware, True Value Hardware and Thrifty Link
banners. Many have garden departments.
The merger would result in the Australian
hardware industry having just one full-service
hardware wholesaler, which would lead to reduced
competition in this segment.
Woolworths’ other troubled home improvement
chain, Masters, is expected to be sold separately
from HTH, with the Blackstone Group, a
consortium backed by property group Charter
Hall and other bidders in the process of
negotiating a deal.
Final bids for Masters and HTH were placed in
mid July, with sources reporting that there may be
six active bidders, some for HTH alone, some for
Masters alone and two other firms bidding for both
HTH and Masters. The bids for both businesses
may pose difficulties for Metcash, as Woolworths
may prefer a single, uncomplicated deal. Anchorage
Capital Partners is also rumoured to be a likely
candidate and has been linked to Metcash.
Much of the industry remains divided on
Metcash’s bid to acquire HTH for an estimated
$200 million. While some retailers support the
acquisition, arguing that Metcash offers plenty of
logistics and purchasing expertise as well as on-
going support to independent retailers, opposing
retailers disagreed with the merger, claiming
they did not want to be in business with their
competitor. Some retailers felt that a breakaway
group may be formed if the merger went ahead.
Metcash also own the grocery chain IGA.
The ACCC has approved, albeit with conditions,
Metcash’s purchase of HTH. With that in place,
a final decision by Woolworths and its adviser,
Citigroup, is expected soon.
Garden centre congress heads to Canada
The 2017 International Garden Centres
Association congress will be based in Niagara
Falls in Canada in 2017. The congress will run
from September 17−22 with
a program of discussions
and tours, some of which
are new to the congress and
will be debuting in Canada.
Julia Ricottone from the
Canadian Nursery Landscape
Association says September in
Canada is a time of year when
garden centres are moving
into autumn and Halloween-
themed displays, weather is
getting cooler and leaves are
starting to colour. To see how
the congress is shaping up
over the months ahead, Julia
suggests watching the group’s website (www.igcacanada2017.ca
) and clicking ‘like’ on the
group’s Facebook for updates and highlights.
Niagara Falls in Canada is the base for the 2017 IGCA congress.
Changes are afoot in Australia’s hardware stores with the sale of theWoolworths’ owned Masters and a proposed merger between HTH
and Mitre 10.