Australia’s nursery and garden industry shone a spotlight on the nation’s most outstanding environmental warriors by naming the top nurseries and garden centres for their commitment and dedication to improving green space at the prestigious national awards.
The awards, held in Sydney last week, recognise and reward excellence and acknowledge industry leaders as they strive to achieve best business practice within the nursery and garden community.
A spectacular new hybrid, The Princess Lavender, was crowned Australia’s very first Plant of the Year, while the major transformation of Perth Cultural Centre, which includes an innovative rooftop urban orchard and nature-based playground, was recognised as the nation’s Best Greenlife Infrastructure.
Nursery Management Systems, an Australian software program developed to help wholesale businesses manage their day-to-day operations dominated in the new Allied Product of the Year category, while an online initiative by New South Wales charity KidSafe NSW designed to get children gardening received the first Industry Innovation Award.
Businesses on the east coast of the country proved impressive with thriving Rivers Garden and Home in Victoria winning Australia’s Best Lifestyle Garden Award. Regular award winner, Dream-Time Wholesale Nursery came out top in the Best Small Production Nursery category for the third consecutive year, while Alpine Nursery in Alstonville was named Best Large Production Nursery in the country.
Hobart Regional Nursery was honoured Best Government Nursery and the Best Group Garden Centre was taken home by Barossa Nursery in South Australia. West Australians took home two more categories with Zanthorrea Nursery and Alcoa Marrinup Nursery awarded Best Specialty Garden Centre and Best Propagation Nursery respectively.
National Young Leader of the Year was awarded to Daniel Ewings, Nursery Manager for Andreasons Green Nurseries in New South Wales, for his great work and dedication to attracting and mentoring school leavers in horticulture.
Best Growing Media Supplier winner, Queensland’s Green Fingers Potting Mix joined Dream-Time Wholesale Nursery in the Hall of Fame.
CEO of the Nursery and Garden Industry, Robert Prince, said judges were highly impressed with the standard and quality of entries this year and applauds winners for displaying exceptional environmental leadership.
“The industry’s goal is to significantly increase green space over the next six years and the great work demonstrated by our 2014 winners is positive step towards that vision,” he said.
“We can enjoy less pollution and increased workplace productivity, and it’s all thanks to our hardworking nurseries and garden centres that provide the community with much-needed green life,” Mr Prince said.
Australians can look forward to more trees, plants and turf thanks to a campaign by the Nursery and Garden Industry encouraging councils, developers and landscapers to help improve green life in urban areas by 20 per cent before 2020. More than 4.4 million square metres of new green space has already been planted in cities across the country.
To take part in the vision or for more information, visit www.202020vision.com.au.