The Australian nursery and garden industry has embarked on an exciting Nursery Levy funded Research and Development Project “NY11001 Plant health biosecurity, risk management and capacity building for the nursery industry”. The project commenced in October 2011 in partnership with the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Queensland.
The nursery industry Water Management Toolbox aims to assist production nurseries in on-farm water management. This resource comprises of simple calculators for growers to manage nursery irrigation and drainage water to support sustainable and responsible use of water resources as well as the industry accreditation, certification and training programs. The calculators are derived from:
• The popular industry book titled ‘Managing Water in Plant Nurseries’
• The industry training program Waterwork
• Existing industry programs and Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland
The Australian Nursery and Garden Industry has released version 2 of the Myrtle Rust Management Plan (Version 2; February 2012) to assist the Australian Nursery Industry manage Myrtle Rust on ALL plants from the Myrtaceae family.
This Myrtle Rust Management Plan has been developed for use by production nurseries and retailers of greenlife including garden centres, greenlife markets (wholesalers), big box hardware, supermarkets, chain stores, etc. The plan was developed and written by Queensland Nursery Industry Development Manager Mr. John McDonald.
This years Improve your Plant/Life Balance (PLB) message of ‘More Trees Please’ (MTP) was both well represented and received on National Tree Day at the City of Sydney media site.
Planet Ark provided NGIA both space and a marquee for the day were we could promote both our PLB and MTP messages to all those in attendance on the day. Tree plantings were carried out on the day by both the public and also Lord Mayor Clover Moore who was also in attendance.
Our PLB stand was very ‘hands-on’ with plugs of Dianella being potted up by visitors into biodegradable pots (supplied by Ramm Botanicals) which they could then take home to grow.
The ambassador for National Tree Day this year was the Lorax who added a bit of colour and fun to the event, especially for the children in attendance. For those not familiar with The Lorax, it is a Dr Seuss character who is the ‘protector of the trees’.
See the trailer below for the 2012 movie adaptation:
March 2nd marks Phase 2 of the industry’s Improve Your Plant/Life Balance campaign. The focus of this year’s campaign is ‘More Trees Please’ which is designed to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of trees to the wider community.
Why ‘More Trees Please’?
Activities such as National Tree Day have resulted in more trees being planted, however the many benefits associated with these trees is still lacking, particularly in urban communities.
Australia’s entrant in the International Association of Horticultural Producers’ Grower of the Year Award has been selected as one of only six finalists from around the world.
Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery from Victoria was nominated by Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) after winning two national awards for three years running.
“It is great news for Australia to have our entrant in contention for the prestigious Golden Rose, the equivalent of an Olympic gold medal for our industry,” the CEO of NGIA, Mr Robert Prince said today.