NGINA Annual Awards
NGINA Members Hit the Jackpot at Nursery Awards Night
It was a safe bet for the nursery industry crowd who attended this year's NGINA End of Year Awards evening. There were sounds of laughter and exclamations from the post award Casino where everyone was given $10,000 in "play" money to try their luck. Held at the Twin Creeks Golf Club, Luddenham, we saw the bestowal of 4 special NGINA Awards of Honour and presentations to all winners in the NGINA 2018 Member's Choice Awards.There was also recognition of a growing number of Long Service Awards and the fantastic loyalty they have demonstrated over the years.
The proceedings were well run by our MC for the night, Jeremiah Hartmann whose early career whilst studying included a stint at Honeysuckle Nursery.
NGINA Awards of Honour
Richard Miles - Tubestock Growers Perpetual Award
Richard retired last year, but it cannot be overlooked that his complete dedication to the Tubestock growers and his unrelenting passion for quality which along with his brother Greg, built a very successful business.The nursery was one of the founding members of the Tubestock Growers Group of NSW having been formed in the 1970's and resurrected in 1992 under his chairmanship. His tenure as the Chairman for 3 terms and greater than 50% of the 40 years of the Tubestock Growers Group is one of his biggest contributions in raising the professional standards of propagation, plants, nursery products, services, and the education, training and mentoring of those either within or affiliated to the nursery industry. Read the citation.
Warwick Fletcher - Outstanding Service to a Region or Special Interest group
Organising the Northern Rivers region is not always an easy task. These activities always take a significant amount of time and he has, despite a very heavy workload in his very successful business, always made the time to drive, assist, cajole and support the regional group. He has just stepped down from the chair position ensuring he had succession plans in place. Read the citation
Peter and Jennifer Ollerenshaw - Award Of Merit
There are a few Husband and Wife teams in the horticultural industry but it is rare where you see both of them make such a significant contribution, not only through their breeding program which has created many new cultivars but also their dedication to the Tubestock Growers Group over many years as contributing committee members. Their journey has been one of continuous improvement and discovery, their voluntary work in supporting the industry is also acknowledged as are their innovations in plant breeding that will continue to benefit industry well into the future. Read the citation
Karen Smith - Allan Seale Award
Karen has worked as a horticultural teacher, runs her own consulting business and business network group with a focus in ornamental plants. Karen also has been a selector for Australian Open Gardens, an author and columnist for community newspapers and has been a regular guest on Sydney talkback radio and weekly on 2RRR the Real Gardener.
Her appointment as Editor of the then newly established industry horticultural publication Hort Journal and its first publication in July 2008 is testament to her commitment to setting the direction for the professionalism of the horticultural industry. Read the citation
NGINA Member's Choice Awards 2018
- Grower of the Year: The Green Gallery
- Retailer of the Year: Heritage Gardens Nursery
- Supplier of the Year: Ball Australia
- Rising Star of the Year: Stephen Solomons
NGINA Member's Choice Best Regional Businesses 2018
- Mid North Coast: Total Gardens
- Central Coast Hunter: Nature's Care Nursery
- Northern Rivers: GreenLife Structures
- South Coast: Winter Hill Tree Farm
These events do not happen without the valued support of NGINA Partners – Garden City Plastics, Suttons Trucks, Commonwealth Bank, Prime Super and Brunnings Gardman.
Check out award winners from past years below:
This year’s awards proved that it’s quality, not quantity that really counts. Apart from the Awards of Honour which are NGINA board nominations, entries to the national awards were hampered by the introduction of new criteria and processes, exacerbated by a busy start to spring trade.
Lots of hard work payed off for businesses and key individuals at NGINA's prestigious Garden Industry awards night. Top nurseries and garden centres were hailed for their commitment to the industry and the community. In a more relaxed presentation ceremony in Dural Country Club on the 20th of November excellence in business was recognised and honoured as nursery and garden industry leaders strive to achieve best business practice.