Pesticides – less is more

By Denis Crawford

Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, published in 1962, detailed the impact of pesticides on wildlife. The book was one of the factors which led to the phasing out of DDT. Unfortunately, recent reports show some of the pesticides we use today also have unintended impacts on wildlife.Continue reading

Salvia apiana – White Sage

By Clive Larkman

It has been over twelve years since I first started writing for Hort Journal and most of the articles have been about herbs and other edibles. Early on, I wrote a series on the genus Salvia which basically focused on the ornamental forms, although most of us know of “Sage” as the edible herb, Salvia officinalis and its narrow range of cultivars.Continue reading

Nursery Papers: Understanding the nursery levy

Production nurseries pay a levy on the wholesale value of all containers in which plants are grown for resale or used in the production of other goods.

The Australian Government entrusts most of these levies to the Research and Development Corporation (RDC), Horticulture Innovation Australia, under a Deed of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE).… Continue reading

Horticultural trials show positive ways forward post-COVID19

By John Fitzsimmons

At the end of one of the most challenging and chequered years in memory, NGIV (Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria) and top breeders and growers proudly presented the 2020 Australian Horticultural Trials. The event provided industry with an ‘umbrella-brand’ to showcase innovations in container and bedding plants plus indoor and outdoor plants, complemented by opportunities for promotional and networking opportunities for the trade.Continue reading

Winners announced at 2020 NGINA Industry Awards

The winners of the 2020 Nursery & Garden Industry NSW & ACT (NGINA) industry awards were announced at a sell-out gala celebration at Springfield House, Dural recently. Hosted by Logie winner, Costa Georgiadis, an Australian landscape architect, television presenter and host of Gardening Australia, the awards recognised wholesale/production nurseries, retail nurseries, allied suppliers and industry bloomers from across NSW and the ACT for being the top of their fields.Continue reading

Trees etc. – Gary Moran (@arborsmarty)

Gary Moran is a consulting arborist from South Australia, originally from the USA, that runs the famous Trees etc. Twitter account, and he’s provided an incredible episode that helps us understand trees a little bit better. We talk about the power of social media, what he sees when he looks at a tree, and epicormic growth on trees among many other things.… Continue reading