Victoria is known as the Garden State due to its magnificent public and private gardens, but also due to the professionalism and size of the Nursery, Garden and Landscape industries.
Malvern East in Melbourne's inner south east is where the Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) calls home. As the peak industry body for the State's ornamental horticulture industry its membership base covers production, wholesale, retail and allied trades. NGIV represents the interests of an industry worth over $1.6 billion and employing more than 11,000 people.
NGIV ASSOCIATION OFFICESuite 3 / 307 Wattletree Road
EAST MALVERN VIC 3145
PO BOX 2280
Wattletree Road LPO
EAST MALVERN VIC 3145
T: 03 9576 0599
F: 03 9576 0431
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.ngiv.com.au
Bay Road Nursery
VICE PRESIDENTPaul Boland
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERCraig Taberner
LIFE MEMBERSDavid Baker
John van der Horst
NGIV OFFICE STAFF
EXECUTIVE MEMBERSMatthew Davis
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Humphris Nursery Pty Ltd
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Background and History
Over the last 100+ years, Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria has worked hard to maintain strong relationships with its members and the wider industry. As the peak industry body it remains committed to the success of horticultural businesses around the state.
Special Interest Groups
Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria manages a number of special interest groups. These include the Tree & Shrub Growers, Victorian Schools Garden Awards and NextGen.
The Tree & Shrub Growers provides a virtual blueprint for how a special interest group should function. Encompassing growers and allied traders, their meetings typically attract more than 100 people every month.
NextGen, a group of younger people representing future key leaders in the nursery industry, is overseen by its own Committee of Management. Members are able to access a variety of technical and social activities aimed at boosting their knowledge and skills.
Now in its 38th year, the Victorian Schools Garden Awards have undergone a major change with the program now split between a grants and an awards program. Established by the late Kevin Heinze and current patron Paul Crowe OA M, the Victorian Schools Garden Awards is considered the most successful program of its type in Australia.
The Nursery & Garden Industry's monthly trade market at Caribbean Gardens continues to go from strength to strength drawing buyers and sellers to what is the largest market of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Trade Day is a vital component of the broader industry in Victoria and both membership and buyer numbers continue to grow.
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
The 2015 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) was again a huge success with estimated media coverage reaching an audience of over 78 million people. The NGIV prides itself on this flagship event, and will continue to invest in the show's long term future.
Key NGIV show components:
- The REVEALED precinct where industry members could release new product
- The Avenue of Achievable Gardens, promoting horticultural students and local learning institutes
- The Tree & Shrub Growers Garden – incorporating informative talks and volunteers on hand to offer advice
- Staging of the Garden State Cocktail Reception in partnership with industry bodies Landscaping Victoria & AILDM
Each of these were a learning exercise and each will be presented slightly different next year. One big winner was the REVEALED precinct which drew lots of attention from both the media and industry.
Advocacy and Governance
Ongoing advocacy work is one of the NGIV's strengths, and the NGIV Board and staff work closely with the Victorian Government and its various agencies to promote and protect the wellbeing of the wider nursery industry in this state. With connections to Government leaders, their advisors and policy drivers, NGIV is able to use these networks to deliver outcomes for its members.
Groundswell is a key industry magazine, reaching a wide array of businesses, locally and nationally. Produced monthly, this publication has stood the test of time and is a must read for all those involved in the industry.
The NGIV are working on a program to provide member discounts across a range of providers from domestic brands to commercial operators including gas, electricity to specific industry needs.