Another great success to celebrate excellence 2018 NGISA Awards of Excellence dinner

“One of the best ever” – That was the general opinion of many of the 140 guests who attended the 2018 NGISA Awards of Excellence dinner on Friday 24 November.

A new award, the NGISA Hall of Fame award, went to Brunnings Garden Products.

For 10 years in a row Brunnings Garden Products has taken out the ‘Best Allied Trader award’, so they are now to be welcomed as our first inductee into our new Hall of Fame,” said NGISA Vice President David Eaton.

Because of the award they stepped aside from the voting for this year’s awards.

The Awards of Excellence winners are….

Allied Traders, sponsored by Native Plant Wholesalers

Best Service, Best Value, Best Service & Staff Appreciation – Amgrow

Most Improved– Wholesale Plants & Products

Overall winner: Amgrow

Production Nurseries, sponsored by Van Schaiks BioGro

Best Service: tie – Poplar Grove and Heynes Wholesale nurseries

Best Value: Poplar Grove Wholesale Nursery

Best Service and Staff Appreciation: Heynes Wholesale Nursery & special mention, April Coombe

Most Improved: Adelaide Plant Growers

Overall winner: tie – Poplar Grove and Heynes Wholesale nurseries

 Retail Business, sponsored by Wholesale Plants & Products

Best Presentation & Care of Product: tie – Barossa Nursery & Virginia Home & Garden

Most Innovative: Semaphore Pets & Garden

Best Service & Staff Appreciation: Garden Grove

Most Improved: Cleveland Nursery

Overall Winner: Garden Grove

Hardware Garden Centre, sponsored by Ball Australia

Most Improved: Glynde Mitre 10

Best Presentation & Care of Product, Best Service & Staff Appreciation, Most Innovative: Barrow & Bench Mitre 10

Overall Winner: Barrow & Bench Mitre 10

Important awards were the Doug Smart Memorial Ward of Merit and the Award of Honour.

Son of Doug, Nick Smart, presented the Award of Merit to Brett Draper, Nursery Manager at Barrow & Bench Mitre 10 Malvern. This award goes to someone who is not a member of NGISA but makes a major contribution to the promotion of gardening in South Australia.

Brett plays a significant role in the promotion of gardening through his involvement on the horticultural committee of the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society (RAHS).

NGISA’s highest award for contribution to the industry and promotion of gardening went to Jon Hall from Newman’s Nursery.

Jon was and is a strong supporter of the AGCAS – Australian Garden Accreditation Scheme – when it was first introduced – and helped establish the Camellia Society in South Australia, as the longest serving member.

Jon has served on the RAHS Horticultural committee for over 20 years and has been a major contributor to the various Garden festivals including Gardens Alive.

Recognising our industry’s future leaders

This year a new award was added to those presented and it was to recognise a most outstanding TAFE SA student. It was sponsored by Heynes Wholesale Nursery and presented by Carl Heyne.

Three nominations were put forward by TAFE, Elly Potter, Giorgio Pantelis and Imogen Owen for their outstanding work and the winner chosen by the NGISA Board was Imogen Owen.

The Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award, sponsored by Poplar Grove Wholesale Nursery, went to Elly Potter. She was nominated by Crafers Garden Centre where she has been working part-time.

The Young Leader of the Year, sponsored by SA Water was unique this year as it went to two people, twins Chris and Stephen Simon, from Morgan Park Garden Centre. They were both nominated by several members for their contributions to industry.

Stephen is a current member of the board and both of them are strong participants in the Next Gen group.