The Young Leader Award seeks to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals in the Australian nursery and garden industry, who display exceptional commitment and passion towards their business, the industry and industry leadership potential. It is open to all industry employees and employers under 35 years of age.
The 2013 honours went to Sarah Peacock (Formerly of Jambaroo Native Nursery) who narrowly edged-out Leigh Brennan of Andreasens Green for the title. Sarah was awarded the trophy by Gary Eyles who was instrumental in the establishment of the Heather Rumsey Memorial Award in 2009 and the Nursery and Garden Industry Association CEO Robert Prince.
The award winners for all other categories were announced by the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell at the opening of the Green Expo Sydney at Rosehill Gardens. The Premier commented on the high standard of professionalism from stand holders at GES and the outstanding quality of plants on display. These comments were echoed by the judges who agreed that deciding the winners was a very difficult task. This year's judges were: Daniel Mansfield from Mansfields Propagation Nursery, Greenworld Magazine editor Jennifer Stackhouse and freelance journalist Robin Powell.
The Fusion Showcase is a collection of the industry’s latest exciting plants and products, which have been released in the last 12 months. Entries are judged on their innovation, performance, consumer appeal and suitability to industry.
Gold Award Kenthurst Nursery Gardenia radicans ‘O So Fine”
Gold Award Eyles Citrus Eureka Seedless Lemon
SilverAward Hortfresh (PlantNet) BlueBerry Burst
Silver Award Highsun Geranium Big Pink
Silver Award Ozbreed Alternanthera dentate “Little Ruby”
Bronze Award Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Microgreen Seeds & Growing Tray
Bronze Award Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Little Gardeners Growing Range for Kids
Gold Award Organic Crop Protectants Metcalf Trichoderma Range Disease Control
Silver Award Hortiman Hortipedia iphone app store
Bronze Award Amgrow Amgrow Weed Blitz
The Stand Awards are judged on visual appeal, professionalism, attention to details and plant or product quality.
Best in Show Ramm Botanicals
Gold Award Traden Tubes
Silver Award Glenleigh Wholesale Nursery
Bronze Award United Nurseries
Gold Award Debco
Silver Award Motyaj
Bronze Award Cut AboveTools