“Rarely do you see the landscape industry come together as one. There should be more events like this where the broader landscape community can network and establish bonds and closer ties”, said LNA President Robert Stanton.
The venue was the old Cell Block Theatre at the National Arts School in Darlinghurst, Sydney. This theatre was originally the women’s wing of the old Darlinghurst Gaol and held some of Sydney's most notorious criminals including "Queen of the underworld" Kate Leigh.
Planning for the event started many months ago. It was decked out with plants of all shapes and sizes, lighting, sound, lounges and bars. Entertainment included a DJ and a roving magician who had many guests asking what was in their drinks. Guests were treated to cocktails and canapés throughout the night.
The night was always intended to be an informal and fun occasion. The only formalities included presentations by the President of the LNA, Robert Stanton, and Peter Knox, Managing Director of Alpine Nurseries. Robert spoke about the increase in LNA member numbers throughout 2011 and the LNA’s plans to increase that membership further. Peter spoke about the LNA and his belief that the LNA is now a professional association giving real support to its members.
“Alpine Nurseries supports the LNA because we want to help raise the profile of the landscape industry and have an open dialogue with landscape contractors about how this can be best achieved”, said Peter.
It was a magical night with lots of happy faces and dancing later in the evening. The atmosphere was amazing, particularly when the sun went down and the lighting lit up the cell block walls and plants inside the venue.
Distinguished guests included:
• Ray Williams - Member for Hawkesbury
• Christina Bunbury and Roger Jasprizza - Association of Landscape Architects (AILA)
• Representatives from the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM)
• Steve Simpson – President of Landscape Australia Inc (LAI)
• Jeff Cooke & Bob Wynyard – Nursery and Garden Industry NSW and ACT Association (NGINA)
The night also included some very cool prizes including an iPad2, night’s stay at the Sydney Observatory Hotel and Caterpillar Merchandise pack. The lucky winners included Greenacres Landscapes, Green Rooms and Parramatta City Council.
Landscape NSW & ACT would like to thank the following companies for their efforts to create a very special Christmas party atmosphere:
• Alpine Nurseries - Hosts
• ME Lighting - Lighting
• Garden Life – Layout design
• Eco Outdoors – Furniture
• Botton and Gardiner – Furniture
• Jaded Images – Photography
The 2012 LNA Christmas party will be held on November 16 next year and we look forward to bringing you another memorable night.
About LNA Members
Masters of many crafts and skills, the association’s contractors may carry out concept design, look after practical work of creating the landscape and be able to suggest imaginative ways to solve the design challenges that may be encountered. Works can range from earthworks, new contours, paving, building pergolas or retaining walls, importing new soil or rocks, water features, lighting and electrical, through to selecting and planting the species of plants which adorn the garden.
To become a member of Landscape NSW and ACT or for more information on how we can support your business email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9630 4844.
About the LNA
Formally the Landscape Contractors Association of NSW & ACT (LCA).
Landscape NSW and ACT was formed in 1979 with an aim to raise the public perception of the landscape industry via increased quality in landscape construction works. Now highly regarded, the association has earned the respect of the construction industry, statutory bodies and other associated professionals. Its objective is to build, lead and manage relationships to deliver optimum membership benefits.
The LNA is a progressive association of committed professionals working in an exciting and expanding industry. It comprises commercial and residential landscape contractors, landscape designers, students and educators, as well as landscape service and product suppliers.
The LNA promotes standards of ‘Quality, Pride and Professionalism’ on behalf of its member base. The LNA develops programs, undertakes initiatives and forms alliances in order to achieve sustainable prosperity for its members.
The LNA is also supported by many sponsors that assist to achieve the objectives of the LNA:
Platinum Sponsors - Amber Australia, Andreasens Green Wholesale Nurseries, WesTrac, and Universal Magazines
Gold Sponsors - Alpine Nurseries, Nationwide insurance brokers, Westpac
Silver Sponsors - Komatsu, MCA Business Education & Training