Industry Awards

The NGIV celebrates the achievements of those working in the industry.

Recent award winners will be recognised here. 

Presidents Distinguished award 2015
David Baker of Combined Nurseries 

This award recognises an individual that has made a significant contribution to the association and the industry over an extended period of time and has done so freely, willingly and selflessly going the extra mile on a regular basis. David is not only a life member but has been a President on the NGIV Board, and more importantly, continues to give to an association that means so much to him. David has overseen MIFGS for 17 years as chair and his efforts, knowledge, steady hand, engagement with government and sponsors and his ability to strengthen the event, are testament to his leadership.

Award of Merit 2015
Chris Henbery of Gardenworld Nursery

Chris has been a high achiever in 2015 for the Victorian nursery industry while teacher Mike Calloway and employer James Wall proudly watched on. Chris represented the industry at the 2015 Victorian Apprentice of the Year Awards and was successful in winning the Victorian Apprentice of the Year against other sectors. It is the first time a person from our industry has won this award.

Tree and Shrub Growers of Victoria / NextGen Scholarship 2015
Elizabeth Gallagher of All Stone Quarries Garden and Landscape

This award is presented to a student who is currently enrolled and studying in an apprenticeship or training course within the horticulture sector. A student who has shown a willingness to contribute to the industry, share learning experiences and is considered an emerging leader in horticulture. 


Apprentice of the Year 2015
Holly Bedyn of Monbulk Rose Farm 

This award goes to a student with the ability to represent the Victorian nursery and garden industry at a broader level, a student who shows outstanding communication and leadership skills and has demonstrated excellent career and study achievements. Holly is dedicated to her study and career and has now enrolled in the Diploma of Horticulture at Swinburne University of Technology. Holly was eager to join the horticulture industry soon after finishing year 12, enrolling in the Production Nursery Apprenticeship with Swinburne University of Technology under the guidance of Mike Callaway.