Dinner and tour of Alwoyn Gardens

Tree and Shrub Growers Victoria March Event

We’re extremely fortunate to be able to call upon a number of stunning NGIV member venues to host our events, and our March Tree and Shrub Growers event at Alowyn Gardens and Nursery was no exception. 
Situated in Yarra Glen in the heart of the fertile Yarra Valley, a visit to NGIV members Alowyn Gardens and Nursery is a real treat. On an autumnal March evening over 80 NGIV members came along to a dinner and tour of the gardens. 

It was a wonderful show of industry strength for our guest of honour, Deputy Liberal Leader and Shadow Minister for Regional Cities and for Tourism, Major Events and Sport, Cindy McLeish, who left with a wonderful impression and a sense of the significance of our industry. 

Having recently became NGIV members, John and Prue, the owners of Alowyn Gardens and Nursery, indicated their desire to host an industry event. Our Training & Events Officer, Lizzie Earl, worked with them to deliver an event and audience that they were delighted with. If you’re an NGIV member and you’d be keen to host an event, get in touch. 

The Gardens themselves were looking majestic and benefiting from a dose of autumn colour. The spine of the garden is a 100m-long arbour covered in wisteria and roses, with a sunken rose garden and classical fountain as the centrepiece, from which a series of separate areas unfold.

It was fantastic to see everyone enjoying the evening and the chance to catch up with old friends and making new ones. There was a good turn out from our retail members, who took the opportunity to network with growers. And we were particularly pleased to have such a large number of female horticulturists attend, we endeavour to make all our events welcoming and inclusive to all. 

The Tree and Shrub Growers of Victoria is the largest sectional interest group of the Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV). The group consists of members of the NGIV involved with nursery plant production and allied trade and provides fantastic networking opportunities across all areas of industry. Contact NGIV to find out more and learn how to become a member of the Tree and Shrub Growers of Victoria.

Thank you to all our members for attending, to Cindy McLeish MP for being so generous with her time and words, to Tree and Shrub Growers of Victoria Chairman, Heath McKenzie, for being our wonderful MC, and of course to John and Prue for providing the perfect venue.