On a perfect Melbourne Spring afternoon, Victorian IPA members gathered for the pilot of Graeme Reid’s ‘Indoor Plant Technician’ workshop – free to member’s event.
Hosted by indoor and outdoor plant supplier LandscapeLink the workshop was a casual and social event as well as informative for participants and a learning curve for IPA.
Kevin and the Team at Landscape Link provided the perfect backdrop of beautiful indoor plants, (some IPA Members were seen loading up on stock before the Event!) whilst the mobile coffee van was a great opportunity for an afternoon caffeine hit before things got started, allowing the 40 plus members to introduce themselves to other likeminded plantscapers.
Ten IPA member companies were represented which was a great turnout for the Victorian membership.
The aim of the workshop was to spread the experience and knowledge of Graeme and his partner Siiri, gained over 30 years of interior plantscaping with Tropical Plant Rentals. Graeme gave a frank and forthright account of the industry plus tips on how to best look after indoor plants for profit, all condensed into 2 hours.
There was group discussion and plenty of questions and participation by all. Feedback revealed a large appetite for more specific watering, pest & disease and lighting information especially as it related to specific plants that we all use – important feedback for IPA and future events.
Overall the comments were very positive – to the extent of asking about more such events in the future. IPA will aim, with the good will of Graeme to refine and present this workshop to other States and the message to other IPA members is to network with your peers, even if just socially over a coffee.
As President I was very pleased to see the warm interactions between members who are striving to constantly improve the industry so we can all prosper doing the thing we love.
On behalf of all who attended I would like to thank Graeme and Siiri for their time, Kevin and the team at Landscape Link for the venue and the sponsorship of Tropical Plant Rentals and Corporate Plants so the event could be free for IPA members.
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