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NEWS

ASSO CIA TION NEW S THE GUILD OF LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS (GOLD)

The Guild of Landscape Designers (GoLD) is the only organisation aiming at the needs of the individual landscape designers. Our membership includes designers from across Southern Africa. The reason for GoLD’s establishment was for the advancement and increased awareness of the role of professional Landscape Designers operating within the green industries and has been working to this end since its inception in 2004. The organisation continues to grow from strength to strength with an ever-increasing footprint. GoLD has grown over recent years with a rich diverse culture, showcasing young and

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSERY ASSOCIATION (SANA) The South African Nursery Association has a proud 70-year track record linking growers, retailers, allied trade and bedding plant growers. With a deep understanding of the diversity within the industry, as well as the need for networking platforms and representation at government level, SANA has ensured that all of the different associations are represented by a chairperson who holds a seat on the executive council board of SANA. Allied, Bulb & Seed Trade Association (ABSTA) is made up of all suppliers of non-plant material including posts, fertilisers, water features, ceramics, pesticides, seeds and bulbs. It is the biggest and most diverse group within SANA. Pesticides, packaging and recycling are hot topics on the agenda of this association.

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old landscapers. To support this growth the organisation has successfully managed to have its membership demographic represented in their board. Most recently 2017/2018 Tristan Price (Male, 24) and Lesego Seloane (Female, 27) have been added on to the Executive Committee of GoLD.

In our experiences, it is very difficult to survive the intense problem-solving world of landscape design without a support network. To us it is very important to make the process of being able to design to the maximum levels of creativity possible for every project and client and, with the support of GoLD that can happen.

One of our key focus areas is to support new landscapers coming into the industry and to help achieve this we have an active calendar of events that includes networking events for members to be introduced to ranges of new products and services available. We also arrange a series of workshops each year to enable members to continue to expand their knowledge and skills. All these events are eagerly anticipated by our members.

We have a jam-packed line up for 2018. For more information please see our website www.landscapeguild.co.za or call us on 011 568 4420. Follow us on social media.

In addition, we have a hotly sought after mentorship programme that helps newer designers to work with our top Platinum members to help them find their feet in our amazing industry.

Bedding Plant Growers Association (BPGA) represents a group of growers specialising in flower and vegetable seedlings. This vibrant group actively markets on social media and in consumer magazines to grow market share and awareness of bedding plants. Published articles include Bedding Plants of the Month, companion planting and new variety releases. Garden Centre Association (GCA) could be called the ‘face of SANA’, as they interact directly with consumers and not just other industry members. GCA garden centres are marketed through our Life is a Garden marketing campaign (www.lifeisagarden.co.za). An annual Garden Centre Competition raises standards within this association and we pride ourselves on the service and professionalism our members exhibit. Growers Association incorporates all ornamental growers – shrubs, trees, flowering plants, roses and even indoor plants. The second biggest association within SANA, this group strives to produce consistent world-class quality plant material. The group hosts growers tours to various regions within South Africa (and soon to Europe) to exposure its members to new innovations, production and propagation

techniques. Marketing via the Life is a Garden consumer website educates and inspires consumers on what to plant each month – aptly called Top Plants of the Month. SANA, working with these four sectors, creates a strong chain from producer to end-user. Joint networking functions such as our annual Trade Fairs and Conventions form the perfect platform for members to forge business links. For more information: www.sana.co.za

"The South African Nursery Association has a proud 70-year track record linking growers, retailers, allied trade and bedding plant growers" Pro Landscaper Africa | April 2018

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