Troy McKenzie on newly banned plants
Troy has a Diploma of Horticulture and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. He opened and managed Northcote Pottery's Adelaide warehouse and distribution office.
He has previously managed two garden centres, one in SA and the other in Victoria and has had substantial horticultural business relationships prior to opening The Leaf Boutique.
Troy spoke on the growing number of plants that are now banned from sale.
Troy used a very informal presentation method, and as he spoke to projected images of newly banned plants, he encouraged the audience to ask questions of him, and this promoted quite healthy discussions.
The inclusion of a number of the plants on the list was rather perplexing, and the general opinion from the meeting was that insufficient plant awareness and knowledge on the part of the selectors was a very disturbing factor.
Further discussions with the selectors by major affected parties is to be encouraged to limit unnecessary expense to both businesses and consumers across the industry. Many of the newly banned plants are not causing problems in this state.
On request, he also runs workshops on Companion Planting, Rose and Fruit Tree Pruning, Carnivorous Plants and Composting. The list just keeps growing….
Late addition (April 2016) happened to be researching prior to planting some purchased stock, and found this rather disturbing piece of information relating to Ornithogalum umbellatum (Star of bethlehem)