Continuing a green family history
My father Barry Waldeck is an Australian horticultural icon who created a household name in his home state of Western Australia with a chain of leading garden centres, Waldeck Nurseries. In addition to his many and varied entrepreneurial exploits, my Dad was a pioneer of and tireless advocate for the broader horticultural industry, giving endless hours to industry associations including the NGIA, NGIWA, GCA and IGCA to name but a few.
An excerpt from the International Garden Centre News, June 2003, gives a snapshot of his lifelong contribution:
“The AGM of the Australian GCA held in Sydney during the NGIA Conference saw Barry Waldeck being awarded an Honorary Life Membership in GCA. Barry was one of the original founders of GCA, was its inaugural chairman and was responsible for its rebirth in 1994. Barry, in conjunction with Peter Trevarthen and Yates, started the GCA Awards, now the Australian Garden Industry Awards, and has been a mover and shaker over the years. Barry was also responsible for implementing the IGCA Congress in Australia in 1998, that not only put the GCA on the world map of garden centres but also put some much needed money into the “Australian coffer”. Congratulations, Barry!”
Sadly, my father passed away in 2003 and isn’t able to give me the gardening advice (solicited and unsolicited) that I know he would be itching to give. But it gives me great pleasure to, in some small way, continue his legacy whether in print, through the development of my own magnificent garden, or teaching my kids the joy of coaxing green life from soil. I hope I do him proud.