WA's top nurseries were recognised at last week's Nursery and Garden Industry Awards, with Zanthorrea Nursery, Maida Vale, named the best specialty garden centre.
The WA winners of the NGIA Awards - which recognise excellence in business practices, products and service within the nursery and gardening industry - also included Domus Nursery (best large production nursery) and Natural Area Management and Services (best small production nursery).
Recognised for its innovative representation of Australian native plants, Zanthorrea Nursery has been in operation for 37 years.
It is co-owned and managed by Alec and Jackie Hooper, who have injected their passion for patriotic plants into the centre's grounds, which span more than 2000sqm including manicured display gardens that showcase natives in various themes.
Mrs Hooper said Zanthorrea was a great destination for garden lovers.
"We have been here a long time and have beautiful established gardens for people to wander through, lawn and seating areas, pathways and a refreshments zone . . . People come from far away to visit for a day," she said.
"We're a family business and employ people who are enthusiastic about the industry and business. Our youngest son Ross has worked with us for 10 years and is very keen. He'll eventually take over the business and keep it in the family."
Zanthorrea employee Danielle Wells was also recognised with the Heather Rumsey Young Leader Award, which celebrates people under 35 who excel in their field.
"Danielle came to us just after leaving school in the country and has been with us for around six years," Mrs Hooper said.
"She is very enthusiastic about the industry and Zanthorrea and she's always the one who gets things done."
NGIWA president Colin Groom said the awards showcased the high calibre of the WA nursery and garden industry.
"It (the awards process) is the opportunity for our close-knit industry to come together to recognise and celebrate those businesses and individuals who are outstanding in their field," he said.
The City of Stirling was awarded the best government nursery category and Alcoa took home the award for best propagation nursery.
The winners from each category will represent WA at the national NGIA Awards in Sydney in March.