Vale: Garry Heyne

It was with great sadness that the Nursery and Garden Industry of SA learned of the passing of Life Member, Garry Heyne.

“A visionary of the nursery, garden and landscape industries. A generous mentor and inspirational businessman. His lifetime of hard work, a dedication and legacy to horticulture. His loving devotion to his family was unwavering, a staunch and proud Heyne, he was always a loveable larrikin and will be missed beyond measure.”

Garry Heyne was born and bred in the nursery and garden industry. The bluestone house at Heyne’s Garden Centre was his childhood home and he lived there until he met and married the love of his life, Heather.

He was an exceptional nurseryman with an uncanny ability to understand and grow quality plants. His innovation with nursery design and his commitment to production efficiency and continuity of supply saw Heyne’s acknowledged Australia wide as a production nursery of excellence.

Garry was a passionate environmentalist with regards to recycling and was totally committed to best practices in water efficiency. The aquifer recharge system at the production nursery has been set up to international standards and is a model for water recycling. He also helped the development of the “Aquamiser”, an SA invention that senses soil moisture needs.

A generous benefactor to industry, Garry always found the time to meet and greet the various groups that visited his nursery for onsite seminars, field days and all matters in nursery production. The Nursery and Garden Industry of SA acknowledged Garry Heyne’s commitment to the industry by awarding him with Life Membership of the Association in 2012.

Garry died in comfort supported by his family on Saturday April 27th.
On behalf of the NGISA Board, staff and members, we extend our condolences to the Heyne family. Heather, Carl, Sarah, Adam and families, our thoughts are with you.

The family request that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to Dementia Australia.

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