Ever­green fam­ily busi­ness cel­e­brates mile­stone

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

IT HAS op­er­ated through two world wars, the Great De­pres­sion and sur­vived a fire, and now Sandy Bay’s much-loved nurs­ery will hit a mile­stone of its own.

Over the next fort­night, Chan­dlers Nurs­ery will cel­e­brate its 130th an­niver­sary.

The fifth-gen­er­a­tion gar­den cen­tre is one of the coun­try’s old­est con­tin­u­ally run nurs­eries, hav­ing first opened its doors in 1888 from a small site at New Town.

That nurs­ery was op­er­ated by Wil­liam Charles Chan­dler II, who had learned his skills as an ap­pren­tice at the Royal Tas­ma­nian Botan­i­cal Gar­dens.

Not long af­ter­wards the busi­ness moved to its present site in Queen St, Sandy Bay.

“It’s a very spe­cial thing to still be here af­ter so many years,” said nurs­ery­man and owner Gregg Chan­dler, who will one day pass the busi­ness on to his chil­dren.

He said a few years ago the nurs­ery looked set to close as none of his four chil­dren seemed in­ter­ested in car­ry­ing the gar­den­ing ba­ton.

“When my dad passed away six years ago, it looked like the nurs­ery was go­ing to be sold on,” he said. “But now, I have two of my chil­dren in the busi­ness with me and it feels kind of spe­cial to know it’ll sur­vive.”

Long-time cus­tomer Barry But­ton, 73, said: “My mother, who lived nearby, had to be trans­ported to the Queen Alexan­dra maternity hospi­tal in Bat­tery Point in the nurs­ery truck when she went into labour with me.”

Chan­dlers Nurs­ery is plan­ning a two-week cel­e­bra­tion, from to­mor­row to November 25, with free talks by gar­den­ing per­son­al­ity An­gus Ste­wart, a twi­light shop­ping event with a cake cutting party, com­pe­ti­tions and daily dis­counts.

GREEN THUMBS: Lau­ren, Gregg and Will Chan­dler at the Sandy Bay nurs­ery, which is cel­e­brat­ing 130 years.

Wil­liam Charles Chan­dler II

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.