Evergreen family business celebrates milestone
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