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Tibballs Nursery is a fourth-generation wholesale family owned business which was established in 1946 by Maurice & Marjorie Tibballs.

Marjorie had purchased the land in Montrose, Tasmania in 1944 while Maurice. was serving in World War II. The newly established business had initially only grew Tomatoes in the ground and had sent them through Hobart via train. Over the next few years, Flower and Vegetable Seedlings had begun to be produced at the nursery and were soon supplied to Coles and many other Garden Centres throughout Southern Tasmania.

Bruce was the son of Maurice & Marjorie Tibballs and in 1950, Bruce took over nursery operations and had begun to expand the Tibballs Nursery customer base to include Purity Supermarkets and Kemp & Denning (K&D), who were both major customers during this time.

 

Over the next 30 years, Tibballs Nursery had begun to expand operations statewide.

In 1984, at 15-years-old. Craig Tibballs joined the family business. At that time, Tibballs Nursery were supplying approximately 20% of the state with Flower and Vegetable Seedlings. In 1993, Craig became Tibballs Nurseries Sales Manager and had helped Tibballs Nursery to secure BBC Hardware (now Bunnings) as a key customer. In 1996, Craig successfully secured a Commercial Agreement with Woodlyn Nursery, in Victoria, for Tibballs Nursery to grow products under license within Tasmania. At that time, Woodlyn had been the largest supplier of Flower and Vegetable Seedlings in Victoria, Australia.

 

As of 2021, Tibballs Nursery has undergone various changes over the last few years. With the advancement of technology, the investment of various vehicles, the engagement from our Tibballs Nursery Merchandisers (who personally visit our customers throughout Tasmania on a consistent basis) and our regular visits to the mainland (mainly to attend growers’ trials which allow us to introduce various new plant varieties into the Tasmanian Market).

Tibballs Nursery is currently operational with over 40 staff members and we are currently supporting major chain stores, various Garden Centres, Florists and many independent growers throughout the state of Tasmania.

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Tibballs Nursery is currently located in Herbert Street, Montrose & our secondary site is located at Stonefield, Brighton (which is currently under development). This expansion will enable us to operate more efficiently and also help to increase & satisfy the current demand.