Zanthorrea Nursery was established in 1975 by Jean Hooper, son Alec and wife Jackie.
Jean grew plants as a cottage industry in Gooseberry Hill to meet the needs of her busy Garden Design business. Back in 1975, Australian native plants were difficult to source for Jean’s designs and Jean was a newly qualified Horticulturist with skills in propagation.
Alec was a carpenter by trade, and well suited to building the infrastructure of the nursery. Jackie was a full time teacher but helped out at weekends.
The property was purchased early 1975, and by September we opened the doors to our first customers. None of us had business experience, but loved our product and understood that for our fledgling nursery to survive we needed to supply a quality product, offer accurate advice and provide an enthusiastic and friendly welcome.
The drought years of 1977 to 1979 created an opportunity for us, and trade blossomed. From family only, we soon had a happy team to share the tasks.
After 36 years in business, our philosophy remains the same, but perhaps our priorities have changed. We realise that the most important aspect of our business is our people. The team work together to create a pleasant experience for customers and ensure our product is presented in an attractive setting.
Now son Ross has also joined the team at Zanthorrea having started learning horticulture in 2001 he is now a certified nursery professional and as passionate as ever about bringing quaity native plants to the Garden Centre. In 2008 he won the Nursery and Garden Industry of WA's Young Leader of the Year award.
Over the years Zanthorrea has won many awards including...
• AGIA 'Best Garden Centre in Australia' (1995, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010)
• Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce 'Business Excellence Awards'; Environmental Management Award 2008. Retail Business of the Year 2010.
• Water Corporation 'Water Awards' Waterwise Garden Centre 2008
So what does Zanthorrea mean?
The original nursery in Gooseberry Hill had spectacular Grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea preissii) growing naturally in the front garden. To make the name easy to spell, just as people hear it we changed it to Zanthorrea. The botanists don't like the spelling, but it does make us easier to find in the phone book!
Plants Growing at the Nursery
Native grasses and strappy leaf plants.
Verge plants are increasingly popular.
Colourful pots for the creative gardener.