In 2013, when Julie Murray began potting up plants she found growing in her garden and selling them on Facebook, she and her family never imagined where her small and simple undertaking would lead
them just two years later.

Moorelands Bush Nursery quietly launched in 2015 and every day since has experienced the overwhelming love, support and encouragement of the local community. Originally, Julie thought potting up plants and selling them would be a good way to make a small income. “Potting plants is how I contributed to local fundraisers when my children were growing up. So when I moved into my new home and I was establishing my garden using cuttings from my old garden, it made sense to pot up a few extras to sell. Before long it took over five hours every Friday to deliver all the plants I had sold that week,” she explains.

Julie laughs as she recalls how one thing led

to another. “People asked to come out and look at my garden and my range of plants and then they needed to go to the toilet and wanted a cup of tea. The whole business has literally grown from three rows of plants, an urn on a table next to the toilet under a piece of shade cloth tied to a tree.”

It quickly became apparent that Moorelands Bush Nursery had a will of its own, and ready or not, the Murray family was about to embark on a journey of growth and transformation. Family members Leesa and Brad Murray soon took a more hands-on role to keep up with demand.

Brad has designed and built the loo, chook house, feed shed, cottage and green houses, which have all been constructed from reclaimed timber and tin, mostly found on the family property. Brad is called in to extend fences and build extra greenhouses as the number of plants continues to grow. Leesa is the chef, whipping up 26 dozen

pikelets and an equal number of scones as crowds of people pour through the gates each weekend. The Roma community cannot get enough of Moorelands. People love to gather informally or for baby showers, weddings, garden club meetings, market days or an afternoon of opera.

Hard work, dedication and love are the secret to success for this amazing local family business. “The early mornings, late nights and endless hard work is all worth it when I am out the back watering plants on the weekend and I hear all the children running around and playing and adults chatting and laughing and I think to myself ‘how did this happen?’, ‘who created all this?’, I still can’t believe this is our business,” Julie said.

If you are in Roma on a Sunday and discover nobody in town, you can be guaranteed they are all at Moorelands Bush Nursery, catching up with friends, enjoying home cooked morning tea and a great coffee under the shade of a beautiful tree.

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