We have been involved in horticultural enterprises for three generations. My grandfather was a dry fresh fruit farmer in Renmark, South Australia and my father developed large plantation industries in Papua New Guinea including: Oil Plam, Coffee, Tea and copra and after settling in Australia he has grown South African Protea for cut flowers, mangos and stonefruit.
I have followed in the farming tradition. On completion of my degree in Horticulture at Gatton I spent 15 years as a front line DPI extension officer supporting ornamental, vegetable and tree crop growers and industries develop and expand their operations in Queensland. In more recent times I turning my hand at developing a commercial mango farming operation and a tropical wholesale fruit tree nursery both of which I sold and now I am focussed on the development of the Fancy Frangipani business.
Frangipani Plantings and Stock Gardens
The frangipani selections continue to be propagated in two small production nurseries in Bundaberg and Tully.
These plants have been grown on and then planted in an open plan block design spaced 4 metres between rows and 1.5 metres between trees within the rows. The Tully plantation is ever expanding with trees which are individual plant selections having been collected widely within Australia.
The collection includes over 100 named varieties with special characteristics (dwarfness, evergreen, flower type colour) that are sought by nurseries and collector enthusiasts alike.
Additional plantings are continuing with open pollinated seedling grown plants. These plants were grown from seed collected from within Australia and international seed supplied from within the frangipani society.
New varieties are being evaluated as part of the selection and breeding program and these will be released to the industry as they become available.
We have established a small production nursery in Bundaberg.
The project was set back 3 years in 2011 with the devastating impact of cyclone Yasi which smashed the stock gardens and nursery stock. This prompted the expansion of a second site at Bundaberg to overcome the risk of cyclone damage setting back the project in the future. The collection has been replicated and regrown with cuttings and potted plants available for sale in 2014.