Hellebores on show

Post Office Farm Nursery's Peter Leigh and Cathryn Goebel.

Ashbourne’s Post Office Farm Nursey is about to chalk up 15 years with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

The hellebore specialists are looking forward to the festival’s return to reunite plant lovers following a two-year COVID hiatus.

Nursery partners Peter Leigh and Cathryn Goebel said the festival attracted people from far and wide and provided a platform for them to share their knowledge.

“Lots of people are looking forward to this year’s show,” Cathryn said.

“It’s one of the busiest and biggest plant festivals that we are involved with. Once the floor is full of flower displays it’s pretty impressive and the Carlton Gardens have a nice atmosphere.”

The nursery takes between 3000 and 4000 plants, which span about 35 varieties, for the five-day event.
And they are always on hand to offer expert advice.

Peter began growing hellebores as a keen amateur collector in the early 1990s. He began importing seed from overseas and soon ran out of room in his small Brunswick backyard.

After studying Horticulture at NMIT and Burnley, he moved to 20 acres at Ashbourne in 2002. The nursery was established and plant sales began that same year. This year marks a 20-year milestone.

The nursery takes pride in growing from its own breeding stock and improving its hellebores through its own breeding work and importing new seed and plants from some of the best growers.

You can see the nursery’s hellebore display at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building from March 30 to April 3.
For details, visit: melbflowershow.com.au