Couple nurtures growing venture
A LOCALLY owned and operated nursery has plans to expand its land by purchasing another three acres out the back of the business.
Avoca Garden Centre, which has been servicing Bundaberg for more than 18 years, is planning to buy the land backing on to its property to secure the business for the future.
Current owners Leann and Ozzy Kisnorbo, who bought the business about three years ago, said they retired for a while but soon got the itch to work with plants.
Mr Kisnorbo had worked on a turf farm for more than 20 years and Mrs Kisnorbo has always loved plants and gardening so it seemed to be a natural fit.
"I came off a farm. My mum always had a nice big garden so it just rubbed off," Mrs Kisnorbo said.
"I love to bring dead-looking plants back to life.
"Most people would think they are gone. Every plant is different. You just need to know what each plant needs in terms of light, shade, soil, food and water to make it sing."
The couple said they like to focus on customer service.
They said professional advice was an important part of their seven-day business.
They employ two additional experienced staff who can solve any garden problem from trees to lawns and herb gardens.
"If people have problems with their garden we offer free advice. There are quite a few years of experience between the four of us," Mrs Kisnorbo said.
"My husband has vast expertise in lawn maintenance, laying turf, garden edging and laying gardens.
"With a herb garden you need good soil. We have a wide range of soils, plants and mulch and we sell a lot of landscape supplies such as river stones and others.
"Plants need to be watered enough, but they also need drainage and food, but not too much. It's all a balance."
Mrs Kisnorbo said their biggest-selling plants were lilly pillies.
"People like privacy, to make the garden look framed and nice," she said.
"We tried to retire but we went nuts.
"You can only fish so much."