Life can change, for better or for worse, in the blink of an eye. The changes which have been happening at IDP Nursery have not been like that although the last week has felt like it has.
If you are reading this blog on the website it will because you have been redirected from the IDP Nursery website to the Farmgate Natives website and you will already sense that something has happened. If you are reading this blog on Facebook it may not be so obvious because the Facebook page has not yet had a name change, (anybody who knows how to go about this would be most welcome to contact me to help with this change).
Life changed for me when I met Iris at Murrumbateman Markets and she asked me to come to work for her under the banner of IDP Nursery. Fast forward three years and IDP Nursery became an equally shared partnership. A little less than a year ago Iris started to take a less active role in the nursery work. Now forward another year and we come to the announcement today that IDP Nursery has changed hands AND has had a name change. Iris has now fully retired from the nursery, I have bought out her share but will continue to run the nursery from her property at 1264 Murrumbateman Road under the new name FARMGATE NATIVES.
So from your point of view nothing much will change. I will continue to grow the plants, as I have done for the last five years, which you love and can rely on to be hardy.
Overall the changes made have been a most positive move for both of us. Iris has surprised herself by feeling very positive about letting go and moving forward. Sometime over the next month she will get a new personal email address. In the mean time you can still contact her for personal things on her old address. For me the advantages of staying on site have, for the time being, out weighed the advantages of moving to my own property; the facilities are already here for propagation, I have an assured water supply and of course a fabulous new driveway for customers. Cups of morning coffee with iris will continue to be a fixture too.
For Iris personal friends who have been with her forever please note she will still be here mostly tending to her garden. However I have also threatened to put a rocking chair in the nursery so you may also find her there. Please pop in to have a yarn from time to time.
So although you may be surprised at this change and feel that this has happened quickly, for us it has been a long process which is hopefully nearly complete when you read this.