Some gossip with our local garden centre

Join us as we sit down and ask local and owner of Tahmoor Garden Centre Stephen a series of questions all about his business and why he chose Wollondilly. Stephens love of plants and the environment inspires his customers and will have you wanting to get into the garden ASAP!

Tahmoor Garden Centre Owner Stephen

First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I always wanted to work outside when I was growing up and loved plants and gardens so my career kicked off when I did my apprenticeship at Berrima Bridge Nursery in the Southern Highlands. I then went overseas for a couple of years and gained experience working in gardens across the UK and Canada. I returned home to Australian and took over Tahmoor Garden Centre in 2000 and we moved the business to Bargo in 2009. When I’m not at the Garden Centre my side hobby is most definitely riding bikes!

What about your business?

We are a retail garden centre selling trees, shrubs and seedlings, garden ware as well as gifts. I have had the business for over 21 years now! Wollondilly is a great place to have a business as the climate is good for a wide variety of plants and the area has plenty of growth.

What makes your business successful?

Definitely the people, we have an amazing employee Naomi who is very knowledgeable in all things plants. She is always friendly with the customers and has a smile on her face! We offer great customer service at Tahmoor Garden Centre.

Who is your typical customer and what keeps them coming back?

Our typical customer is a passionate gardener, plant and nature lover. They keep coming back for more plants even though they usually don’t really have room for anymore!

What’s your one piece of advice for others looking to open a business in the Dilly? 

Wollondilly is not only a great place for a business but to live as well. The area is growing fast and there are lots of opportunities. Just commit to it and don’t count the hours!

Other than your own business, which Dilly business is your favourite?

Phantom cycles is a great business. Kerry runs a fantastic shop and he always keeps my bikes going.

How would you describe Wollondilly? What would you recommend people see and do when visiting?

Wollondilly offers some great bushwalking, there’s Thirlmere lakes, Bargo Weir, the five dams dams as well as a great selection of cafes and restaurants as well. Visitors could easily fill their day with a little shopping at Tahmoor Garden Centre and a meal and beverage at the historical George IV Inn in Picton.

And just for fun, what is something most people don’t know about you? What your favourite band?

I live in a mudbrick house! And I remember going to an Iron Maiden concert in Northern Ireland and meeting my wife Sylvie afterwards (pictured with me above).