Phoebe Grealy

Salisbury Grange
Toowoomba, QLD

What do you make?

I create online gardening projects for people to enjoy at home. My favourite one, The Bee Project is about transforming any balcony or backyard into a bee-friendly garden to help the bees.

I also curate beautiful seed packs to start that veggie patch at home, grow beautiful flowers or create a bee garden.

What do you want customers to know about you and/or your work/product/business?

I’m a very new business and am still learning! I grow everything, all my seeds and flowers, in my own gardens and hand collect the seeds myself. I am also fastidiously organic and want to do right by the environment. No chemical will get anywhere near my precious soil.

Where do you draw inspiration?

I draw inspiration from women who have created something out of nothing. Erin Benzakein from Floret who has started a local flower movement across the world is one. Alice Waters who created the Edible Schoolyard movement in the States, getting gardening and good eating to thousands of kids is another.

Closer to home, I love seeing people in Toowoomba create their own businesses and make them work and support other locals. A number of people with established businesses were so generous and kind to me when I started out and I am really inspired by that positive vibe.

What are your hopes for your business/work/practice?

My vision for Salisbury Grange is to get gardening knowledge to the kids with potential, the future inventors, cooks, artists and nature lovers of the world – via their amazing parents, teachers, grandparents and friends – because the world needs it.

I also want any gardening information I share to be so simple that anyone, even those who have killed hundreds of plants before, find it easy and fun!

Where do you live? Tell us about your place/community

My hometown is actually Brisbane, but living in Toowoomba for a few years and launching my business there was the luckiest thing I ever did – I started Salisbury Grange in the backyard of my Toowoomba property with a big patch of sweet peas – because Toowoomba has so many flower and gardening lovers. It’s very well known for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers each year.

There is also a very cool creative community of artists, makers, farmers, florists, writers, musicians in Toowoomba. It’s a great hub to be trying something different and finding a community of support and generosity that I’ve never experienced in a big city.

How has BFTB impacted your business?

Buy From The Bush has made such an incredible impact on my business. My seeds have now gone to every state and territory in the country, from Katherine in the NT to Oyster Bay in Tasmania. I’ve also connected with so many wonderful stores in country towns that I never would have known about and who would have never known about me. Thank you so much for your hard work BFTB!

What does it mean to you when a customer decides to purchase your product? How do you celebrate?

I am really grateful for everyone who has spent their hard-earned dollars supporting Salisbury Grange. I love every customer! For me, the support means that I can continue a small scale, ethical, environment-loving business into the foreseeable future. Anyone who has looked at my social media will know I also celebrate by spoiling my little sidekick Banjo even more ;)

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