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TRIFFID PARK
CARNIVOROUS PLANT NURSERY
HAS MOVED
FROM KEYSBOROUGH TO SOMERVILLE!

FROM THE 1ST JULY 2007, DONNA AND JASON SMITH ARE THE NEW OWNERS OF TRIFFID PARK.

COLIN AND TINA HAVE RETIRED, BUT WILL STILL KEEP AN INTEREST IN THE PLANT NURSERY, AND CONTINUE THEIR STUDY OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS, AND TRAVELLING THE WORLD.  THEY HAVE ALSO CLOSED DOWN THEIR 10 YEAR HORSE AGISTMENT FACILITY IN KEYSBOROUGH.  THE KEYSBOROUGH PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD FOR AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, AND TINA AND COLIN HAVE PURCHASED A LOVELY 10 ACRE PROPERTY 6KM FROM JASON AND DONNA'S NEW PROPERTY.

Read along with our ongoing building of Triffid Park's new nursery.


THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS SHOW THE SITE WHERE TRIFFID PARK WILL BE BUILT IN SOMERVILLE, VICTORIA.

Jason and Donna have purchased a 15 acre property in Somerville, Victoria, a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula to build the new modern Triffid Park.  The property has a nice house on it, so they can live on site to attend to the daily running of the business.  The Freeway from Melbourne will bring you straight to our gateway by car.  Depending on the traffic it is about a 45 minute to 1 hour car drive from Melbourne, and 1 - 1  1/2 hours from Melbourne airport.  The Somerville train station is only 4 kilometres away, and it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes by train from Melbourne.
We are going to build one large rain gutter connected growing house.  This will enable us to catch all rain water off the roof of the building which can then be used to water the plants, thus allowing us to be water conscious and environmentally friendly.  We will also have our potting and packing shed under this one roofline, so that no plants have to leave their growing environment to be potted or packed.  A conservatory type room will also be under the roof line of the growing house so that garden clubs, school groups and other groups have an area for talks and lectures before touring the growing rooms.  Each different growing area i.e. Sarracenias, Dionaeas, Nepenthes, Pinguiculas and the propagating house will all be individually temperature controlled to re-create their required environments.

PLAN OF OUR PART OF OUR PROPERTY WITH GROWING HOUSE IN THE FRONT MIDDLE.

This is the plan we have submitted to council. We are waiting to hear if it will be accepted.

6th March 2008
FINALLY - OUR PLANS HAVE BEEN PASSED BY COUNCIL - 8 MONTHS.
 We are yet to receive the stamped permit, but the plans have been passed, and we can move forward from here with progress.  We are hoping to receive the stamped planning permit next week, then all we need is the building permit, which we are told will only take a couple of days to put together.

TRUCK LOAD AFTER TRUCK LOAD OF DIRT WAS BROUGHT IN TO RAISE UP THE NURSERY SITE.  THEN THE BULLDOZER AND GRADER LEVELLED IT OUT.

FRIDAY 28TH MARCH
HOORAY! - HOORAY! - HOORAY!

We picked up the stamped Planning Permit from the council office today.  Now the information has been sent off for the Building permit.

26th APRIL - 4TH MAY 2008
A whole day was spent with the electrician digging ditches and laying cables for the electrical wires underground.  These all run back to a central box which will house the computer system.
Then another whole day was spent with the plumber digging more ditches and laying more pipe for the underground water.  This will service the watering of the whole nursery via tank water collected from the roof guttering.  Pipes had to be laid for sinks, toilet, fertiliser system and capillary watering system.

THURSDAY 8TH MAY
Crushed rock was dropped, spread and rolled 75mm thick over the entire growing house for our floor.

MONDAY 12TH MAY
Today the truck arrived with the frame work for our new carnivorous plant growing house.  By the end of the day they had laid out all the posts on the ground in the positions where they are to be mounted.
By the
21st MAY, the wall frames are up.

28TH MAY 2008
The domed roof is up, waiting for the roof vents to be mounted in.

5TH JUNE 2008
This week all of the plastic walls have been put on and the steel structures for the roof vents were welded in.  Trenches were dug today 5th June for gas and power in from the road.

26th JUNE 2008
The internal poly walls are put in to separate each growing room, so that they can all be individually temperature, light and humidity controlled.  The cables are put in to hang the thermal and shade screens from.  There will be 2 screens - thermal screens for winter which give 75% shade and 70% energy saving.  These have a plastic coating to stop the heating escaping through it.  And shade screens for summer which give 73% shade and 30% energy saving.  These don't have the plastic coating but have air gaps so that the heat can escape on warmer days. 

9th JULY 2008
Our 2 x 50,000 litre water tanks arrive.  We have had a lot of rain and the ground is very muddy.  It took 4 hours to back the truck up the drive, unload and place the tanks.  The 3 wheel, 4 WD forklift, kept getting bogged and had to be pulled with a tractor.

19TH JULY 2008
The builder has finally finished building our carnivorous plant nursery!  Now we are waiting on the thermal/shade screens, foggers, fans and rolling benches to be installed.  As to date, the thermal and shade screens have been installed in the Nepenthes, Propagating and Venus Fly Trap houses. 

30th JULY 2008
All of our nursery stock was brought home in two horse floats, load after load every day on our way home from the old nursery at Keysborough.  Benches, capillary trays, pots, labels, boxes .... everything had to be moved.  But where to put it all?  Why not along our driveway, on our lawn, in our carport, anywhere we could fit it until the new growing house is ready to accommodate them.

27th August - 10th September 2008.
Finally we have some benches in the houses and we can start filling them up with plants.

 

We will keep you informed of our building progress with reports and photos here on this page.

Sorry - been so busy in the new nursery, forgot to update with new photos.  Will get to this soon.

 

This Page was last updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013