History

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1989

1989

1989

Cedar Hill Corporate Group is founded in Obi Obi, on the Sunshine Coast in QLD, as Cedar Hill Orchids, with the aim of supplying cut flower orchids to the Japanese market.

1993

1993

1993

The business starts harvesting native foliages goanna claw, koala fern and emu feather under licence from local areas in Mapleton and Poona.

1994

1994

1994

It expands into umbrella fern and steel grass harvesting, and sets up Australian Flora Corporation, to sell these foliages to European markets.

1995

1995

1995

A shipment of contaminated substrate wipes out the entire orchid crop, forcing the business to trade totally in native cut foliages. The business changes its name to Cedar Hill Flowers & Foliage to reflect this move, and focuses on supplying Europe.

1999

1999

1999

The company outgrows its original Obi Obi premises, and relocates to a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility in Woombye, QLD. This move allows the business to diversify into other horticultural industries.  A hothouse is built; and a new business set up, Australian Plant Specialists, to sell Christmas bush (Ceratopetalum) to growers. This business evolves into a wholesale tubestock nursery.

2001

2001

2001

A tissue culture laboratory is started to conduct research into growing Australian native foliages. Now known as VitroFlora, the business supplies commercial volumes of tissue culture to the horticultural industry.

2008

2008

2008

The fallout from the Global Financial Crisis forces the foliage business, Cedar Hill Flowers & Foliage, to seek a more diverse market. Premium Greens Australia is created as the sales vehicle for these markets, and all trading in foliages is now under that company name. As a result the business is now a truly global concern, selling into Japan, South Korea, China, USA, Canada and across Europe and the Middle East.

2009

2009

2009

Cedar Hill Plantations is established to trial growing umbrella fern commercially outside of the rainforest biome. Today, it is the motherstock farm  for Australian Plant Specialists tubestock, and a farm for cut foliages for Premium Greens Australia.

2013

2013

2013

A downturn in the wholesale nursery industry prompts the creation of Australian Plants Online, to sell tubestock plants previously only available to the trade, direct to consumers, via the internet.

2020

2020

2020

Thirty-plus years since that small start in Obi Obi, the Group has developed into one of the major horticultural businesses in Australia, and continues to operate in foliage and flower export, tissue culture breeding, wholesale tubestock supply, and direct-to-consumer retail.