Arnold Teese established Yamina in 1954 and registered the company in 1958. Yamina was the name of the house he bought in Monbulk, and is probably a Middle Eastern word meaning, “going in the right direction”. The Nursery, which began as a hobby in the backyard, has developed for more than 60 years into a major supplier of plants, particularly noted for its large collection of rare, beautiful and difficult to obtain plants.
Arnold began growing plants when he was eight years old. When he was 12, he imported his first seed from the U.S.A (Giant Delphiniums, Dahlais and Polyanthus). He came to Melbourne from Warragul when he was 24 to take up a lecturing position at Burnley Horticultural College. Following this, he was employed at Metropolitan & Commonwealth Golf Links where he introduced Australian natives plantings, including Eucalyptus and Acacia.
In 1954, Arnold moved to Monbulk with his family to manage a bulb farm. He later worked as Head Propagator for a large Rhododendron nursery for 18 years. He was a founding member of The National Rhododendron Society. He was the first secretary and had 4 years as president, 8 years as Chairman of the garden committee – a total of 25 years on the committee.
In 1974, he returned to the business he had started as a much loved hobby, and Yamina grew into a full time venture, initially growing perennials and later potted plants.
He made friends with many well known Horticulturists from around the world during several overseas trips. People such as Harold Hillier in England, Kochira Wada in Japan, J.D. Vertrees in U.S.A and Wang Dajun at Shanghai Botanic gardens were a constant source of information and plant Knowledge.
Arnold died at the age of 92 in 2012, leaving behind a proud heritage.
Don Teese grew up with the nursery in his backyard. After leaving school in 1969, he started work at Yamina. He has had several overseas trips and a stint working in U.S.A in 1974. He is a collector of rare plants like his father.
Our logo “Welcome to our growing museum” is in reference to our aim to collect, grow and retain a large range of plants from around the globe.
Come and visit: Weekday 9-4; Weekends and Public Holidays 1 -4. Closed Sunday (May- August)