Mossmont Nurseries was established in 1853 in the gold mining area of Bunninyong near Ballarat in Victoria. Francis Moss who established the nursery arrived from Kent England in search of his fortune, but then saw the need to supply fresh vegetable to the miners. He also started growing fruit trees for the farmers in the surrounding districts.
Over the next 100 years the Moss Generations moved to Leongatha, Burwood and then Monbulk in Victoria where they continued to grow fruit trees for orchardists and ornamental trees for the retail garden industry.
Ian Moss the fifth generation owner of this company has been involved in the operation since 1968 and has over 43 years of experience in all aspects of the nursery industry.
In 1985 Ian set up a nursery in Griffith NSW to concentrate on the orcharding sector of the nursery. At Griffith, Mossmont provided the industry leadership in pioneering springbud production in Australia. The selection of this area was due to it’s similarity to the weather conditions of California, where the bulk of new varietal work comes from.