Meet Jane Tonkins from Tonkins Bulbs

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24 Mar 2022

Tonkin's Bulbs & Perennials is a family business run by me, Jane and my mother Shirley Tonkin. The Mail Order Business dates back to the 1960’s was borne of dad, Bryan Tonkin’s love for rare and unusual bulbs & perennials, often unavailable in Australia.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I have a particular passion for rare and unusual for cool climate woodlanders, but also have a keen appreciation for something special for a warmer spot for our NSW friends.

What are your favourite plants?

I love Kirengeshoma palmata and new Polygonatum species like P. zanlansianense.

Where is your nursery?

We are situated at Kalorama in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Victoria.

What are you bringing to Collectors' this year?

We are bringing things like Lycoris, Nerines, Arisaema, Species Liliums, sun loving South American gems and a range of rare woodlanders including Pleione Orchids (image 3).

What are you looking forward to most?

Catching up with customers and other vendors.


You'll find Tonkin's Bulbs and perennials, undercover, in Stall 41 at Collectors' Plant Fair.