ALL Green has become an icon in the Hoppers Crossing area on Melbourne's south-west between Laverton and Werribee.
All Green Nursery and Garden Supplies is a landscaper's nirvana, supplying everything from cement to sand, screening to scoria and bark to Banksias.
The nursery's range is as vast as the area it occupies. But one of the first things that's impossible to ignore on entering their yard are the 32 shining Isuzu trucks, all decked out on All Green's distinctive livery, that are busy working around the bays of woodchips and soils, getting loaded for the next delivery or tipping-off to help keep stock levels up.
"It all started in a backyard only 500 metres from here,” said Romeo Fragapane, owner and director of All Green, one of the largest and most versatile independent nurseries in Australia, said from the shade of one of many greenhouses spread throughout the site.
"Together with my father, mother and siblings, our family became market gardeners on the same property. Everything happened straight from our backyard.
"Going back 45 years, we became the first market gardeners to start selling indoor plants to supermarkets.
"Dad and I would plod along with my sisters, and from there it just grew and grew.
"We've got a fleet of 32 Isuzus, mainly tippers, which range from three to 13.5 tonnes.
"They're the best trucks on the road for hauling garden supplies. They mainly do tipper work, but I've got a couple of tautliners as well.
"They're a very strong truck, superbly reliable and Isuzu's back-up service is the best on the market.
"We started with a team of four of us and 35 years down the track, we now have over 80 employees. A lot of our work is local and we have a strong community focus.
"But Point Cook has grown over the years and Tarneit's huge now, so we go everywhere, Cranbourne to Geelong, you name it.
"It puts a huge amount of pressure on the trucks that do from 200,000-250,000km a year”.
"I've always really liked Isuzus,” Romeo said.
"We work the Isuzus very hard but they've been great, they are a strong truck. Enough said.”
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