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About Estelle Cornell

Topic: Looking through the eyes of the customer

Estelle Cornell built Allora Gardens Nursery in Darwin from an old, run-down nursery that had been left to rot. It is now an institution in Darwin and is recognised as a leading garden nursery in Australia. The nursery has won numerous awards, including Best Garden Centre in Australia numerous times, Champion Home and Garden Improvement Business in Australia and has been inducted into the National Garden Industry Hall of Fame. Estelle was also named Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year.

We asked Estelle what she enjoys most about running her own business.

“Independence. Challenges, opportunities, earning. Helping the community, schools, and groups. Teaching, mentoring and working with a great team. I love what I do, and I love working with people, creating and innovating gardens, gifts, and displays.”