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Graham Blair was born in Guildford and grew up in Midland, the eldest of four children.

Graham had been interested in plants since the age of 12 when he first began growing his own plants in the backyard of his parents Swanview home. At the age of 16, Graham began selling plants to the local Woolworths supermarket. (Image of first invoice below.)

With aspirations of becoming a horticulturalist, Graham completed grade 10, achieving his Junior Certificate, which then allowed him to enter the Perth Technical College and complete a three year Certificate of Horticulture and Park Administration. The course included a range of work experience including street tree pruning, construction of passive and active reserves and turf wickets. He then completed a four year traineeship with the City of Perth.

At the age of 18, in 1972, Graham purchased his first piece of land, a six acre disused poultry farm, which was situated in the Perth foothills, approximately 16kms from the city centre.

This purchase was to set the scene for the current family business.

Over the last thirty years, with the help of his wife Diane, Graham has transformed and expanded the "old poultry farm" into a successful and quality wholesale nursery.

Swanview Plant Farm specialises in several species of plants including Hydrangeas and Fuchsias, Fuchsias being one of the original species Graham grew in his parents backyard. Swanview Plant Farm is one of the largest and leading growers of both these species in Western Australia. Other specialties include Hibiscus and Bougainvilleas as well as a range of shrubs, ground covers and potted colour.

Over the years Graham has shared his knowledge with the community in various ways including opening the nursery to educational institutions and plant clubs, speaking at various clubs, events and on radio, submitting to gardening magazines and being a judge for various gardening and landscaping competitions.