Joanne Diver’s business, The Backyard Garden Enthusiast, started accidentally after she began potting up Bottle Tree seedlings that were popping up in her backyard. Six hundred saplings later, with her children’s sandpit taken over and the family roped in to help sell the trees at markets, The Backyard Garden Enthusiast was born. Through her backyard business based on the regional VIC/NSW border, Joanne aims to share the joys and experiences of gardening and being in nature.

The name of her business speaks for itself. Her product list is constantly changing. “I’m interested in growing and making anything that inspires creativity and encourages curiosity in nature,” Joanne says. “I grow and collect flower seeds to package and sell as gifts; I grow and dry flowers, and I make garden inspired ceramics, such a ‘bee sippers’, which are decorative ceramic dishes for bees and other insects to drink from. I have conducted wreath making workshops with dried flowers and native bee inn/hotel workshops.”

Joanne sells her seeds and other gift items at local markets, at a couple of stores, and via online enquiries through social media. She also delivers workshops to arts and natural resource management groups.

Joanne says it’s an honour to be a Sister in Sister Tribe amongst so many motivated and inspiring women aiming to be the best that they can be for themselves, their family and the wider community. “It is a nurturing space that continues to give,” she says. “Being part of the network is very rewarding, it has helped me grow personally and professionally.”