FNQ Nursery Manager

Jess Fleming

Jess is Wes’ eldest child and has grown up living the Fleming family tradition of horticulture. As a teenager Jess spent many a school holiday pulling weeds and working on weekends at the flower shows or watching her dad give a talk on bare root pruning – the foundation of an unexpected career following in the family footsteps.

Jess completed an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations and then a Cert III in Tourism. However, working in the travel industry found Jess itchy to get back to her roots and was soon rolling up her sleeves working at Fleming’s Nurseries (Monbulk). There are no easy roads to the top with the Fleming family and all members are required to work their way to their goal position. Jess commenced working in the container nursery and despatch and worked her way up to manage the despatch operation before taking on a sales administration role.

When Fleming’s acquired the Birdwood business in 2015, Jess was keen to take on the opportunity to progress in her role but also undertake the challenge of restructuring and developing the Birdwood business under the Fleming’s management structure in Queensland.

Jess has moved to the Sunshine Coast and has works closely with Liz Darmody and Wes Fleming who have supported her growth into the nursery management position she now occupies with a great deal of professional pride.