Cactus Country is packed with fun and discovery for everyone. It’s like another world, a gallery of cacti, there is something here for the whole family.
Cactus Country has been around for over 25 years and is still going strong. Occupying a 10 acre site at Strathmerton, 30 minutes north of Shepparton, it is Australia’s largest Cactus Garden with an extensive plant sales area and a Mexican themed cafe/bar.
Jim Hall’s passion for cacti was initiated by his father’s collection when he was a child. He perceived there was a genuine fascination for people who came to his father’s garden collection. When Jim’s father decided to sell his collection in 1979, Jim bought the collection just 3 months before marrying Julie. For the next four years Jim and Julie looked after the plants on their 3-acre property, slowly propagating new seed and planting bigger specimens in the ground to allow them to grow faster. John Hall Senior passed away in 2012, we know he was very proud of Jim’s achievements.
In 1984 they purchased a second collection, which had belonged to Mr. Ed Kroemer, a bachelor from Loxton in SA who had traveled the world collecting cacti. When he passed away, he requested in his will that his collection be kept together. His brothers and sisters spent over a year looking for someone who would fulfil their brothers’ wishes. We hope that Ed is happy with the home they have come to.
On October 21, 1988, Mr. Ken Jasper, MLA, officially opened “Spikes and Blooms”. Since then the area of gardens have grown from 1/2 an acre to 10 acres, and the name has changed to Cactus Country. Jim can be found pottering around the garden as new expansions are always taking place around the outer edges of the garden, Jim’s dream continues to grow!