The joy in creating a garden from scratch is seeing a vision come to life, according to Appleseed Gardening’s Darren Kerr. Discover how he grows his business – and his Qantas Points balance – through Qantas Business Rewards and the BP Plus fuel card.
Appleseed Gardening’s Darren Kerr grows his business – and his Qantas Points balance – by earning points through Qantas Business Rewards and the BP Plus fuel card.
Creating a beautiful garden is not unlike creating a work of art. There’s the planning, the selection of just the right materials, the sketching and re-sketching and then – finally – the opportunity to stand back and admire the finished product.
It’s this chance to unleash his creativity that drew Darren Kerr to horticulture and to opening his own landscaping business, Appleseed Gardening, in Sydney’s Inner West.
“I’ve always had a very strong interest in horticulture,” he explains. “I went to uni to study science and then did my certificate in horticulture after that. I realised after working for other people that I could do something similar working for myself and have a bit more creative control.
“I love being able to transform something. Although more of my time now is spent in an office, I really do love working outside and working with plants.”
Originally, it was just Darren and his ute. Now, 11 years since he started the business, there are seven staff and trends have definitely changed – rather than elaborate, formal gardens, people are after low-maintenance, drought-resistant native plants, veggie gardens and fruit trees.
One positive outcome from the COVID-19 restrictions has been a busier winter for Appleseed Gardening, with more people spending more time at home and taking the plunge to give their surroundings a makeover.
“We’ve had a really busy six months. We normally slow down a bit during the cooler months but this year it’s been nonstop – kind of a silver lining to COVID-19,” he says. “A lot of people are spending more time at home and want to get their yard and garden looking nice while they are inside working.”
Most of Appleseed Gardening’s clientele live in Sydney, which means plenty of zipping around the city in one of the business’s five utes to source plants and materials and transport them to the worksite.
As a Qantas Business Rewards member, Appleseed Gardening earns up to 1 Qantas Point for every litre of fuel when they juice up the vehicles using a BP Plus fuel card, as well as an additional 1.25 Qantas Points> per $1 spent on fuel by paying with the Qantas American Express® Business Rewards Card. They spend around $2,500 on fuel each month.
Handily, there are 155 BP service stations in greater Sydney (and 1400 across Australia), making it easy for the team to fill up between jobs.
“We have 5 utes and machinery that require fuel and lubricants so we are constantly filling up at BP. The fact that I can earn points from that essential product is awesome,” says Darren. “It is something we need to purchase anyway so to gain points is just an added bonus.”
“Each vehicle has a fuel card associated with it that’s linked to Qantas Business Rewards so all the fuel for our utes and machinery earns points through BP,” says Darren. “It’s always nice to go and check the points balance and see that, over time, we’re just accruing more points because of the everyday running of the business.”
The spending from each card is also consolidated into a single invoice, which Darren says makes bookkeeping much easier.
“The guys don’t need to keep or upload each receipt and the total allows me to keep a track of what we spend each month. It integrates easily into Xero, which my accountant loves!”
Since joining Qantas Business Rewards three years ago, Darren has sometimes put his points towards buying products from the Qantas Rewards Store but has mostly used them to take a well-earned break with his partner.
Next on the agenda? Using those points to book Qantas flights to Argentina for his honeymoon, once his postponed wedding is rescheduled, and focusing on expanding Appleseed Gardening.
“Going into the new year, I’m looking to hire a few new people to increase the team and just keep on growing the business – and the plants!”
*A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for business. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to Qantas Business Rewards Terms and Conditions. 1 Qantas Point will be earned for every litre of Ultimate 98. 1 Qantas Point will be earned for every 2 litres of 91, 95, Diesel, and Ultimate Diesel. 1 Qantas Point per dollar spent will be earned on eligible in-store purchases. For a full list of eligible in-store purchases, please refer to the BP Plus Terms and ConditionsOpens external site. Qantas Points will be awarded to the eligible Member's account 4 weeks after a BP Plus account has been paid. Qantas Points for BP Plus members are offered under, and subject to the BP Terms and ConditionsOpens external site. Any claims in relation to Qantas Points under this offer must be made directly to BP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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