Indoor plants: the most critical element in the transformation from house to home. Even the most sterile and cold environments can be made delightful with a few green leaves in a well-selected pot—are we right? Thankfully, the Coast abounds in blossoming garden centres and plant shops. Here are a few of our favourites among the best indoor plant shops on the Gold Coast.
The Borrowed Nursery
Mermaid Beach & Tugun
You’ll find every plant you could possibly want at Mermaid Beach’s The Borrowed Nursery (and now with a cute new boutique in Tugun’s Cornerstone Stores). This characterful warehouse potting shed is overflowing with hanging ferns, has a massive array of indoor plants, succulents and stylish pots and vessels. Walking in, you’re instantly hit with room #inspo and before you know it, you’re leaving with an armful of adopted leafy housemates, a new-found obsession with decorative pots and a permanent green thumb. Oh, though you simply weren’t there if you don’t walk away with a photo in front of those #instafamous peach doors.
Gather Store is the eclectic boutique that dreams are made of, and the friendly neighbour to Dust Temple in Currumbin. Stocking enough exotic plants to fill an entire rainforest, along with fine home wares, ceramics, organic skin care and Macramé wall hangings, Gather is the perfect place to open your wallet for one-of-a-kind gifts or treat-yourself splurges. Gather is one of the best indoor plant shops on the Gold Coast; so prepare to fall in lurve.
Greenfolk Botany Shop
GreenFolk Botany Shop in Burleigh Heads specialises in indoor plants and garden wares, and their sole focus on these lush babies means you’ll get in-depth knowledge and tips to turn that black thumb of yours into a green one. On top of bagging a new plant friend, there are also baskets and designer pots, indoor gardening tools, collectables, coffee table books and a gorgeous range of botanical artworks by the talented Holly Neilson from PaperHands to take home.
Terrariums, tea leaves and locally made soaps make Little Plants a particularly whimsical stop off on the indoor plant journey. A new project started by Adam’s Garden Florist, which opened in Parkwood in 1975, these passionate planties can guide you to an indoor plant oasis.
Crystal Waters Nursery
With indoor plants starting at $7.99, you can convert your home into a Pinterest board with very little impact on your bank balance by visiting Crystal Waters Nursery. Located in Clagiraba—about half a hour inland from Southport—it’s a great excuse to enjoy the outdoors whilst shopping for your indoors. Without question one of the best indoor plant shops on the Gold Coast.
Paul’s Plants source everything locally or grow it themselves, and are happy to hunt down whatever petals and plants your heart desires should they not already have it in stock. Sandwiched within Carrara Markets, you’ll be able to pick up a couple of second hand books and some incense sticks to complete your Zen zone once the plants are in place. Gazanias, dianthus, petunias—oh my!
From succulents to cactus, gardenia to xanadus, Linda has a smorgasbord of indoor plants on offer. First and foremost a pot shop, this is a great place to pick up a little nest for your greenery to complete the look. Linda's Place is located in Bundall and deliver to Brisbane, Ipswich, Tweed and the GC—everyone’s a winner.
Ross Evans Garden Centre
Pull out the credit card and get ready for some serious plant shopping. Ancient Chinese-looking pots, aromatherapy oils, bird baths, classical statues, cane chairs and baskets…you can create an indoor Garden of Eden with the help of Ross Evans. When you’re all stocked and sorted on the plant front, unwind in the centre’s very own Cafe 63.
All stocked up after a visit to the best indoor plant shops on the Gold Coast? Well, let’s make sure you keep those babies alive!
Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List