This one goes out to all the poor souls of Melbourne whose landlords won’t let them have real pets even though their houses have polished floorboards and a secure yard.
Here’s where to find all the best plant babies in Melbourne (that won’t curl up with you at night but will look really good next to the telly or something). These are the best nurseries in Melbourne.
Garden Of Eden
If you’re looking for a family-run business that offers first a class plant-based service while also demonstrating sustainable and environmental gardening practices in beautiful flora-filled places, then Garden Of Eden is your man. This inner-city nursery is stocked with all your plant, landscaping and homewares needs, plus the clever yoomans working there know everything there is to know about styling a space and will almost definitely tell you to throw out that dead basil plant you keep by the fridge.
Glasshaus Nursery owner, Paul Hyland, has been a plant grower for over twenny years, that’s almost as long as Grey’s Anatomy has been going for, which is how you know he knows what’s up with the green thangs. You can go and take a peek in their Cremorne location or dive right into their flora collection at their nursery in Richmond. Or alternatively, por que no los dos?? They've also got a sneaky side business selling bunches of flowers, check out Glasshaus Florist in Richmond.
Fitzroy Nursery has been a Brunswick Street fixture for over thirty years and has been replicating Fitzroy’s vibrant culture in its offerings for just as long. This is on your one-stop-Fitzroy-shop for all of your hanging basket, terrarium, cacti, large palm and ficus variety needs, and it’s all just three kilometres from the CBD.
Warran Glen Garden Centre & Cafe
Set amongst five lush acres of botanics, this bad boy is both a shopping and dining ~experience~. Not only can you pull up a seat at their cafe and watch the ducks, peacocks and chooks (!!), but you can also wander over to their on-site garden centre. The little plant oasis that is the Warran Glen Garden Centre & Cafe features garden art, outdoor furniture, water features, outdoor lighting along with hundreds of plant varieties and garden supplies that’ll have you shedding your green thumb in no time.
Well the name alone is bloody adorable. This Surrey Hills nursery stocks the highest quality seedlings, plants, shrubs, trees, mulches, potting mixes, fertilisers and gardening tools money can buy, and their staff are like the Stephen Fries of the gardening world. You can drop into Acorn Nursery to make a purchase, have a coffee or just grab some inspiration from a source that isn’t a Country Road magazine.
Head on over to Essendon and you’ll stumble upon Poynton’s Nursery, which has a pretty firm foot in the nursery industry, having been around for EIGHTY YEARS (*slow claps*). Poynton’s biggest drawcard is its ability to source unusual, rare and hard-to-find plants, and then offer you a top-notch coffee after your purchase to celebrate.
The Greenery Garden Centre
Heidelberg & Templestowe
The Greenery Garden Centre has Victoria’s best range of large screening plants, and if that hasn’t already got you halfway in the car, nothing will. They also stock outdoor furniture, garden pots, water features, garden ornaments and landscape supplies. You can check them out and give their garden wares a geeze at both their Heidelberg and Templestowe locations.
The Little Veggie Patch Co
You've read the books, now visit the actual nursey. Occupying an old hall on the corner of St Kilda Road and Chapel Street sits The Little Veggie Patch Co's headquarters, where you'll find everything from seeds, veggie crates, tools to their own range of books. The team are also super experts in their field, so if you're looking for advice on that current project this is the place to go.
Lygon Street Nursery
Forget about a stomach-fill gnocchi or spaghetti bolognese next time you're on Lygon Street, head to Lygon Street Nursery and buy yourself some indoor plants instead. There's a wide array of indoor and outdoor plants on offer, and the team can also help you out with any landscaping plans or issues.
Do you kill all of your indoor plants? Well, this guide should help you out.
Image credit: Garden Of Eden | Michelle Jarni