This one goes out to all you poor souls in Melbourne whose landlords won’t let you get a pet even though your house has polished floorboards and a secure yard. But fear not, if you can’t raise a pet, you can still show your tender nurturing skills but of another kind: by raising plants. Start off your plant collection, add to your already existing one of windowsill succulents, or connect with nature while you dig around in the garden.
Melbourne boasts a wide variety of nurseries where you can find the perfect little plant to add some green into your life, no matter how big or small. So, here is a list of the best nurseries in Melbourne.
Glasshaus Nursery owner, Paul Hyland, has been a plant grower for over twenty years, that’s almost as long as The Bachelor has been on the air, which is how you know Hyland knows what he’s doing when it comes to plants. You can go and take a peek in their Cremorne location or dive right into their flora collection at their nursery in Richmond. Alternatively, they've also got a sneaky side business selling bouquets of flowers, check out Glasshaus Florist in Richmond.
Plant Smith is where you go when you're in desperate need of people who truly understand how to style plants within your space. The knowledgeable and design-oriented team at will take care of all your green needs. The store is located in Preston, offering easy to look after plants, designer plants, collectors plants, and trailing and hanging plants too. The sleek and urban store was created and curated by horticulturalists and landscape designer Liz Turner. You know you'll be in good hands here.
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.
The Plant Runner
The Plant Runner is a walk-in, mobile greenhouse and nursery. This is the result of a long-time passion project between two friends, Duncan and Dominic. These guys are both qualified horticulturalists who have ran their own businesses with years of experience between them. At Plant Runner, you can expect to find all sorts of indoor plants, succulents and cacti. They also offer a range of plant-based services such as in-house consultation and interior styling. You can catch the guys at various markets around Melbourne in one of their charming plant trucks that are filled to the brim with green goodies. You can't miss it.
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 for you. This inner-city nursery is stocked with all your plant, landscaping and homeware needs, plus the knowledgeable staff know everything there is to know about styling plants in your home and will help you choose something that is right for you.
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.
This Surrey Hills nursery stocks the highest quality seedlings, plants, shrubs, trees, mulches, potting mixes, fertilisers and gardening tools money can buy. They also have such an adorable name. You can drop into Acorn Nursery to snap up a plant, have a coffee or just get some inspiration for your future dream garden.
The Little Veggie Patch Co
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. These guys are sort of a big deal in the plant world, they’ve written five how-to gardening books which were best-sellers in Australia - so you know you can trust their judgement. The team are also super experts in their field, so if you're looking for advice on a current project you’re safe in their hands.
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 conundrums.
The Greenery Garden Centre
Heidelberg & Templestowe
The Greenery Garden Centre has Victoria’s best range of large screening plants. They also stock outdoor furniture, garden pots, water features, garden ornaments and landscape supplies. You can check them out and have a squizz at both their Heidelberg and Templestowe locations.
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 a literally decade (amazing). 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.
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