If you’re looking to stock up on indoor plants or want to see if you’re a green thumb, check out our picks of the best plant nurseries in Melbourne’s north.
CERES Community Environment Park [Corner Roberts and Stewart Street, Brunswick East] is the ideal nursery to find what you need to cultivate a veggie patch. The staff here can let you know what’s in season and offer tips on the best ways to arrange your plants for the best results. Along with the nursery, there are trails through the gardens where you can learn about permaculture, water and energy conservation, local Wurundjeri culture and Indigenous plants, making it easy to spend a couple of hours here. It also hosts a calendar of community events, markets and education programs for locals and visitors to enjoy.
The ethos at Northcote Nursery [Corner Victoria Road and South Crescent, Northcote] is all about good old-fashioned service and maintaining traditional gardening techniques. This maze of plants is brimming with greenery, but don’t worry there’s plenty of signage around to help you find what you’re looking for. The staff is made up of passionate horticulturists, so you know you’re in good hands when it comes to gardening advice. If you’ve already got a garden going but it’s not quite thriving yet, you can bring in soil or plant samples, and the team will happily provide tips on how to get things on the right track.
If you’ve ever walked up Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, you’ve probably noticed this Fitzroy nursery brimming with beautiful plants and wares. The colourful iron gates of Fitzroy Nursery [390 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy] have been welcoming customers for more than 30 years. You’ll find everything here from hanging indoor plants to mature trees that can go straight in the garden. If you head upstairs, you’ll find handmade furniture that’s been artfully made using Native White Cypress Pine from sustainably managed forests in New South Wales, the perfect complement to your new plants.
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You can get plants from all around the world at Shady Gum Garden Centre [12 Walters Street, Craigieburn]. There are flowers in every colour imaginable and quirky ornaments to add a bit of character to your outdoor space. The plants on offer here change with the seasons so whether you want to create a garden that flowers year-round or a vegetable patch that suits the season, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Rivers of Yarrambat [28 Kurrak Road, Yarrambat] is a family-owned business that opened in 1981, originally selling plants to the locals from a humble tin shed. Now, it has grown into a popular food, leisure and retail plant emporium. You can stock up on vegetable plants, herbs and flower seedlings while the kids enjoy feeding the ducks at the duck feeding platform. Once you’ve picked up your supplies, head to the onsite cafe for a coffee and a slice of yummy homemade cake.
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The Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-operative [Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield] focuses on native plants. If you’re not familiar with the local plants of Melbourne, you’ll be captivated by the brilliant colours and variety at this native plant nursery in Melbourne’s north. It specifically caters to Melbourne’s north and the inner east so if you want to fill your garden with plants that are perfectly suited to growing in these areas, check this place out. It often hosts local working bees and workshops — if you want to learn more, be sure to check the events section of its Facebook page.
The owner of Plant Smith [107 High Street, Preston] Liz Turner is passionate about educating Melburnians on the best ways to care for our floral companions. As you enter the store, it’s clear she has an eye for design; the interior is decked out with beautiful accents, quirky pottery and happy looking plants. Here, you can take part in workshops covering topics like gardening for beginners, propagation and potting. You’ll be an expert in no time.
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If you’re after a new indoor plant for your room or a fascinating terrarium for your lounge, look no further than North Street Botanical [776 High Street, Thornbury]. The plants that fill this indoor plant nursery come in gorgeous terracotta pots, on hanging wall frames and in glass jars. They sell freshly cut flowers and gifts too, so you if you’re after a present for someone special you’re covered.
It’s very likely that even if you haven’t heard of My Jungle Home [71–75 Gilbert Road, Preston], you have heard of its regular indoor plant and pot sale. Held fortnightly during daylight savings and monthly in the cooler months, you can pick up a plant at a bargain price or simply spend a bit of time admiring what’s on offer. The plants here are selected by an interior designer, so they’re sure to make a statement in your home.
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Lygon Street Nursery [135 Lygon Street, Brunswick East] is owned by local horticulturist Michael Khalil and was designed as a space to enjoy at a leisurely pace. These guys know that plants are not just about the flora — the aesthetic of the pots is equally important. They sell locally-made ceramic pots to support Melbourne artists and to ensure that your new plant has a happy home. It’s encouraged to spend time here; you can even park yourself on a bench, read a book and enjoy the lush surrounds.
The Orient Bonsai Nursery [11 Mahoneys Road, Reservoir] is a specialised bonsai nursery. These plants come in all shapes and sizes and can be tricky to grow, so it’s a good idea to buy from the experts. Make your choice from its huge range, then select figurines and accessories to personalise your bonsai. Want to learn more? Check out one of the regular bonsai workshops that will help you learn the best ways to re-pot and trim your bonsai.
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