To us, the gardening bug is like an addiction. It might start with a basil plant in your kitchen window or a passing regard for a nicely scented rose. Then, before you can say narcissus psuedonarcissus (that’s daffodil in case you were wondering), you’ve acquired a deep knowledge of plant species and a passion that extends out like a Weeping Willow.
At Hundred Acre Wood, we’re passionate about plants. When we’re not hunting down quality hanging planters (or down the pub), you'll find us at local nurseries where years of passion has taught us to sort the wheat from the chaff.
We recently wrote about a few of our favourite hanging planters and now we wanted to share our hand-picked directory of top nurseries from all across Australia. This means great value for money, an extensive range of plants, friendly service and a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
Garden of Eden Nursery, Albert Park
365 Ferrars St, Albert Park VIC 3206
Garden of Eden is a family run, inner city establishment that focuses on organic produce. Their other emphasis is on service and they don’t disappoint. Any questions you have will be met with a smile and an abundance of knowledge.
Fitzroy Nursery, Fitzroy
390 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Fitzroy Nursery is a little gem, located right in the heart of buzzy Brunswick Street, and stocks a range of seasonal indoor and outdoor plants that has something for everyone. From the moment you pass through its signature gates, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a magical oasis.
Ceres Nursery, Brunswick East
Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East VIC 3057
As a Permaculture nursery, Ceres Nursery aims is to encourage food production hence an emphasis on edible plants. But this nursery, part of the renowned not-for-profit, sustainability centre Ceres, has an extensive range sure to please.
Poyntons Nursery, Essendon
98 Vida St, Aberfeldie VIC 3040
A huge expanse of a nursery, this one-stop shop has everything…in fact, it has the largest range of plants in Melbourne. Even better, it’s situated on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, meaning you can find what you’re looking for with a lovely backdrop.
Acorn Nursery, Surrey Hills
669-673 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Local favorite Acorn Nursery is home to a great range of plants and super friendly customer service. Their team of qualified horticulturalists (their nursery manager Tony is a legend) will answer any queries you have.
The Greenery Garden Centre, Heidelberg
4 Banksia St, Heidelberg VIC 3084
Held in high esteem, The Greenery Garden Centre separates itself from the competition through its ‘show gardens’, which allow you to visualize plants in a beautifully designed, award winning setting.
St. Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op, Port Melbourne
525 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
This community run nursery propagates a wide range of coastal, heathland, woodland and grassland species from the Melbourne region; we love its emphasis on local and native flora. But, producing over 100,000 plants a year, you’ll love their extensive choice.
Northcote Nursery, Northcote
Victoria Rd & South Cres, Northcote VIC 3070
Northcote Nursery may not be the largest nursery in Melbourne but what it lacks in scale, it makes up for in charm and character. It helps that their staff are very knowledgeable and that their plants looked great last time we passed through.
Westlake Nursery, Ardeer
614 Ballarat Rd, Ardeer VIC 3022
From humble origins hawking their plants at Victorian markets, this family run nursery ticks all the boxes. Now, Westlake is a large, successful nursery with a simple philosophy of only stocking plants they would deem fit for their own gardens.
Growing Friends’ Nursery, Royal Botanic Gardens
We’ve been smitten with this idea ever since we heard about it…propagate native, exotic, rare, hard-to-find and endangered plants from the botanic gardens, then use the profits to support the gardens themselves. Brilliant. The nursery is located towards the south side of the gardens, near the Maiden Theatre.
Four Seasons Nursery, Belrose
While it may not be as decadent as the 5-star hotel chain in which it shares its name, the Four Seasons Nursery offers a 5 star range of plants in its massive acre long courtyard. It’s your one-stop gardening shop, especially if you live in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney.
Newtown Garden Market, Newtown
Pretty and lovely can only begin to describe this little gem of a nursery, which specialises in small garden spaces, indoor gardens and balconies. Their back courtyard is brimming with great plants and with friendly staff, this is a gardener's paradise.
Honeysuckle Garden, Bondi
We're not always the biggest fan of awards but any place that wins Nursery of the Year is worth visiting. Honeysuckle Garden certainly deserves this accolade. The family run business has 40 years experience and their flagship Bondi location now has a beautiful sister store in Mosman.
Tim's Garden Centre, Campbelltown
Drive an hour or so south of Sydney and you'll reach Campbelltown, which has Tim's Garden Centre and its large expanse of plants and knowledgeable staff. Be sure to check out their website or their regularly updated Facebook page for great gardening advice from their founder, Tim.
Hargraves Nursery, Dural
Established in 1971, Hargraves Nursery has been a bastion of the northern suburb of Dural ever since. They have a nice range of plants at affordable prices and their pledge to their local community is humbling to see.
Elegant Outdoors, Turramurra
A previous award winner for 'small garden centre', Elegant Outdoors is a great little nursery tucked away in Sydney's northern suburbs. With its emphasis on great little gifts and local communities, we loved fossicking around its nooks and crannies.
Sydney Wildflower Nursery, Heathcote
If you're looking for Aussie native plants, look no further than the Sydney Wildflower Nursery where you'll find up to 1200 different species. This, along with the great staff and awesome back story about how it came to be, makes this nursery a real winner.
Rockdale Community Nursery, Rockdale
The Rockdale Community Nursery is a wonderful venture between Rockdale City Council and the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St. George, developed to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by offering both a vocation and a meaningful wage. And with 80,000 plants to choose from, what's not to love?