Best plant nurs­eries

Need some more green in your life? Take your pick of plants at these nurs­eries. By De­lima Shanti

Time Out (Melbourne) - - Things to Do -

THINK­ING OF START­ING or adding to your col­lec­tion of house plants? These plant shops and nurs­eries have every­thing you need. If you’ve got a case of the black thumb, the knowl­edge­able staff at these nurs­eries are your best re­source for plant care know-how.

1 CERES Per­ma­cul­ture and Bush­food Nurs­ery

You’re prob­a­bly fa­mil­iar with CERES’S com­mu­nity farm, but pay the CERES Per­ma­cul­ture and Bush­food Nurs­ery a visit and you won’t re­gret it. This nurs­ery has every­thing a good nurs­ery should have, but we’re most ex­cited about the vast range of pot­ted fruit trees and bush­foods seedlings. Add some lemon myr­tle or War­ri­gal greens to your veg­gie patch – just ask the staff to choose the best bush­foods for your gar­den. à Cnr Roberts & Stew­art Sts, Brunswick East 3057. 03 9389 0111. so­cial-en­ter­prises/nurs­ery. Daily 9am-5pm.

2 Ly­gon Street Nurs­ery

You wouldn’t think that the small shopfront of this Ly­gon Street nurs­ery leads into an out­door oa­sis, home to im­pres­sivelook­ing shrubs, seedlings and ed­i­ble plants. Ly­gon Street Nurs­ery’s stock of in­door plants is gor­geous: get your hands on hang­ing plants like devil’s ivy or Bos­ton ferns. Owner Michael Khalil is a pro­fes­sional land­scaper who will hap­pily arm you with info on how to care for your in­door and out­door plants. à 135 Ly­gon St, Brunswick East 3057. 03 8388 7245. www. ly­gon­st­nurs­ Wed, Thu 10am-5pm; Fri, Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm.

3Loose Leaf

Wona Bae and Char­lie Lawler’s green haven in Colling­wood is noth­ing like your run-of-the-mill flower shop. Part florist and part nurs­ery, Loose Leaf has a trop­i­cal jungle’s bounty of in­door plants, suc­cu­lents and air plants hung art­fully around an oth­er­wise all white ware­house space. Trained in both the Ko­rean and Ja­panese arts of floristry, Bae also runs flower ar­rang­ing classes. à 31 Sackville St, Colling­wood 3066. 03 9994 6865. www.loose­leaf­s­ Thu-sat 10am-5pm.

4 The Lit­tle Veg­gie Patch Co Nurs­ery

If you live in an apart­ment or a squashy share­house, you can still grow your own food. The Lit­tle Veg­gie Patch Co is all about spread­ing knowl­edge of all things plant­ing, com­post­ing and pest con­trol. à 2A Brighton Rd, St Kilda East 3183. 03 9531 5594. www. lit­tleveg­ Mon-fri 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun 9am-5pm.

5Mr Kitly

Mr Kitly is the cre­ation of Bree Claf­fey, au­thor of In­door Green: Liv­ing

with Plants. You can find fully grown plants here as well as steel plant stands that hoist your plants off the ground, and colour­ful self-wa­ter­ing pots that are a saviour for the black-thumbed plant keeper.

à Up­stairs, 381 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 3056. 03 9078 7357. www.mrk­ Mon, Wed-fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm.

6Bun­nings Ware­house

Bun­nings isn’t just for tradies and home DIY fans. The big­ger stores of­ten have re­ally good nurs­eries that sell veg­etable seedlings, fruit trees, out­door fo­liage and in­door plants. They’ll also have all the hard­ware you need (think pots and shov­els) to plant your new green friends so you can be ready for that spring­time bloom. In in­ner-city Mel­bourne, your best Bun­nings branches for plant shop­ping in­clude Colling­wood, Hawthorn and West Footscray. à Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. www.bun­

7Fitzroy Nurs­ery

Fitzroy Nurs­ery on Brunswick Street is a haven for plant lovers, stock­ing every­thing from ter­rar­i­ums to ma­ture trees that are ready to plant in the ground or in pots. Check out the cacti and suc­cu­lent sec­tion and the in­door plant sec­tion which has a large num­ber of air-pu­ri­fy­ing plants (yes, it’s a thing) like ferns, devil’s ivy and peace lilies. The out­door nurs­ery, laid out like a gar­den, is a great spot to browse for your next plant project, whether you’re af­ter veg­etable seedlings or blooms for the bal­cony. ■ à 390 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065. 03 9417 3272. www.fitzroynurs­ Mon-fri 9am-5pm; Sat, Sun 10am-5.30pm.

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