The Best Nurseries and Plant Shops in Brisbane

Fill your home and garden with gorgeous green babies from any of these Brisbane nurseries and plant shops.
Sarah Ward and Concrete Playground
February 15, 2024

Whether you come home to a lush oasis of greenery or have killed so many plants that the High Plant Council would jail you for life without parole, gardeners run the gamut of experience. And just like caring for plants, buying them is a skill in itself. As you master the art of keeping hardier plants alive (hello, devil's ivy), you may feel the challenging trumpet of an orchid or banana plant and sweep the city in a hunt for green babies to add to your growing family.

Eschew Bunnings with a firm hand and head on down to the best Brisbane nurseries and plant shops for solid advice, rare finds and an abundance of crazy plant-lovin' folk.

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The Soul Pantry full of greenery and plants - one of the best nurseries and plant shops in brisbane

THE SOUL PANTRY, STAFFORD

Plants, classes and a cafe. That's the garden shop trifecta, and it's exactly what The Soul Pantry offers. A visit to the Stafford spot will help you deck your halls with plenty of greenery, make sure you really know what you're doing, and keep your hunger and thirst at bay.

As well as a range of indoor beauties — plus pots to put them in — you'll also find flowers of both the fresh and dried variety (for those who love nature, but know that keeping something alive is beyond their capabilities). Workshop-wise, you can learn about everything from table styling and terrariums to making succulent living wreaths at this Brisbane plant shop.

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Oxley Nursery — one of the best nurseries and plant shops in Brisbane

OXLEY NURSERY, OXLEY

Oxley Nursery is more like the nurseries your parents dragged you to as a child — a huge, rambling, humid place that sells everything you could ever want. As well as a wide range of cacti, succulents, palms, and endless fiddle leaf figs, you'll also find carnivorous plants, blooming aloes, man-sized lobster claws (Heliconias), Teddy Bear magnolias, Casuarina glauca (a Cousin It-like plant), pencil pines and voodoo lilies — basically, if you can imagine it, this Brisbane nursery has probably got it in stock.

The family-run spot also dabbles in landscape and garden design, so when you visit you'll always find advice and garden gravel aplenty.

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Mappins Nursery — one of the best nurseries and plant shops in brisbane

MAPPINS NURSERY + AQUARIUM, WEST END

Nestled among a row of warehouses in West End, Mappins is the kind of place you might simply walk right past you didn't know it was there. The low-key Brisbane nursery specialises in imposing cacti and lush indoor plants, as well as all your potential aquarium needs.

Inside, you'll find fluffy maidenhair ferns, long and lush devil's ivy, rigid philodendrons and monstera, as well as all the other darlings of the indoor plant world. The staff are passionate, knowledgeable and will make sure you leave knowing just how to keep your new green babies thrivin'. Plus, it's just over the way from the West End Markets, and the perfect chaser to a Saturday morning spent eating lángos and petting other people's dogs. No matter how experienced your green thumb may be, this is one of the best places to buy plants in Brisbane.

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Plants at All the green things — one of the best nurseries and plant shops in Brisbane

ALL THE GREEN THINGS, HIGHGATE HILL

Plants aren't the only attraction at All the Green Things, although it does stock a sizeable range of gorgeous houseplants. While you're wandering around the Brisbane nursery's Vulture Street spot, perusing the shelves and looking at everything from hardy favourites to rare varieties, you may also spy the shop's resident dog, Ruby.

In fact, if you're as fond of four-legged friends as you are plants, you'll be able to stock up on pet-friendly greenery. Animal-shaped and -adorned planters and pots are also a highlight, which'll help you combine your love of both — or make you feel better if the leafy new addition to your home is the closest you're going to get to expanding to your household at the moment.

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Plants at City farm Nursery — one of the best nurseries and plant shops in Brisbane

CITY FARM NURSERY, WINDSOR

Fancy something green, alive and edible? Then you'll want to make a visit to City Farm Nursery. Given that this Brisbane nursery is part of Northey Street City Farm, aka Windsor's permaculture haven, the focus on plants that produce vegetables, fruit, herbs and bush tucker shouldn't come as a surprise.

Consider it a two-for-one type of scenario: pick up some greenery to brighten up your balcony, and score yourself a treasure trove of ingredients that you can use in the kitchen at the same time. From cucumber, cherry tomato and beetroot seedlings right through to fruit trees, you'll find plenty here that'll make you hungry. You will also find other plants, particularly succulents; however if you've always wanted to use your green thumb to be a little more self-sufficient, this is your spot.

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The main store at Brookfields Nursery - one of the best Brisbane nurseries and plant shops

BROOKFIELD GARDENS, BROOKFIELD

One of Brisbane's long-term greenery go-tos, Brookfield Gardens may have changed its name from Brookfield Garden Centre, but it's still the same beloved spot that's been around for more than a decade. It's also well worth making the trip out to the western suburbs to visit.

Outside in the nursery, a host of outdoor plants await. Back inside in the greenhouse, it's time to feast your eyes on indoor plants. If that's not enough, you can also mosey around areas specifically dedicated to pots, homewares, and edible flowers and herbs. And, while you're out at this Brisbane nursery and plant shop, you can also grab a plant-focused breakfast or lunch from onsite bistro Wild Canary.

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Plants at the Saturday Fresh Markets - one of the best places to buy plants in Brisbane - cheap Brisbane plants

SATURDAY FRESH MARKET, ROCKLEA

The weekend markets at Rocklea are for serious plant buyers. We recommend you squad up with your green thumb friends, make a dedicated trip to the Saturday Fresh Market between 6am–12pm and back that car straight up to the loading zone. The plants on sale are cheap as chips, often half the price of your average Brisbane nursery (though it's not the place to hunt for weird or exotic species, as sellers will offer everything else in bulk).

However, it's the perfect spot to pick up big indoor and outdoor plants, pots of colour, natives and smaller succulents and cacti. Remember to take cash (as well as coins for entry and parking, $6 per car and $2 per person) and be strategic: do a sweep of the plant sellers before settling on purchases and going back, otherwise you might be disappointed to find a better deal elsewhere. If you're looking for a bargain, it's the best place to buy plants in Brisbane.

Published on February 15, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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