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By Libby Curran
August 05, 2019
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The Best Places to Buy Plants in Melbourne

There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.
By Libby Curran
August 05, 2019
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THE BEST PLACES TO BUY PLANTS IN MELBOURNE

There's a whole world of plants out there — here's where to find them.

These days, there aren't too many people yet to be bitten by the ol' plant-buying bug. If there's one thing we love, it seems, it's a dose of Mother Nature in the form of a leafy, green houseplant. And of course, that plant collection is a constant work in progress, always with room for one, two or five more additions. Thankfully, Melbourne's got a mighty offering of expert-run plant stores that are more than happy to help fuel your obsession for all things green.

Whether you're looking to jazz up your abode with some fresh plant talent, are hunting the perfect pot, or in need of a spot of sound advice, here's a round-up of Melbourne plant purveyors worth putting on your radar.

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    With a soft spot for the greener things in life, Folia House is a much-loved destination for plant-aholics, stocked with a hefty range of seasonal and indoor varieties. Inside, you’ll find a lush assortment of hanging plants, cacti, succulents, ferns and other potted greenery, as well as all the bits and pieces you’ll need to knock together your own terrarium. There’s also a neat collection of pots and planters to help keep those plant babies looking schmick. Keep an eye on the Folia House Facebook page to see when new goodies land — and to catch the store’s regular indoor plant sales.

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    This Cremorne plant store is so darn pretty, it doubles as an events space and wedding venue. Step through the doors of Glasshaus Inside and you’re met with a sprawling assortment of indoor plants, from wee little devil’s ivy, to rafter-kissing fiddle leaf figs. There’s big appreciation here for the rare and unusual, so it’s a solid choice if you’re hunting something a little bit different to add to your collection. Otherwise, you can just wander through the warehouse jungle for an easy dose of nature. And if your house is reaching peak capacity, you’ll find a huge range of outdoor plants around the corner at Glasshaus’ Stanley Street outpost.

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    Tucked away within Collingwood’s Schoolhouse Studios, The Plant Exchange is only tiny, but it’s working a downright hefty range of greenery. Here, you’ll find a diverse, weekly changing lineup of plants, with a special focus on rare, unusual and collector varieties.

    The space also houses a veritable library of pre-loved plant books, a selection of pre-potted plants and an assortment of pretty pots, including new additions from the Melbourne-made Mr Kitly self-watering line. As an added bonus, owners Jane Lloyd and Michael Chester are both horticulturalists, so they’re good to answer all of your burning plant queries and help you totally ace the whole plant parenthood gig.

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    An indoor plant shop and outdoor nursery in one, this cheery Brunswick East spot is a plant-lover’s dream. Owner Michael Khalil is a huge advocate for the positive effects of indoor plants on mental health and once you step through his jungle-like shopfront you’ll have a hard time disagreeing. There’s a plant and pot here to suit all shades of green thumb, every budget and any kind of house setting. A strong range of treatments, tools and potting mixes have been sourced from leading Aussie companies, and you’ll find lots of locally crafted green-inspired goodies, including ceramic planters from Melbourne’s own Chris Erlandsen Studio.

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    Foliage-filled haven Plantsmith is the brainchild of horticulturist and landscape designer Liz Turner. It’s stocked not just with a hefty array of plant life, but loads of pots, planters, books, stands, gardening tools and treatments to help really unleash your inner green thumb. Staffed by a team of qualified experts, it’s also a primo spot to load up on plant knowledge and ensure you’ve got all the know-how necessary to keep those plant babies alive and happy. And there’s lots more plant-ucation to be gained from Plantsmith’s diverse program of classes and workshops — be schooled on the basics in Plant Care 101, or prep for spring with the Propagation and Potting session.

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    An oldie, but definitely a goodie, Fitzroy Nursery is proof that plant obsessions aren’t anything new. With three decades under its belt, the Brunswick Street icon has been selling greenery since before most of you were even born and it’s still a much-loved plant pit-stop today. The laid-back vibe makes for a breezy shopping experience, while the famously expansive selection of indoor plants means you’re sure to walk away with a new friend…or five. Expect to find an eclectic assortment of greenery, along with a solid range of outdoor pals primed for apartment living.

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    Part of the not-for-profit sustainability reserve on Merri Creek, CERES Nursery is your go-to spot for stocking up on herbs and edible plants. These guys are all about encouraging backyard food production, no matter how big or small your patch of turf. Along with a selection of indoor and outdoor plants, and a hefty range of natives, you’ll find just about everything you need to help your garden thrive. There’s a range of certified organic potting mix, fertilisers and pesticides, bulk fertilisers you can refill with a BYO container, a huge stash of gardening books and a used pot exchange designed to help cut down on plastic pots.

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    A celebration of all things green, The Plant Society is the work of architect and interior designer Jason Chongue, who’s passionate about getting younger generations hooked on the joy of indoor gardening. Alongside a nifty online store, you’ll find the flagship bricks-and-mortar space, nestled within the Collingwood warehouse it shares with Japanese lifestyle store Cibi. It’s brimming with life, boasting a tidy array of indoor plants, along with a considered curation of books, accessories and homewares. The team also hosts a program of workshops and classes, from beginners’ tutorials covering the basics to a parent-child session designed to inspire mini green thumbs.

    Image: Armelle Habib

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Top image: The Plant Society by Armelle Habib

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