Driving towards Ferntree Gully along Burwood Highway is becoming one of those events where you have to concentrate fairly fixed on where you'e going. That means there isn't much time to seek out a new Coffee Shop along the way.
Those in the know however have their sights set on one place hidden within a nursery along Burwood Highway, the Banksia Nurseries Coffee Shop.
Weekend Notes has had the Banksia Coffee Shop highlighted before but let's look at both Banksia Nursery as well as the Coffee Shop - a two for one article, especially as we near Christmas.
A flash of colour on the lattice as you enter the nursery has a beautiful selection of purple snails and on the other side of the entrance a wall of hanging containers, again purple with contrasting white flowers growing in them.
Shopping for Christmas gifts for many has become a real headache and in this day and age there are many people who don't like the noise, the crowds or hustle and bustle of shopping centres.
Getting into the car however and driving to a nursery is more acceptable. So it makes sense to travel to Wantirna South and visit the Banksia Nurseries - there's time to wander around the nursery and then relax in the coffee shop.
If you want a small Christmas Tree that you can then plant in the garden after the festivities, then Banksia Nurseries small trees are ideal.
Gifts of flowers and plants are always acceptable and gifts for the home are both practical and sensible. If you want plants or shrubs or statuary, look no further.
The Banksia Coffee Shop is a little gem. Rod and his team provide service with a ready smile. Their menu is full of many delights and varieties, and their Lemon Curd Sponge and Ginger Fluff have to be experienced to be believed!
Coffee Shop and Ginger Fluff
Children haven't been forgotten either. Banksia Nurseries have a lovely selection of small animals - a pet that any child will love to get as a small gift at Christmas time.
It's getting busy on the roads as we near Christmas so take the opportunity of driving to Wantirna South early and do a whole load of Christmas Shopping. Both for your family and friends as well as yourself.