There is nothing quite like going for a laid-back hinterland drive and discovering that Queensland's original native botanic gardens in Ninderry is once again open, under new ownership and presently (and ongoing) undergoing some dramatic cosmetic changes.
The work-in-progress Fairhill Native Botanic Gardens covers an impressive twenty-one acres of gardens and has now been further enhanced with its own fabulous Botanist & Baker Cafe, ensuring that keen gardeners can browse all the 'natives' at leisure and stop by for a very tasty something to eat and drink before their homeward journey.
On arrival at Fairhill Native Botanic Gardens, visitors will be delighted to discover plenty of parking plus a 'Plant Loading Bay', so one can enjoy the tranquil surrounds, knowing that any must-have purchases will be happily waiting, undercover, to be picked up en route home.
Native bird-loving shrubs and trees are in abundance, with everything from Kangaroo Paw to Grevillea to Grass Trees, all beautifully set out, allowing keen garden lovers to admire the diversity of plant life on offer, without ever feeling 'closed in' by other garden lovers! The quality and condition of plants is superb as is the pricing, leaning much more towards the affordable than the over-the-top, which is, of course, a dream for every avid gardener.
Grass trees have always been one of my favourites for the garden
A local birdwatching group recently discovered at least forty-nine different species of birds at Fairhill Native Botanic Gardens and whilst we were browsing we could see and hear our feathery friends flitting in and out and all around, proof that this fabulous collection of natives will certainly be an asset in any neighbourhood garden.
A yummy variety, grown and baked by hand with love
Before leaving with all your new plants in hand, a pop in at the Fairhill's Botanist & Baker Cafe, should be a high priority. Offering delightfully fresh pastries, organic sourdough and an assortment of yummy sausage rolls (definitely worthy of a return visit) plus a cuppa of very tasty Padre coffee, a visit here is certainly a fitting finale to a fabulous outdoor nursery outing.
Plenty of inviting spots to sit and enjoy your surrounds
Did I mention that this newly re-opened local native plant oasis is doggy friendly too? Absolutely … furry pals on a leash are very welcome.
On site toilets ensure an unrushed visit and the area that we enjoyed was mainly wheelchair friendly too. Staff on hand were extremely helpful and generous with tips and sharing their gardening know-how.
Welcome to Fairhill, an awesome morning or afternoon outing...