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Published September 26th 2022
Rare & exotic plants, plus known favourites
At any time, I have driven past the Fraser Coast Nursery in Ferry Street, Maryborough, there have been many cars parked outside on the street and also in adjoining streets, where parking is less chaotic. I decided to stop and pop in to see what products they were selling that were creating such high interest.
Fraser Coast Nursery (Author's Photo)
The nursery has all the usual plants, seedlings and fertilisers that gardeners require, however, they specialise in subtropical and rare fruit trees, some of which you may remember growing in your Grandparents' backyard but have forgotten over time and now seem impossible to purchase. Trees such as Guava, Mulberry, Banana and Lychees and medicinal plants such as small leaf Tamarind, Jaboticaba, Pandanus leaf, Gumbi Gumbi, Lemon Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle and more.
Some Rare and Exotic Plants (Author's Photo)
With over forty-five years of industry horticultural experience, sourcing the right plant for your yard and learning how to plant and care for it, is the Fraser Coast Nursery's expertise. On the day of my visit, I was looking for a Rosella and although the nursery did not have one in stock, I was told that they could source it for me. The Rosella bush makes excellent jam with a slightly bitter taste.
Heaps of Amazing Fruit Varieties (Author's Photo)
I have always believed it is better to eat fresh fruit in season and to grow these trees in your backyard or even dwarf varieties in pots. It is so much more rewarding than purchasing fruit that has been refrigerated from the past season. In our parents' or grandparents' day, there was no such thing as frozen fruit from other seasons - items were eaten as they were grown and they tasted better too.
Out the back of the nursery is a shed full of pots in different sizes and colours as well as garden ornaments, which all make great gifts to give at any time. Beautiful orchids in white, pink, purple and orange were out in bloom and are another favourite plant of mine, as they really need little attention if left alone.
Plenty of Pots to choose (Author's Photo)
Some of you may like indoor plants and there are plenty to choose from in this range too. I like the Black Bat Plants, but I have had no luck in keeping them alive, which is so annoying when I have a green thumb with others.
Orchids are certainly my favourite (Author's Photo)
If you are looking for a particular plant, pop onto the website where you will find different tabs to click on to see the varieties for sale. This also gives you a good indication of what to plant outside as well as inside. The Fraser Coast Nursery also has a variety of endemic and indigenous plants from the Wide Bay area, which may be of special interest to you.
The Fraser Coast Nursery is open seven days a week and is situated at 60 Ferry Street Maryborough. Telephone 0415 511 599.
I love looking through nurseries Susan. I rarely buy these days as my gardening days are over. Pity, as we have a large block and could almost plant one of everything. Reading weekend notes is a good alternative.