Snuggled in a sunny corner in Canberra's inner north, The Garden Botanicus Perfectus has been a bright pop of garden goodness since 1976. Being a local garden centre, The Garden knows what thrives in the Canberra climate so depending on the season, you'll find a bounty of suitable natives and exotics as well as vegetables, hardware and pots.
When I visited most recently, the front area was bursting with violas and the two outdoor courtyards were packed with fiery autumn trees, blooming camellias and winter vegetables. There's plenty of room in the outdoor areas to browse but beware, there are a lot of botanical beauties who will beg to come home with you!
From the outside, The Garden's building is styled as a shed but when you step inside, it's a cosy haven. Broken into sections, there are the obvious things like indoor plants and pots. Being autumn, there was also a great selection of bulbs. And as well as the usual garden-centre suspects, be ready for some spectacular surprises!
If you want to add some style to your home, there's a stunning range of Japanese ceramics and décor in different colours and styles - each piece is like a work of art. And Bison Home's spectacular glassware is displayed to catch the light in the most tempting way. There's also a range of lotions perfect for getting your garden hands back to their best.
But the best bit of all? The Garden's resident florist Flowers from the Garden. This florist has been in business since 1988 and they have posies and bunches galore. The flowers are fresh and vibrant and the florists were busy putting together plenty of new arrangements. There's a range of dried flowers too so if you want them to last, take a peek around the corner.
The Garden's staff are happy to help if you have questions so whether you're new to Canberra and baffled by how to keep anything alive in the tough climate or you're a seasoned gardener looking for something special, this is the place. Other services include pot recycling, pest and disease advice and plant identification. It's safe to say that these guys know their stuff so if you're ready to get your garden growing, The Garden is the place.