When it comes to gardening, most people either have thumbs as green as shamrocks and a mad passion for plants or, at the other end of the spectrum, black thumbs and homicidal habit of killing anything with stalks and leaves. Whichever category you happen to fall into, the Heritage Nursery in Yarralumla might just be the place to go.
For the serious gardeners, they've got an exceptionally extensive range of plants. There are natives, shade trees, ornamental trees, fruit trees and flowering plants of just about any kind you can imagine. Wandering around, you can get lost for hours just taking in the variety on offer. Even the little things like herbs and edibles are a much broader selection than you might find at a certain hardware store. And when you stumble across a section dedicated to herbs and flowers to make your own tea with, it's a pretty good clue you're in gardening heaven!
For the indoor plant parents, again the variety is just amazing. In Canberra, succulents and cacti are nestled inside and you'll find every shape, colour and size imaginable. In season, you'll find orchids galore as well as the more common but equally awesome adorable indoor tables. There's even a whole section of carnivorous plants, many of them super quirky freaks of nature sure to be talking point at your next dinner party and happy to keep your buzzy house pests in check.
And for those of you thinking 'but I'm the one who kills everything, why am I still reading?' the good news is you have a much better chance at success if your plants are suited to Canberra's frustratingly challenging climate. At the Heritage Nursery, you know the plants are suitable - they've sourced the things that are most likely to survive, they're all healthy and the odds of getting a root-bound plant baby here are slim. Added bonus? The staff are happy to chat and help you dig deep to find your plant mojo so brave it out and go for it!
And if you don't bankrupt yourself buying plants, there are some beautiful pots, homewares and gifts to keep you interested before you leave. Whether you want to redesign a garden or just get a little plant buddy for your desk, the nursery is a beautiful spot to wander around and no doubt by the end of your visit, you'll be convinced it actually is easy being green.