The Rosalie Village is a bustling suburban hub of outdoor restaurants, cute cafes, and specialty shops and services just a stone's throw from the inner city. Alongside this busy shopping and restaurant precinct, it was an unexpected surprise to find that the greenery of the Rosalie Village Garden Centre is also a part of the mix.
Located in the winding Baroona Road (a stone's throw from uber-trendy Latrobe Terrace in Paddington), the Rosalie Village Garden Centre is a haven for those with a green thumb or newbies looking to grow (pardon the pun) their love and understanding of plants.
Rosalie is a former suburb of Brisbane. Queensland Places research suggests that the name came about from the owner of nearby Milton House, John McDougal, who owned the Rosalie Plains pastoral station (1864) and one-timene time chairman of the Rosalie divisional board (Darling Downs).
Rosalie was part of the land sales in the early 1860s in Paddington, creating several semi-rural estates. One of them was Fernberg (1865). A wetland extending from Baroona Road down through Milton to the Brisbane River attracted a few farms, and a wetland in Rosalie (now Gregory Park) was known as Red Jacket Swamp. The slightly higher area on the west of the swamp was used for the Milton primary school (1889).
Since 1975, it has been a neighbourhood within the suburb of Paddington. The classic Queenslander style homes, hard-working businesses and residents of the area have been unfortunate victims of mother nature's floods with extensive and unforgiving water damage occurring in 1975 and 2011.
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Like the suburb in which it resides, The Rosalie Village Garden Centre also has an interesting history as a gardening outlet and has undergone several incarnations over the years while retaining its roots in plants.
While it was established under its current name in 1994, the Centre was originally set up in the late 1960's. It was run by the 'Friends of Brain Injured Children' Charity in the 1970's and was known as Bush Magic through the 1980's and early 1990's. Under the ownership and guidance of the Wright Family is specialised in cottage garden varieties and broader species as well.
Take a stroll along the garden path When arriving in the Village, I was warned that the street front of the shop is cheekishly deceptive. Garden? what garden, I was thinking. It's not until you step off the pavement and stroll up the shop's brick pathway past the aromatic lavender that the green oasis begins to emerge.
Despite its size, the shop packs a punch in terms of range and quality of plants. Gardeners will recognise many favourites including hardy, drought tolerant succulents (great for Queensland summers), fruit trees, and potted flowering shrubs. I was happy to find the snowflake plant that I had come looking for. There is also a fun range of garden accessories from smooth, ceramic pots to friendly, garden ornaments to bring extra cheer to your outdoor space.
For the avid and the weekend gardeners, the Centre is conveniently open 7 days. Rosalie is located 3.5 kms from the CBD. So, why not stop in after a Sunday morning breakfast and stock up with everything you need at the Rosalie Village Garden Centre before tackling your next garden project.