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Published December 15th 2014
It's so big you can get lost in there
I wouldn't normally write a story about a plant nursery, but this isn't just any old plain run-of-the-mill nursery - this is South Australia's largest nursery, and it is predominantly undercover ! Located just out of the City in the Adelaide Plains, the Virginia Nursery is a complete home and garden centre, with a café and restaurant tossed in as well, and with plans to make it even bigger !
There are plants, plants and then there are more plants. In fact, there are that many rows of plants that you would need a calculator to count them all. There are plants of every size and age, with many in colour and bloom. Potted plants, seedlings, fruit trees, roses, conifers, water lillies, cordylines and natives just to name a few. It is hard to imagine anyone coming to this nursery looking for a plant for their garden, and leaving empty-handed.
Fertilisers, potting mix, secateurs, weedkiller, plant pots, gloves, gaiters and shadecloth are amongst the numerous supplies to help your plants survive and grow. And with expert staff wandering the nursery floor, there is plenty of readily available help for any novice gardener.
For one of the biggest range of garden ornaments, make sure you pay a visit. From monster size cars, alligators, emus, gorillas and a turtle to water features of all shapes and sizes, there is something for every large garden. And if your garden is on the smaller size, or perhaps you aren't so ostentatious, then grab one of the smaller pieces.
For those who need that peculiar item for their home, or that gift for someone special, take a look at Stellas Home and Gifts. The range and variety ensures that there is something for everyone, with gift cards and other greeting cards to match.
And just when you thought there could be nothing more, up pops the kitchenware section. Knives, forks, cups and saucers are the staple items, and these are complemented by some of the more unusual salt and pepper shakers, sauce bottles, table coasters and other kitchen utensils.
I'd spent that much time wondering through the nursery that I had worked up a thirst, and the café was the spot. With a number of packaged beverages available, the takeaway market was catered for. I settled in for a coffee and a fresh cannoli in the Cafe, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of both. In addition to this quality café was a restaurant with seating for around 250 persons and a menu that would put some of the city based restaurants to shame.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this "oasis" north of the city. With plenty of common home and garden items complemented by some of the more unusual, I had found a place to visit for when I wanted birthday and Christmas gifts for those who are hard to buy for, while also pondering over a huge range of plants for my beloved garden.
The Virginia Nursery is open from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. Donchos Café and Restaurant is open the same hours as the Nursery. Further details on the Nursery and the associated products available for sale are detailed on the Virginia Nursery website and on their facebook page.