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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 !

Virginia Nursery
Virginia Nursery - Steve Hudson


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.

Virginia Nursery
Rows of Plants - Steve Hudson

Virginia Nursery
Rows of Colour - Steve Hudson

Gardening Supplies

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.

Virginia Nursery
Roses - Steve Hudson

Virginia Nursery
More plants - Steve Hudson

Garden Ornaments

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.

Virginia Nursery
Numerous Statues - Steve Hudson

Virginia Nursery
A little favourite - Steve Hudson

Stellas Home and Gifts

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.

Virginia Nursery
Homeware and Gifts - Steve Hudson

Stellas Kitchenware

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.

Doncho's Café and Restaurant

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.

Virginia Nursery
Doncho's Cafe - Steve Hudson

Virginia Nursery
Cannoli - Steve Hudson

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.

Virginia Nursery
Coin Fountain - Steve Hudson

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.
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Why? SA's biggest
When: 8am-5pm Mon-Sat, and 9am-5pm Sun / PH
Phone: 8380 9560
Where: Gawler Road, Virginia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
That's a lovely fountain.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2843 days ago
Love this place, we've been coming here since we were kids. Can get lost looking around!
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 2836 days ago
Cafes in Nurseries seem to be common fare nowadays. Bit like cafes in carwashes as well
by Stefano (score: 2|215) 2833 days ago
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