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Warran Glen Garden Centre & Cafe

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Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you. I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published July 24th 2012
When Warrandyte was a town, Warran Glen was a destination. Now that Warrandyte is on the north-eastern boundary of suburban Melbourne, Warran Glen is still a hub to experience the beauty in the peaceful garden centre, gift shop or cafe.

Warran Glen Garden Centre & Café has been around for over 40 years, and a visit will show you why, especially today, people can seek serenity within the five acres.
Warran Glen nursery
Entrance to the Warran Glen

A walk through will bring you to the water, complete with ducks and water features and greenery surrounding it. When I was there, children were delighting in the experience and many photos were being taken along the banks by proud parents.
Resident ducks

There is much to look at. Cast iron features on the walls, unusual plants as well as common ones and plenty of visitors especially on a sunny day.

Over the bridge and up the hill is the nursery cafe. With outdoor seating overlooking the water, or out the back, as well as indoor tables there is plenty of choice. The display cabinet houses items such as pies, pastries, cakes, and salads. The menu choices are many. From something to nibble on, to tapas,main meals and desserts. Herbal teas as well as coffees and chai are also available.
nursery cafe
Overlooking the water on the hill, sits the cafe

Our meals were delightful. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Sitting outside looking over the water and watching the ducks on a sunny Melbourne afternoon was uplifting.
Salad and risotte
Fresh chickpea salad and risotto

The garden centre was inspirational. Not just the plants, but art works, wrought iron features and water features all ignite ideas for the home garden. They are just lovely to look at on your visit. There are natives as well as non-natives and helpful horticultural staff to help you plan your own garden and provide ideas.
Gift shop
Plenty of nursery or shop treasures to purchase

Buying a gift for yourself? Well, you may not have intended to, but perhaps you will with so many nice things to tempt you. There are candles, hats and handbags, indoor furniture and ceramics, homewares, books and kids toys. Something for everyone really. The gift shop is open every day from 9-5. We found the staff friendly and helpful in the shop, with many ideas to help you crystallise your own ideas on what you are looking for.

A trip to Warran Glen is free, but expect to be tempted by some of the plants, the gifts in the shop and to enjoy a pleasant meal in the cafe. Overall an enriching experience,well worth a visit.
Meet the ducks

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Why? Serenity on the outskirts of Melbourne - so much to see and do.
When: Open 7 days
Phone: 03 9844 3027
Where: 373 Ringwood – Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte, Vic 3113
Cost: Free
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