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Published October 1st 2022
Where plants, food and functions meet
As a botanical bistro in Brisbane's western suburbs, Wild Canary offers a combination of spaces and species to satisfy your gardening and culinary needs.
As a keen gardener, I am always on the lookout for new varieties of plants and nurseries which stock a wide range of flowers and vegetables to add to my plot. From backyards to balconies, gardening is a source of beauty, exercise and food production, and on a recent trip to Brookfield, I discovered that Wild Canary is just the place to help gardeners "get their bloomin' lot" on their gardening adventure.
The nursery has a wide selection of healthy, potted plants and vegetables ready to grow in your new or well established garden. From sturdy succulents to feathery ferns and colourful ornamentals to useful edibles, Wild Canary has an extensive variety of plants as well as bright and functional pots and cute accessories.
As I wandered around the single level nursery, two of the standout items for me were the delicate and sophisticated potted orchids which just ooze classic charm and style. For a bold bounce of colour, the painted pots and garden decor were statement pieces to turn eyes. They seemed to me to have a Mexican vibe with hues of blues, oranges and reds, some in the shape of chickens, and other animals. They are sure to draw comments from visitors.
The Gift Shop, A stand alone gift shop is one of several buildings at Wild Canary and offers clothes and interior accessories for homes. A separate floral shop has bunches of ready to go cut, fresh flowers like lilies packaged and ready to give to someone special.
The Wild Canary Bistro All of that plant browsing can be hungry work, so follow the brick garden path behind the nursery to find a whole other Wild Canary culinary experience. To start, you'll find the kitchen garden with raised garden beds (with edibles like nasturtiums, pansies and viola flowers) of fresh produce grown on site. Then emerging from the rainforest garden is the Wild Canary Bistro.
Housed in an outdoor, white marquee is a bistro setting amongst the trees with a sophisticated menu offering dishes from $10 - $55 including Croque Madam, Black Sticky Rice, Smoked Salmon, Nasi Goreng, Pumpkin Souffle and more. It was very popular on our Spring visit with a full seating of tables.
With natural lawns, mature trees, and pathways, the garden area in front of the Bistro also converts into a private event space and hosts weddings, celebrations and special occasions. A wedding was being set up during my visit and the staff were attentively attacking floral arrangements to the outdoor arbour, laying candles and prepping tables prior to the arrival of the happy couple and guests.
Research has shown that Australians bought more plants than ever in 2020 with Australia spending $2.6 billion on more than 2 billion plants. Not only is it fun and rewarding but gardening is also good for you. The physical activity is known to improve your endurance, strength, mobility and flexibility, the relaxation helps reduce stress levels and the produce can provides a healthy source of fresh food. So if you are looking to join others and start a garden or if you are already hooked on nurturing your green space, then Wild Canary may be worth a visit.
Overall, visiting Wild Canary was a great experience. The plants were beautiful and comparatively priced but I also found that it offered the extended experience of unique gifts and accessories not found in more mainstream commercial nurseries and the bonus of food, dining and outdoor experiences to help you share special times with others. Wild Canary is located at 2371 Moggill Road, Brookfield in Brisbane, 16.4 kilometres from the Central Business District. Free parking is available on site. To find out more or book a table at the bistro, phone (07) 3378 2805.