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Zanthorrea Nursery is a family-owned garden centre, located in the hills of Perth, Western Australia.

The tranquil surroundings of Zanthorrea Nursery's hills garden centre make choosing plants a pleasure. Whether you are wandering around the display gardens or enjoying a picnic while the children discover the playground, the emphasis at Zanthorrea is on relaxation.

At Zanthorrea we specialise in Australian natives, which are among the world's most lovely and hardy plants. Visit our award winning nursery and choose from over 600 varieties of Australian plants. Zanthorrea is an accredited nursery, so our plants are guaranteed to be clean, healthy and 'hardened off' before you take them home.

Recent News

The cake cutting at our 40th party.

Alec inspecting the plants in 1981.

Zanthorrea's early shop .

October 1st: Zanthorrea turns 40!

Zanthorrea was started in 1975, so this year Spring marks our 40th year in business. Thanks to everyone for supporting us over the years! Here are some words from Jackie on how Zanthorrea got started:

"Zanthorrea was conceived around the dinner table in Gooseberry Hill. Alec's late mother Jean Hooper had a small garden design business and would grow her favourite plants to sell. Alec and I, newly married, would visit Jean each weekend and help with a few garden chores, in return for a home cooked meal.

As plant sales were growing, we talked about having a real nursery, an ambitious plan as we had no business experience just plenty of enthusiasm.

Over the next few months, our dream became a reality as we found a suitable piece of land. Alec built the structures, Jean grew the plants, while Jackie earned a dollar working full time as a teacher.

At first we had few customers and would put the kettle on to encourage a visit. (It usually worked.) Gradually word spread about our hardy plants and we quickly outgrew the shed we used as a shop. One by one we added a gazebo, a real shop, then expanded it, added a walkway, a fancy children's play area, and a spacious atrium. The team grew from family only to employing a young lad to help, and today there are 17 of us, including new owner Ross Hooper, son of Alec and Jackie.

Zanthorrea has grown literally for 40 years, to the destination garden centre it is today. Over the years, the wonderful people who have worked with us have helped create this beautiful place. We thank them, along with all the lovely customers who have supported Zanthorrea over the years. We are confident that Zanthorrea will continue doing what we do best - healthy hardy plants and knowledgeable friendly service in a beautiful environment." - Jackie Hooper

Springtime & wonderful flowers, 3rd September

It looks like it is turning out to be a cracker Spring with many wildflowers starting their blooms early.
On friday Semptember 25th we are hosting an after hours celebration for our 40th year in business so we hope you can all come down and enjoy the evening with us, between 4pm and 7pm. RSVP is essential for catering purposes on 94546260.
Father's Day is September 6th, so why not bring your father in for a walk through our display gardens. They are looking great thanks to the early plantings of Graeme the nursery gardener. We also have plenty of gifts to choose from if you want to buy that something special for your dad!

All September long Kings Park plays host to a wonderful wildflower festival involving walks, talks, activities for the kids and display gardens full of our WA wildflowers. Also good to get in your diary is them Native plant sales on the 26, 27 & 28th of September. Visit: http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park for more info on what's on at Kings Park.

We hope you all enjoy this fantastic season as much as we do, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade'

Melaleuca violacea prostrate

Our display at Perth Garden Festival 2015

Lisa's mural on Flora for Fauna

6th May, Perth Garden Festival

Perth Garden Festival 2015 had everything that has been missing in previous years. The organisers encouraged more show gardens and nurseries by offering discounted prices for any stand involving plants. As a result garden centres such as Guildford Town had wonderful displays with a great selection of cottage plants.
Zanthorrea exhibited as a show garden, with a selection of tubes and more mature plants for sale.

Our "Flora for Fauna" themed show garden looked wonderful, and was enhanced by Lisa's amazing mural featuring colourful birds and local creatures. The story boards featuring Frogs, Birds, Lizards and Insects amused visitors with quirky facts. (Look out for these in the Zanthorrea display gardens!).
The judges were impressed and awarded our Show garden a "Silver".

Feedback on Perth Garden Festival from visitors was positive. After a lacklustre festival last year, the organisers had made the necessary changes and created an event that was interesting, informative and fun. Oh, and dog friendly, an added touch! See you next year at the show!

7th April, Autumn in full swing

With the Autumn rains and cooler days it is a great time to get out into the garden! We have a great range of tubestock available at the nursery and now is the best time to get them planted as they get established before the summer months.

We are busy getting ready for the Perth Garden Festival, WA's premiere garden show. We will be displaying a variety of Australian Native plants down there including some new releases. Our display garden will be focused on flora for fauna as we believe it so valuable to give animals a place to feed and live in our gardens. We look forward to seeing you down at the garden show, for more info visit the PGF website: http://perthgardenfestival.com.au/

Mother's day is coming up quickly and is a great day to show the mums in your life what they mean to you. We are holding a tea party fundraiser with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, so bring your mum in for a Coffee and Cake and support the the great work they do at the foundation.

Hope you all have a great time gardening this Autumn and we look forward to seeing you soon.

New release: Grevillea Dorothy Gordon

New release to be launched at Perth Garden Festival: Hibiscus La Belle

Opening Hours: 9am - 5:30pm,
every day except Christmas Day.

The 2015 Wildflower Photo Competition is now open, Click here to find out about the terms and conditions and to check out all the fantastic entries!

Time to plant

Kangaroo Paws
At this time of year Kangaroo Paws are looking fantastic! It is not too late to get them in for a spring to summer show of colour. Try mixing different colours all together in a garden bed and water regularly through the warmer weeks.

Now is a great time to get in the winter flowering grevilleas like this Grevillea thelemaniana 'Red Spider'. They are hardy and great for the birds. Useful for a dense hedge with a little pruning.

Wax flowers!
The geraldton wax like this Chamelauicum 'Purple Pride are bursting into flower, so if you are looking to add a bit of colour to your full sun positions then these are a great choice. Also useful for cut flower arrangements.

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Zanthorrea Nursery has been an accredited grower for many years. If you would like to know more about the accreditation scheme, click on the link to NIASA website (left).

Zanthorrea is the first nursery in WA to be officially certified by Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA). To learn more, please visit http://www.sgaonline.org.au

Zanthorrea Nursery  ::  155 Watsonia Road, Maida Vale, Western Australia 6057  ::  Ph (08) 9454 6260