The Borrowed Nursery
Change of season
30 Sep 2018 | Retailers
This month we head to Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast and have a chat with the girls behind The Borrowed Nursery, an old mechanics that has been lovingly converted into a space that acts as a nursery, venue hire and retail space.
What’s your favourite thing about the change of season? What do you most love to see coming into the store now that we are in spring?
It’s great to see some of our favourite plants come back in stock. As plants go dormant in Winter, its hard to get a hold of a lot of our favourites and the stock we get is often a little less developed. We’re always happy to start of the growing seasons spring and summer. This spring we’ve seen one of our all time favourites ‘the chain of hearts’ back and with some really good length which is great!
What advice would you give for people wanting to introduce more greenery into their home?
Take note of the natural lighting in the space of your home that your wanting to add a green touch. It’s also good to make sure you’re aware of the watering requirements of each plant. It’s all about finding balance between meeting the aesthetic requirements you want to achieve but also the practicality for the ongoing care. For those either new to the plant game or for those that haven’t had much luck in the past, start with a zanzibar gem, these will thrive on neglect tolerant to low light and only requiring water once a month.
It’s hard to go past the smell of coconut, its the right balance of sweet and fresh and reminds me of a tropical holiday.
How did the store begin? What inspired your journey?
The business began as an idea after helping out some friends with the decoration of their wedding. We were decorating tables with plants and cactus in assorted tins and pots we were collecting at markets and garage sales. It got me thinking about how there was a bit of a gap in the plant hire market and there was an opportunity to offer a bespoke service in this industry. From there the plant hire service of the business started and expanded to retail as well. Moving on from our first space to our current location in Mermaid Beach we had the additional space to offer venue hire to our offering, with our space being hire for photoshoots, workshops, weddings and more.
Things you can’t live without at home?
I try to bring home a fresh bunch of flowers home once a week. It brings some colour and fragrance to the house.