I wish the Cottage Garden Nursery was in my part of town, it is such a lovely place to shop, browse or to dine.The owners work in the business and are always on hand for advice.
One of my favourite chef’s in Brisbane is Gillian Hirst and she is now at the helm of the cafe inside.
Gillian has cooked at every high level imaginable and was even brave enough to go on the original Japanese Iron Chef programme. I think this casual place suits her now as she combines raising a family. Her sister-in-law Tracey Hirst has joined her and with a specialisation in patisserie it is an ideal pairing.
You will see more of Gill in front of the kitchen these days and that is not a bad thing as it gives her closer encounters with her loyal following, many of whom she may have not actually spoken to in the past when locked in the kitchen. The business is small enough that she still directs the kitchen and if she is delivering the food she must have made sure it is up to her standards.
Not only can you buy beautiful flowers, flower pots and horticulture supplies but you can eat and then browse the bric-a-brac shop. There are three traders who display their goods throughout the shop.It is all very retro but there are still many new items. Goodness I think my mother used to drink tea out of a pressed metal teapot with the black handle. The enamel teapots are definitely making a comeback, not!! Donna Marcus an artist who knows how to handle our discarded unfashionable might be the only person I know who would find a good use for them.
Not everything is old here, some is new to look old!
Cottage Garden Nursery, 999 Stanley Street East, Woolloongabba QLD 4169. Open 8.30 – 4.30 7 days per week.
Nursery 07 3891 7999
Florist 07 3891 2229
Gillians Garden Cafe 07 3391 1001