Beach Tree Nursery is located just two minutes from Torquay at Mount Duneed, on the Surf Coast Highway. Set behind iconic bathing boxes at the start of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Beach Tree Nursery offers a range of native, indigenous and exotic plants to suit every garden.
The unique and beautiful gardening oasis is the creation of Fiona Mannix and Jane McPhee – who have more than 40 year’s horticulture and industry experience between them.
Underpinning their professional expertise is a passion for all things living, giving visitors a sense of serenity and calm. From indigenous plants to exotic varieties, not to mention outdoor furniture, pots and beautiful giftware – Fiona and Jane have created a unique and special experience.
Fiona says it was her grandma’s vegie garden and memories of sharing it with her which made horticulture so special to her.
“That’s really where I got my love for gardening,” Fiona explains.
“It was just a real place of sanctuary for me when I was younger. I still just love nature and birds and being outside.”
While she tried other vocations throughout her life, she always found herself returning to nature and honed her craft at some of Melbourne’s best nurseries.
“I always went back to plants – that’s where Jane and I met working together. It’s what I’ve always connected to.”
Jane, who has also worked in many different industries in her life – always felt most inspired when in nature. She has worked across every aspect of the industry, from propagation and sales to garden design.
It was their joint knowledge and passion which brought the two together to create their Surfcoast Highway nursery – which recently expanded to incorporate outdoor furniture, giftware and water features.
Jane, who is originally from Torquay – has always been inspired by coastal gardens and a focus on making people’s vision for their outdoor spaces come to life.
Fiona and Jane hand grow and select every plant and the nursery tells a story as you wonder, surrounded by water features and eclectic garden art.
The gift shop is a highlight filled with everything from indoor plants, pots and gardening accessories to home decorator items such as local paintings and artwork, casual furniture, cushions and throws. There is also a hand-selected range of fashion-accessories from clothing, scarves and jewelry to beautiful candles and soaps.
Fiona and Jane’s vision ensures you not only experience a beautiful and varied range of plants, but the nursery tells a story of their passion, knowledge and commitment to sharing their deep-rooted love for nature.