Marrickville Community Nursery
The Marrickville Community Nursery was opened by Council in 1999.
In partnership with the community, the nursery seeks to be a centre for biodiversity of the Lower Cooks River Valley – protecting, conserving and promoting the biodiversity of species and natural habitats of the area.
The aims of the nursery are:
- To promote an interest in and further understanding of the native flora and fauna of the Lower Cooks River Catchment
- To propagate and sell locally native plants
- To provide opportunities to the community to learn new skills and contribute to nursery operation
- To work in partnerships with other agencies and organisations
The nursery is licensed to collect and store seed from remaining patches of bushland in the local area. Plants grown from this seed are then used in local bush restoration projects, used in plant giveaways to the public and schools, and also sold to the general public.
These native plants are generally easy to maintain and require less water and care than many introduced species. They can also attract native wildlife to your garden.
The Marrickville Community Nursery has a viewing platform overlooking a frog pond and a comfortable outdoor seating area. This setting is used regularly as an outdoor classroom for community and school workshops.
For enquiries about booking the outdoor classroom contact Council's Biodiversity Supervisor at the nursery on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0412 435 948 for more information.
Volunteering at the Marrickville Community Nursery
Volunteers are essential to the success of the Marrickville Community Nursery. Nursery supervisors are on site from Wednesday to Sunday to train and supervise volunteers.
Volunteering at the nursery provides opportunities to learn new skills and contribute to nursery operations. Volunteers participate in:
- Seed collection
- Seed cleaning and storage
- Seed propagation
- Tubing and potting
- Composting and worm farming
- Pest and disease inspections
- Maintenance of the nursery grounds
For more information on how to get involved, call the Marrickville Community Nursery from Wednesday to Saturday on 0412 435 948 or call the Customer Service Centre on 02 9392 5000.
Location and opening times
The Marrickville Community Nursery is located at the Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.
Opening hours for plant sales are every:
- Wednesday 10am – 12 noon
- Saturday 10am – 1pm
- Sunday 10am – 1pm
Prices for seedlings start at $3.30, with discounts for community or school projects. A discount on the price per tube can also be negotiated for bulk orders over 500 plants.
Limited free mulch is usually available for residents within the Inner West Council area (bring your own bags and shovel).
For information about current stock please contact Council's Biodiversity Coordinator at the nursery on 0412 435 948.