Quality without compromise, always something different
About Heritage Nursery - Yarralumla
A Range of Plants & Varieties Rarely Seen Anywhere Else
In Easter of 1996 Bruno and Hedy Zimmermann started the Heritage Nursery with the help of Scott Burns the Manager. The Nursery has grown from barren ground to become one of the most beautiful Nurseries in the A.C.T. and N.S.W.
After 21 years and an incredible journey of innovation, growth and success, Hedy and Bruno decided it was time to hang up the Garden gloves and retire... possibly even join the Grey nomads ..., time to open a new chapter in their lives.!
In August 2017 that vision became a reality, when John Cassidy entered the scene.
John, with 15 years of experience in Garden Centres and Retail, learned of their plans and grabbed hold of the reins, purchasing the Nursery along with its full team.
Spring 2017 brings the end of an era, and the beginning of a New and Exciting chapter for everyone involved. John is very keen to bring the business up to the next level, which is really just the next step in the Heritage Nurseries' evolution as a Premier Garden Centre.
Over the years, all sorts of new ideas have been tried, with a view to offering our customers the largest and most diverse range of plants available for our district. Monthly road trips to Melbourne and country Victoria have been fundamental in sourcing not only top quality plants, but the forgotten, rare and unusual selections many of which were thought to be impossible to find . We have also endeavoured to visit many of our Native Plant suppliers developing a strong relationship with them, resulting in our ability to access a large range of New Release and exciting Australian Native plants.
Our Fruit and Ornamental Tree section is larger and more extensive than ever, catering to the diversity of customers that we serve. Rare, unusual and hard to source edible plants are our specialty, and we are always on the hunt for something unique and unexpected.
The Nursery was all a-buzz in November 2015 as we launched our Partnership with the much loved Diggers Club. As well as their EXTENSIVE range of Heirloom seeds, we carry some of their Books, Posters etc. As we all strive towards creating an Oasis in our wonderful city, and becoming more and more self sufficient in our home vegie gardens, the Diggers organisation is a natural fit in this pursuit. We feel really honoured that that have chosen us as as their Partner in reaching this goal !!!!
We also have some lovely neighbors... the "off-lead" Dog Park and the yummy Yarralumla Brasserie and Gallery right next door to us. A short stroll will take you to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and the glorious and historic setting of Westbourne Woods, making a trip to the nursery a simply delightful day out. Not to mention the families of Kangaroos grazing contentedly along the approach to our front entrance. !
Take a trip out and visit us soon, and see for yourself why the most discerning of gardeners say we are THE Destination Garden Centre in the A.C.T.
International Garden Centre Association (IGCA)
The IGCA was officially formed in 1968 and is made up of individual Garden Centres from around the World. It assists Retail Garden Centres by providing a forum for a mutual exchange of information amongst independent Garden retailers the World over.
Each year an Annual Congress is held in a different Host Country, made up of over 200 delegates from over 20 Countries the Worldwide. The Study Tour caters to younger participants and Garden Centre Managers in order to learn and exchange ideas from others in the Industry.
Over the last few years Hedy and Bruno have attended Congresses in Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland and they were joined this year (2016) in Switzerland by our Manager Scott Burns. All of the staff here in the Heritage Nursery, gain a wonderful Insight into Nursery practices overseas from these visits!!!
Independent Garden Centres (IGC)
Independent Garden Centres is a rapidly growing group of 45 Garden Centres around Australia that have banded together for promotional, buying, networking and social reasons.The IGC network consists of like minded Retailers who thrive on sharing knowledge, ideas and information in a non-competitive environment, to the benefit of the whole.
We are proud members of IGC & strongly support the role of Independent Garden centres in bringing Quality and Diversity to the Horticulture Industry across Australia.