The following nurseries provide free native plants under Brisbane City Council's Free Native Plants Program.
If you wish to claim your plants from one of these retail nurseries you will need to collect a Free Native Plants voucher prior to visiting the nursery.
Residential rates notices are not accepted at participating nurseries in exchange for free native plants.
Retail nursery participants
|North||City Farm Nursery
(open Thursday to Sunday)
|Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria Street, Windsor||07 3857 8775|
|East||Cottage Garden Nursery||999 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane||07 3891 7999|
|South||Oxley Nursery||174 Dowding Street, Oxley||07 3375 5390|
(open Monday to Saturday)
|40 King Avenue, Willawong||07 3736 5800|
|West||Paten Park Native Nursery
(open Tuesday to Sunday)
|57 Paten Road, The Gap||07 3300 6304|
Council collection points
Downfall Creek Bushland Centre and Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre are additional collection points for free native plants. Residential ratepayers can present their paid rates notice from the current financial year in exchange for 2 free plants.
|Region||Council collection point||Address||Contact number|
|North||Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
(open Monday to Thursday)
|815 Rode Road, Chermside West||07 3407 2400|
|South||Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre
(open Tuesday to Sunday)
|149 Acacia Road, Karawatha||07 3178 0330|
View the list of native plant species available for residents. Not all species are available at every nursery and some plants are subject to seasonal availability.
To help you establish your new native plants, watch our video below or watch it on Council's YouTube channel.
This is a transcript for the How to plant your free native plants video.
Hi, I’m Annette McFarlane for Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants program. I’m going to show you the simple steps to help you get your native plants off to a great start.
Now hopefully you’ve done a bit of pre-planning and worked out what you want your native to do, where it’s going, and you have selected the right species for the job.
- Plant as soon as you can after bringing your native plant home
- Dig the hole twice as large as the container the plant comes in
- If the soil is dry like it is here, water the hole with some liquid seaweed or fertiliser
- Gently remove the plant from its container, there should be no need to tease the roots
- Place it into the hole at the right level, backfill and firm
- If you have some compost it always helps to use it when you plant
- Make sure to mulch around the plant
- Water well until the plant’s established, that’s usually for the next two-to-three months
- Once it is established feed with a good-quality native fertiliser to help your plant really grow strongly.
So there you go. With just a little care and attention up front your plant has the best chance of getting established and give you benefits for years to come.
There’s a variety of natives available through the program including ground covers, flowering container plants, tuffing grasses, vines, butterfly-attractors, screens and of course iconic Australian features trees.
For more on natives and the free plants program visit Council’s website.