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Marrickville Community Nursery

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Marrickville Community Nursery

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In partnership with the community, the Marrickville Community 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.


  • 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

Inner West Council – and previously Marrickville Council – has run the Marrickville Community Nursery since 1999. Since that time, the nursery has continued to grow in size and influence. It has been central in achieving biodiversity and community education/participation goals in the Marrickville Local Action 21 Strategy (Agenda 21).


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 revegetation projects, used in plant give-aways to the public and schools, and also sold to the public. Generally, these plants are easy to maintain and require less water and care than many introduced species, as well as attracting native wildlife to your garden.

For a local plant list see: Native Plants of the Cooks River Valley.

You can view a poster of the Useful Plants of the Cooks River which features traditional knowledge of the D'harawal people.

Community education

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 mcnco@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or phone 0412 435 948 for more information.

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

Limited free mulch is usually available for residents within the Marrickville Council area (bring your own bags and shovel). 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.

For information about current stock please contact Council's Biodiversity Coordinator at the nursery on 0412 435 948.

Volunteering at the Marrickville Community Nursery

In partnership with the community, the Marrickville Community Nursery seeks to be a centre for Biodiversity of the Lower Cooks River Valley, protecting, conserving and promoting the diversity of species and natural habitats of the area.

Many of the plants grown are used for native vegetation restoration projects such as those undertaken by Marrickville Landcare Group, Councils, schools and other Government projects.

The Marrickville Community Nursery welcomes community involvement as volunteers are essential to its continued success. The Nursery Supervisors are there from Wednesday to Sunday to assist with plant propagation, seed collection and facilitate volunteer involvement. Volunteering at the Community 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

The Nursery Supervisor provides training and supervision for volunteers.

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 9335 2222.