Home among the gums: Danielle and Mick Stanley moved to Enfield from Carrum Downs four years ago. Photos: EDWINA WILLAMS

A tranquil family outing in Enfield

April 21, 2021 BY

WORKING in plant transport, Mick Stanley has seen his fair share of nurseries along Australia’s east coast.

But with two-and-a-half-acres on his home block at Enfield, he and his wife Danielle decided to launch their own.

Now six months old, Engarden Aura Nursery is not just a plant business where gardeners can pick up natives, including bush tucker, but a place the pair hope will be a group destination.

Australian natives that grow well in the Ballarat district’s conditions are the nursery’s focus.

“We didn’t want this to just be a retail nursery, and turn it into a job, we want it to be a place families can come out to for an outing, have some lunch, and have a look at our hobby farm,” Mr Stanley said.

Visitors are invited for a wander around the plants for sale, the garden and pond, and from 10am, they can sit down to Devonshire tea with “scones to die for,” or have toasted sandwiches.

The Stanleys have plenty of farmyard animals and pets that children will be delighted to meet, with horses, lambs, a cow, a sheep and more.

Customer feedback has noted the space’s tranquil feel, which is also Mrs Stanley’s favourite thing about the location, having moved from bustling Carrum Downs four years ago.

“I love the tranquillity, the forest and the birds. It’s a beautiful lifestyle here,” she said.

“I have a very spiritual side, so the Engarden Aura name came from the feeling you get here. I want it to be welcoming and warm, and people do say when they step in that they feel relaxed.

“If you live in town, you don’t get to enjoy this scenery. Sit and have some lunch, take in the tranquillity and the birds in the trees.”

Daisy the cow.

Mindful of visual stimulation for children, Mrs Stanley is developing an Alice in Wonderland corner of the garden in Mad Hatter tea party-style, with bright and colourful chandeliers hanging from gum trees.

Outdoor games and toys are also accessible to kids while their parents or carers have refreshments.

The Stanleys are grateful for the support of their neighbours in Enfield, who have helped them launch the business.

Engarden Aura Nursery is at 8 Forest Court, Enfield. sourcing seasonal plants that grow well in the district’s conditions and survive frost, like banksias, grevilleas and crepe myrtles.

They produce their own compost, offering a bag with purchases, and can source any specialty plants requested.

The nursery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm, with EFTPOS facilities. Groups larger than six hoping to have Devonshire tea should call ahead on 0466 606 118.