About Us

The olden days of Acorn Nursery circa 1985

The olden days of Acorn Nursery circa 1985

Acorn Nursery as it is today

Acorn Nursery as it is today

The Oaks Cafe

The Oaks Cafe

Established in 1985, ACORN NURSERY is still going strong almost 30 years later.  In the heart of Surrey Hills, this family run business offers the service you won't find at the superstores.  All the advantages of a local nursery plus the service from our qualified horticulturalists.  At ACORN NURERY you'll get the best quality plants, Mel-&-John-B find gorgeous presents in our gift shop & finish off the experience with a coffee in our garden cafe.  Photo - owners  Melissa & John van der Horst.

Tony – Nursery Manager

If you haven’t met Tony you’re missing out, he’s been the face of Acorn Nursery for 29 years now. What Tony doesn’t know about gardening isn’t worth knowing. He is our ever-smiling manager, who will always take the time to advise you on how to get the most out of your garden. When he’s not in the nursery motivating his team, he’s busily updating our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as publishing his monthly Tony’s Tips. Get on board the Tony juggernaut and your garden will thank you!

Sarah – Cafe Manager

The Oaks Café is managed by new mum Sarah, who works wonders in the café. People flock to our café because they know it’s the perfect venue to have a quick coffee, a delicious breakfast or a long boozy lunch. None of this would happen if we didn’t have Sarah the ‘jack of all trades’ who on a daily basis, can go from being manager, to barista, waitress, kitchen hand or she will just stop to have a chat with our loyal customers. She keeps the wheels turning at the café to ensure you get the same great dining experience you’ve come to expect at the Oaks Café.

Janine – Gift Shop Manager

Our gift shop manager is dynamite, the energy this girl exudes is infectious. Janine 'can' shop! With an eye for detail and her finger on the pulse, Janine’s buying expeditions are the reason our gift shop is always stocked with new and interesting products you won’t find everywhere. It’s safe to say Janine probably owns one of everything we stock, so she’ll know what’s hot, how it works and why it will make the perfect gift or why you need it as a treat for yourself. Janine loves a chat, so say hi when you see her smiling face.