Libby Mclean started selling plants out of her front garden back in 2015. After 2 years she launched a grown up version of Arizona Living in an unused laneway of the sleepy surf coast town of Jan Juc. Tucked away in a suburban area you feel like you're discovering a secret gem and hot damn, if it isn't the cutest little nursery we've ever seen!
The plant ethos here is all about picking the right plants and helping people grow their plant confidence. Even Libby spent a good part of her 20's being a serial plant killer. It takes time and patience to understand why we keep making the same plant mistakes, which is why Libby and her staff are happy to chat to customers and help them pick the right plant for their space. All of the staff (Josie, Katherine, Annie, Suse & Jean - over half of which are Lib's sisters!) have also learnt though trial and error what does and doesn't work in their own homes and gardens. The girls take home new cuttings and plants regularly so that the advice you will get comes always from a place of real life experience with the plants they sell. Every plant comes with a no-fuss care sheet written by Libby and free follow up care or potting up is just part of the bargain.
A big drawcard for visitors of the nursery is the geodesic greenhouse Lib custom designed and has erected in her funky pink laneway space (check Arizona Living's facebook page for a timelapse of Lib and her partner Anna building the dome - pretty funny). And the whole place feels like you’ve teleported to Joshua Tree or something (‘California Living’ might also have worked).
The other building is a decommissioned shipping container, run on solar power so the only 'grid' connection for the nursery is a water supply. Arizona Living lives just off the Stuart Ave carpark and will stay in this laneway space until April 2019 (and possibly beyond) but when the time does come to relocate the entire nursery is transportable & without a fixed footprint, everything unclips, unbolts and will lift up and move to reduce single use materials.
In term of plant species (because lets get serious that's what this is really about), take your pick. Succulents, spiky desert cacti, indoor plants, hanging baskets and even airplants (they get all their nutrients and water from the air and are very very hard to kill...although not impossible) can be found and the weirder the better in Lib's books. One key thing is all her plants are EASY CARE, no high maintenence plants here.
Libby also stocks a beautiful range of boutique pots, planters and plant-care paraphernalia. From Mr Kitly's range delicious self watering pots to stunning local ceramics there is always a big range of wall planters, baskets, giant macrame's and special items so that with every visit you will find the perfect gift or something little for yourself you can't live without.
Do yourself a favour and pop down to Jan Juc to check out Arizona Living one weekend soon (also open weekdays!)
"Love this nursery! Unique with lots of ideas! We need people like Libby to give us inspiration!"
"Amazing range of plants and after many visits, with Libby's help, my house is now very happy and full of Arizona Living's plants and well on it's way to becoming an indoor jungle!"
"I absolutely adore my new indoor plants I bought from Libby. Arizona Living has such a great range of plants with a difference, and it's so fantastic that I can get them in my little paradise. Even better Libby is so helpful and lovely to deal with. Thanks Libby x"
"Such a beautiful nursery! Lots of lovely plants :) very friendly service. Will definitely be seeing me again. Thanks Libby xx"
"Incredible garden design. Such a talent!"
"Great range of succulents, very friendly service! Can't wait to go back!"
"Great range of plants. Potted my succulents!! Very helpful!!"
"Libby's nursery is just beautiful, and she is extremely knowledgable about the plants that she sells. Highly recommended!"
"I had the pleasure of visiting Arizona Living last weekend, a simply beautiful collection. I was delighted to see so many vintage style plants; and very happy coming home with a Chain of Hearts, just like the one my Grandma had on her porch. Thank you Libby"