Local plant growers
Passionate about providing quality and unique plants and advice that people can trust
Don’t they say that when you’re in your 30’s you start to make choices that make you wonder if you are turning into your parents? This is the case for two married creatives from country NSW, Amanda and Andrew, who from farming and plant growing heritage, decided to take their love of plants to a new level by creating Desert Sunday Collective.
Desert Sunday Collective is best known for their pop-up plant sales and bringing quality plants to the people. Amanda and Andrew grow the majority of the plants that they have on offer at their family farm in the Upper Hunter which gives plant lovers the chance to support a local grower and be confident in the quality of the stock. Plant lovers and collectors can also shop online at the Desert Sunday Collective online micro nursery here.
2nd generation plant grower and proprietor of Desert Sunday Collective, Amanda Marsh says she is passionate about providing quality and unique plants and advice that people can trust.
“We have a large collection of locally grown ferns, indoors and collectible succulents and cacti as well as lots of pots and plant accessories. We also partner with growers around the country so if we don’t have what you want, we’ll get it for you”, said Amanda.
We also want to be known for putting on great events and experiences and collaboration with other local businesses.
“It’s no longer viable to just be the biggest and best business in the market…we believe in relationships and collaboration and have no real interest in trying to compete…for us it’s more about sharing our joy of plants with the next generation as well as be there for the generations of plant lovers that have come before them”, said Amanda.
Amanda and Andrew began Desert Sunday Collective in August 2016 after their favourite cactus broke into pieces during an interstate move from Adelaide to Newcastle. Devastated at first to see it come off the back of the truck they propagated it back to life (or as they affectionately say “it made babies”).
During this time, they also lost Andrew's beloved Mum, Julie, to her fight with cancer.
“Our collection helped us deal with our grief as we spent many hours replanting, loving and nurturing our small plant collection” said Andrew.
“My mum was a keen gardener and she found much joy in her plants. We consider Desert Sunday Collective a gift from her and we hope to spread as much joy and happiness through our plants as her life gave to everyone she knew”, he said.
Amanda's parents also run award winning Nurseries in the Hunter Valley with Country Elegance Gardens and Gifts in Dungog winning best retail nursery in 2017, giving the young couple a great head start to build their micro nursery and an excellent platform to supply quality, locally grown stock.
With their focus on bringing plants to the people, Desert Sunday Collective has many plant events planned for 2018 including House Plant Revival Spring Edition in November, so make sure you get connected on the socials to stay informed.