ABOUT


Our micro nursery is a home based business and is open to the public Wednesday-Saturday 10.00am-2.00pm or at other times by appointment. Email euan@practicalhorticulture.com.au or text at 0476262133 to make sure I'm on site. 

Practical Horticulture is owned and operated by Euan Laird who has over 20 years experience in the Australian Horticulture Industry.

Starting as a field agronomist for the DPI in 1989, in his career Euan has reached the positions of Director Horticulture Services including Farm Forestry, DPI; CEO AUSVEG Ltd, CEO Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria and CEO Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Euan is a trained scientist, having completed a Science Degree at the University of Melbourne, a passionate gardener and advocate for urban greenspace. He has taught Horticulture at Tafe and appeared on such shows as Sunrise, Today Tonight, the Morning Show promoting the merits of horticulture and the need for access to Fresh Food.

As contract manager to the Department of Education he was the driving force behind the revamp of the Victorian School Garden Awards which has grown to now attract over 190 schools to participate per annum. As Company Secretary of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Ltd (MIFGS), Euan oversaw the development and implementation of a new new three year plan for MIFGS which had as its aims to inspire, and educate non gardeners to have a go and increase urban greening.

Three years after being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinsons Disease in 2012, Euan decided it was time to let his passion for all things green out of the bag even further. With wife Jacqui, he started his own business, assisting like minded souls achieve their garden aspirations, particularly those confronted with small spaces such as balcony /courtyard owners and those on small acreages looking to establish productive food gardens.

To achieve this we have sought out and offer the best of the best of non- GMO potted fruit and citrus trees and a vertical vegetable and herb growing system that actually works."

"As our name suggests we like to keep things simple and practical for our clients- we provide solutions for small space gardeners."

Euan is also a strong believer in whats old is new again and draws on the ancient art/plantscape created through espaliering to fit fruit trees onto walls and small spaces adding functionality as well as practicality.

"To me I see a blank wall or fence wire as a canvas on which to create a green artwork; which  not only looks beautiful but is as highly productive ."