Plants direct to your door

We grow our own plants in our production nursery in standard pot sizes. The plants we send out in the mail, and those available in our Garden Shops, are the same as the ones we use in our own gardens. 

Small plants transplant well and, with some basic care, will quickly establish a strong root-system. A Midi Pot plant can go from tube size to garden feature in less than six months!

Safe seed pledge

Seeds are the basis on which our lives depend.

The Diggers Club aims to  promote their diversity and free availability, and to fight all attempts by corporations to own or destroy our garden inheritance of open pollinated heirloom seeds.

We oppose genetically engineered seeds that promote the use of chemicals instead choosing to support sustainable slow food agriculture.

The club for subversive gardeners

Diggers was born on July 1978 in an old tin shed! Our purpose was to rescue the wonderful old varieties of vegetables, such as Scarlet Runner Beans, that mainstream companies were dropping from their lists. The only way to reach the keenest gardeners was to set up mail order distribution, bypassing retail shops.

Over the past 30 years, box-hardware stores have gained dominance and now control the garden market, just as Coles and Woolworths control the fruit and vegetable market.

Buying food, rather than growing it at home, is a greater contributor to climate change than all the CO2 from coal fired power stations. Multinational chemical companies, like Monsanto, can now introduce chemicals into our food supply through GM seeds, which threatens our health and the existence of our best plant varieties.

So to preserve our best plants and to help solve climate change, Diggers has to become a club for subversive gardeners. We are anti-G.M. and anti-industrial agriculture and pro-organic, and we campaign to increase the growing of food in our backyards.

Diggers plant standards

The Diggers Club production nursery is accredited to ensure that your plants have been produced to the highest standard demanded by the NIASA. We send plants Australia wide by Australia Post.

Plants are packed carefully to ensure they arrive in the best possible condition. Each plant order comes with planting instructions to ensure they get the best possible start. 

Magazine production

Diggers magazines are printed on FSC paper with vegetable based inks. Our local printer, Complete Colour Printing, has some of the highest environmental standards in Australia. 

Our magazines come wrapped in Biowrap, a totally degradable plastic that gradually disintegrates. There is no known eco-toxicity to the soil, or to ultra-sensitive organisms as it breaks down.

About The Diggers Club

At The Diggers Club we are passionate about gardening and are here to help our members grow beautiful and productive gardens.

We nurture inspirational gardens and hold regular workshops and masterclasses to build our members skills and knowledge. Our magazines inform our members about food, sustainability and other issues we believe are important for our future. We've been trialling plants for over 20 years to offer the best plants for your climate, and our staff are available to help you every step of the way to gardening success!

Current members exclusives

Give a gift membership

Share your love of gardening with a friend. Give them a 1 year gift membership and they'll think of you with each seed they sow and fruit they harvest. Plus, when you join a friend we'll give you a FREE Sow What When, seed sowing poster so you will never forget what to do this month.

Gamblers Choice Bulb Collection

Our Bulb Manager, Paul, has put together this special Gamblers Choice Bulb Collection just for members! Includes at least $60 worth of bulbs for just $29.95 to clear our end of season stock- but only for a limited time. 

The Diggers story

1978

July 1978. We published our very first catalogue. 

1983

Clive and Penny purchased Heronswood in Dromana and began plans for a cottage garden revival. 

1986

Heronswood opens the gates as part of the first Open Garden Scheme

1988

The Diggers Club begins to promote drought tolerant plants to suit Australian gardening conditions. 

1991

We begin trials, research and promotion of heirloom vegetables; the first company to do so in Australia.

1996

The Diggers Club purchases The Garden of St Erth. We now have our second garden and an area to trial plants in cool climates. 

2007

Diggers' nursery, seed office and despatch moved to 20 acre site in Dromana.

2011

Clive and Penny gift ownership of The Diggers Club, Heronswood and St Erth to the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust.

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