According to their website “Garden World is a unique garden centre situated within a magical garden.” The garden certainly is lovely, and it is worth a visit just to see what one can look like!
We dropped in of an afternoon and wandered around – and, of course, came away with something for our own gardens. The entrance, off Beyers Naude Drive, takes you from one world into another –with lush green grass, tall trees and shrubs, and full, colourful beds. The drive curves gently around from one charming site to another, before opening into a parking ground. In front is the section set aside for the weekend Craft Market, whilst the extensive nursery building and plant area is tucked away behind still more trees and shrubs. The interior of this building is laid out very attractively and conveniently, and includes a pond and water feature. There is a good display of shade plants, and a wide choice of garden implements and accessories, containers and garden decorations, and some different household ornaments. Beyond the building the seedling and plant area is fully stocked with a large display of different offerings. It is well laid out with very good signage.
However, there is far more to the Garden World than just the nursery – and a visit to their website will disclose a surprising number of other activities. On the weekends there is a Craft Market, located under cover in attractive premises. There is a Tea Garden screened away in another part of the Garden, for customers as well as a venue for Kitchen Teas and Stork Parties. There are attractive venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions – and the photo gallery shows some remarkable layouts and decorations. They also cater for children’s parties and arrange educational events for them that focus either on General Farming or on Growing Plants. I liked this idea – it reminded me of how excited my granddaughter was when I said that she could help me plant some seedlings. She rushed off to tell her mom and to say that we were ‘going to get our hands dirty!’
There were 15 designer gardens on display from their 2009 Spring Festival, and their 2010 calendar promises another Spring Festival, a Harvest Festival, a Clivia Show and a Carols by Candlelight event, amongst others. Certainly, a lot seems to happen there.
We were disappointed in the general level of service, but were eventually offered assistance by a very pleasant and helpful person.
Having said that, it is well worth a visit, particularly if you are looking for more than a tray of seedlings. It is very easy to find and is particularly convenient if you are in the Randburg and Northern areas – or are planning a visit to the Cradle of Humankind or any of the facilities nearby. A weekend visit will also allow you to visit the Craft Market, which looked very interesting from what we could see.
Do look at their website – it is attractive and informative, and gives a good idea of all that is available. It includes some seasonal tips and advice.
Nothing will grow in your life unless you plant it -what have you planted today?
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