Posts Tagged ‘ south africa ’

SANA’s 2022 Garden Centre winners! SA’s Best Garden Centres for 2022

Posted on: July 8th, 2022 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments

South Africa’s Nursery Association (SANA) hosts an annual GCA Garden Centre competition to present to you, dear gardeners, the cream of the crop! Garden centres and home store garden departments are measured against a set of criteria aimed at assessing and improving product standards and professional service in the industry. Here are the best garden centres in SA! Did your favourite make it?

Stodels Nurseries Bellville – Garden Centre of the year 

 

Address: Eversdale Rd, Bellville 

 

From humble beginnings, Stodels Garden Centres have developed into a household name in gardening in the Western Cape. From the outset, Stodels Garden Centres focused on providing their customers with excellent service, top quality products and affordable prices. Fifty years later, the trio of service, quality and affordability has built a respected and much-loved brand. 

 

Originating from a mail order catalogue and door to door sales, the Stodels brand has grown to its current complement of seven award-winning garden centres today, two of which are based in Gauteng. The company was started by Mr Robert Stodel, in August 1962, when he started selling flower bulbs door to door and from the Parade in Cape Town. A mail order bulb catalogue soon followed and within a few years, Stodels Flower Bulbs became the biggest flower bulb retailer in South Africa, posting nearly 600 000 bulb catalogues to Cape households and importing up to 20 million bulbs from Holland every year.

 

 

Find out more: https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/stodels-bellville/   

Stodels. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Stodels. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Stodels. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Stodels. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty

Garden Pavilion Eckards – Runner up 

 

Address: 101 Boeing Rd East, Bedfordview, Germiston 

 

Eckards is a well-established garden centre that received a new lease on life in 1993. Along the way it became a Garden Pavilion and has continued to move with the times, maintaining a traditional feel with modern influences. Eckards prides itself on a high level of service, quality plants and helping gardeners and growers alike. Having maintained a gold grading status for several years, Eckards consistently features on the GCA top ten garden centres in SA list.

 

The multiple award-winning team, which include a number of qualified horticulturalists, are dedicated and truly passionate about gardening and has made Eckards what it is today. The owner, Wayne Stewart, drives the team with great passion. Eckards offers everything you need for a beautiful garden and more.

 

 

Find out more: https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/eckards-garden-pavilion-bedfordview-gauteng/  

 

eckards. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
eckards. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
eckards. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
eckards. gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty

Plantland Menlyn – 2nd Runner up 

 

Address: Corner of January Masilela & Atterbury Drive, Fearie Glen, Pretoria. 

 

When you enter one of Plantland’s four branches in Pretoria for the first time, you’d easily mistake their family-owned Garden Centre for the Garden of Eden. Jimie Malan is the fourth generation to manage the nurseries. Plantland stemmed from Malanseuns Pleasure Plants (Plant Growers & Distributors), which started out as a fruit producing farm more than 100 years ago in the North of Pretoria. 

 

For pots and plants of all colours and sizes, statues stretching from the classic roman collection to contemporary styles, as well as goodies for all your wildlife creatures – Plantland awaits you. The sheer beauty of their colourful, breath-taking displays contain all the inspiration you need to transform your home and garden. 

 

Find out more: https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/plantland-menlyn-gauteng/  

 

Plantland, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Plantland, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Plantland, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Plantland, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty

Home Store of the year: Builders Warehouse Port Elizabeth 

 

Address: Access Park, Cnr Buffelsfontein Rd and 17th Ave, Walmer 

 

Builder’s Warehouse Port Elizabeth continuously aspires to “make this nursery the best in the country”. This was the vision of then CEO Joe Owens in 2006 when Builders Warehouse Port Elizabeth first opened its doors and it remains the store’s vision today. Builders is a leader in home improvement and building materials with complete project solutions. This leading Garden Centre has walked away with the trophy for Best Home Store Garden Department for the 15th consecutive year. 

 

While the team on the floor, led by department Manager Michelle Meyer, is responsible for delivering the exceptional customer experience that earned them the SANA award, they would not have been successful if they did not receive the support and encouragement from their sales manager Lara Maritz and the head office team members Johanita Corbett and Fiona Delport. Their suppliers also provide tremendous support which keeps them motivated and driven to be the best. 

 

Find out more: https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/builders-warehouse-port-elizabeth-eastern-cape/  

 

Builders Warehouse, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Builders Warehouse, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Builders Warehouse, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty
Builders Warehouse, gca, winner, nursery, plants, life is a garden, bellville, greenery, competition, colour, beauty

Congratulations to all Garden Centres of Excellence for making sure that South Africa continues to have some of the best garden centres in the world! To find your local GCA Garden Centre, click here. Stay up to date with all your garden care and inspiration by joining the conversation on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lifeisagardensa. 

 

An Abundant Autumn Harvest

Posted on: February 28th, 2022 by Cassidy No Comments

Autumn poster

 

Living Mulch

Posted on: January 26th, 2022 by Cassidy No Comments
 
 
 

 

Give your lawn the summer vita-boost it needs Feature Diamond Sponsor – Wonder

Posted on: January 10th, 2022 by Cassidy No Comments

Summer lawn care is all about the right mowing height and fertiliser. If you want to enjoy glorious green blades this season, the tips below might come in handy. 

4 Tips for growing a luscious summer lawn: 
  • Set your mower to a high cutting height, as longer, thicker grass wears better in the summer heat. And wards off weeds too!
  • Rake up grass clippings and dead leaves, and move them to your compost heap. This way the grass will be able to absorb as much sunlight as possible for photosynthesis. 
  • Water your lawn regularly, and fertilise with Wonder Organic Vita-Boost Vermicompost for a bi-carbon boost. 
  • Watch out for broadleaf weeds. If your lawn is being invaded, fertilize your lawn first, and then spray with herbicide two weeks later. 

Summer Checklist

Posted on: December 13th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
 
 
Your summer just got better with these top gardening tips.
What to plant and prune to jumpstart the new year. 
 
 
 

 

December Checklist

Posted on: November 22nd, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
Host the ones you love with our December Checklist.
The whole family is welcomed in the super-fun summer garden. Plant, decorate, and accessorise here! For more click here!

Glamorous Flowers in November

Posted on: October 26th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
Make sure you know what to grow for extra pizzazze this spring.
Remember to prune your leucospermums, buchus, ericas and proteas now as you head off into the garden for your sowing extravaganza. Life is a Garden, so make yours extraordinary this spring! For more read here: https://bit.ly/3mgLR30 

Make your spring garden blush

Posted on: September 27th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
These top 5 raging rose varieties are kicking up a storm.
Are you stocked?

Experience October bliss to the fullest with the best edibles, plants, and lawn maintenance.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/3lXbe8u

Checklist

Spring Zing September Checklist

Posted on: August 24th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
The season that needs no introduction – it can only be SPRING! This is an exciting time for gardeners filled with blossoms, blooms, and renewed beauty after the winter.
We’re full bloom ahead with ‘n spekkie news for you! for more read here: https://bit.ly/3guOLOi

September Checklist

Garden Day 2021

Posted on: August 16th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments

Host your own Garden Day celebration on Sunday 17 October. The Garden Day website has put together a handy toolkit of ideas and resources, which you can use to support the campaign via social media, including Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Download any of the images and share photos of your celebrations using #GardenDaySA #GardenYaySA #LifeIsAGarden

Indigenous South Africa

Posted on: July 27th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
Our local lovelies are bred for SA’s climate and attract a glorious variety of wildlife.

August Checklist

Posted on: July 27th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
We’re crazy for daisies and getting the garden ready for a Springtime show.
August is blowing in some extra special blooms in gorgeous hues for every mood for more read here: https://bit.ly/3rD79IZ
August Checklist

July Maintenance Checklist

Posted on: June 23rd, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
All about much-needed maintenance!
Become a winter winner in your July garden here: https://bit.ly/2TVpuV5

June Checklist

Posted on: May 24th, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
June is a blank canvas for the outdoor artist & cool-season muses.
Make sure you’re clued-up on how to get down in the June garden here: 
https://bit.ly/3fVY7BF

May Checklist

Posted on: April 23rd, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
Here’s what to grow and sow in May with some handy maintenance reminders.
Make sure you’re clued-up on how to get down in the May garden here: 
https://bit.ly/3tH6BC1

What to do in the April garden?

Posted on: March 23rd, 2021 by Cassidy No Comments
Check out these tricks of the trade and find out which flowers, herbs, and veggies to grow and sow for a cool-season paradise. For more read here: https://bit.ly/2Pn83tZ

March Checklist

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments
How’s them flowers looking? Are you prepped for cool-season crops?
Make sure you’re clued-up on how to get down in the March garden here: https://bit.ly/39F2I7W

February in the Garden – Word Scrabble

Posted on: January 20th, 2021 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments
Cna ouy uncsabbrel tehes owdrs?
Read through the February in the Garden Checklist to get hints as to what the words are. Check it out here: https://bit.ly/39F2I7W

February in the garden word scrabble

Veggie Garden Word Search

Posted on: January 20th, 2021 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments
Search for the words and flex those brain muscles!

How many words can you find? Include the little ones in your search to finding all the words.

Starting out a veggie garden? Get your Veggie 101 here: https://bit.ly/2LHgI9k

Veggie garden word search

February Checklist

Posted on: January 20th, 2021 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments
Maximize the harvest with our handy maintenance tips.
To read the full February in the Garden Checklist article click here: https://bit.ly/39F2I7W

Life is a garden Checklist