Lots Of Chocolate From Lindt

This one is a no-brainer. Find your nearest Lindt Chocolate Studio and get your hands on all the different types of chocolate that you know your Valentine loves, throw them into a gift bag or wrap them and voilà – a sweet Valentine’s Day gift is ready! You can either create your own “lucky packet” from choosing a selection of decadent chocolates in the many different flavours, or you can take your pick from the boxes they have ready and waiting. The LINDOR Strawberries & Cream chocolates look just divine and nothing says “I love you” like a LINDOR Heart Tin filled with choccies.

There’s Loads Of Stuff At Woolies

We all know and love Woolies, and they’re always there when we need them, especially on Valentine’s Day when we have NO gift in hand for our special someone! Here, you can pick up a bouquet of flowers (if they haven’t all sold out yet), grab a box of chocolates or a few sweet treats, pick out the best bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe even get your hands on his or her favourite fragrance and shop for some sexy lingerie. There are so many options to choose from. And if all else fails, there’s always a Woolies voucher or a homemade dinner for two, thanks to all the goodies at Woolies Food.

Something Cheesy From The Crazy Store

You wouldn't associate The Crazy Store with Valentine's Day, but here we are! And to think about it, they have quite a few cute and cheesy Valentine's Day goodies to put a smile on your sweetheart's face. Let's be honest, if there's one day you can be cheesy, it's definitely on Valentine's Day. Best of all, their gift ideas won't bust your budget. They have cute little things from helium foil balloons, plushy toys and lovey dovey mugs to novelty voucher booklets, wooden plaques with sweet messages on them and heart-shaped candy.

Pamper Treats From The Body Shop

Whether you’re looking for something for the special lady in your life, the man of your dreams, a little something for friends and family, or need something to throw together a glamorous look for your hot date this Valentine’s Day, The Body Shop will have just the thing. Everyone loves a little pampering here and there, and this is a great place to stock up on all the good stuff. Take your pick from bath and body goodies, skincare items, beautiful gift sets, fresh fragrances and much more.

Get That Feeling With Sorbet

Speaking of pampering, you can also treat your loved one to something special from Sorbet. Get them a gift card for a massage or Dry Bar session, get your hands on a bunch of lovely products or choose a pretty gift set. Here, you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Just pop into your nearest store. Luckily, you can find one almost everywhere you go. And for him, why not gift him with a pamper session at Sorbet Man! There's also a nice selection of products if he's into that sort of thing.

Get Your Spoils At Edgars Beauty

Edgars is your one-stop for all things makeup, skincare, fragrance, nails, brands and gift sets. And to make your last-minute gift shopping even easier, they also offer free signature gift wrapping. Crisis averted! For her, take your pick from fragrance and skincare treats that you know she’ll love. And for him, there’s everything from Nivea and Tom Ford to Aramis and Givenchy gift sets available.

Gift Ideas For The Outdoor Lovers

If your partner is more into the outdoorsy stuff, then why not get them a quick gift from Cape Union Mart. They have a bunch of fab gifting ideas for him and her. “Like what?” you might wonder… well, let’s share a few ideas with you. Gifts for him: Hydroflask coffee mug, a Red-E RSP80 Power Bank, a GoPro Hero 5 and a Zartek ZA-748 Two Way Radio. And for her: Volcano Motion Bluetooth headphones, the Victorinox Cape Protea tool or Sunski Originals sunglasses. The options are endless.

When In Doubt, Check Out Gift Experience South Africa!

There's no better gift than giving someone an experience of a lifetime, and there's no better place to find those than at Gift Experience South Africa. No matter where you are in South Africa, you'll find something fun, exciting, thrilling or even relaxing for that special someone. What can you expect? Well, you can spend some quality time together making chocolate truffles in Muldersdrift, indulge a little with a chocolate and champagne pairing or spend an afternoon quad biking out in Parys. Visit Gift Experience South Africa to see what else they have to offer.

Spoil Your Bookworm With Exclusive Books

Another idea if your partner is a little bit of a bookworm, get them their favourite book for Valentine's Day from the best book stop of them all - Exclusive Books! Make it a romance since it IS Valentine's Day (they have plenty of those). And if you're not too sure if he/she is the romantic novel type or if they enjoy the thrills that a gripping mystery offers, then there's always the option of getting them a gift voucher, which leads us into our next gifting idea...

Just Go Crazy On Vouchers!

You can’t go wrong with vouchers! And best of all, you can find them absolutely anywhere and everywhere. Sure, it might be a little less personal, but as long as you get the right store voucher, at least some thought went into it. If she likes clothes shopping, get her an Edgars, Woolworths, Truworths or YDE voucher. If he enjoys gaming, visit BT Games or Steam and buy him some new games.

The Old Faithful - NetFlorist

We will admit, this one is pretty cliche, BUT it works! NetFlorist has a variety of Valentine's Day gift sets that'll be delivered to your sweetheart, no matter where she or he is. She could be on a business trip in Durban and you can still spoil her with something sweet. Click here to take a look at all the Valentine's goodies they have lined up, pick your favourite, enter all their details, pull out that credit card, pay and BOOM. Done. As easy as that. See, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be difficult.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Who Are They?

Auckland Park Florist is a premier florist, making handcrafted custom flower bouquets and arrangements, and offering fresh flower delivery in and around Melville.

What Do They Offer?

Bouquets for all occasions:

Where Are They Located?

61 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

Auckland Park Florist flower arrangements and bouquets

Safety Precautions In Place?

Their staff sanitise, wear masks and gloves.

Do They Deliver?

Yes.

For More Information

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Details: 011 726 2116 | [email protected]

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The Multiflora Flower Market has brought Joburg flower lovers the very best blooms since 1944. Starting out as a small business on Jeppe Street, Multiflora flourished into the booming market place it is today. Now located in City Deep, this is one of the most affordable places in the city to get your hands on beautiful bouquets, flower arrangements and wedding decor.

Multiflora is first and foremost an auction house for flower traders. Auctions take place daily, bringing in over 600 flower growers and 400 florists. However, Multiflora is also open to the public. The downstairs Flower Hall showcases 16 floral stores, each of which sell to the public. Here you can order wedding bouquets, celebration wreaths, party arrangements or simply a special bunch of flowers for the one you love. There is also an array of unique pot plants and indigenous plants for purchase. Believe us when we say that the smell here is amazing!

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Sandy's Floral Academy

Have you ever wanted to learn how to arrange your own flowers? Then look no further than Multiflora. Many of their Flower Hall stores offer weekend courses, but if you are looking to make a career change or start up a hobby, Sandy's Floral Academy is for you, training aspiring florists in arrangement, business planning and events management. Floristry is an incredibly rewarding career as you'll get to put smiles on people's faces every day with your marvelous creations!

Grandiflora

Imagine a place where you can find wedding decor, party favours, Christmas decorations and gifts, bath goodies and candles. That's precisely what Grandiflora is, a one-stop shop for every occasion. While this store is not the most affordable decor store in the city, it offers more variety than most. Plus, in terms of convenience Grandiflora is the place to shop. You may want to stop by Cafe Dulce in the Flower Hall beforehand to fuel up. This is nothing short of a marathon shopping expedition, especially for brides to be. So, make sure to bring your bridal party along to help push all the shopping carts!

Bridal Boutique

Speaking of bridal parties, Multiflora also houses Marbella de Marieé bridal boutique just outside the Grandiflora main entrance. If you have the stamina after all that decor hunting, pop into this store to see their collection of local and imported gowns. Marbella believes that every bride should have the perfect 'big day', stocking wedding dresses and veils, shoes and jewellery. They also know that every bride has her own sense of style and will do their utmost best to reflect your personality in your dress, shoes and accessories.

So, there you have it brides. Get your flowers, decor and dress sorted at Multiflora!

For More Information

Visit their website for more information.

Details: Cnr of Vickers Rd and Fig Place, City Deep, Johannesburg | (011) 613-4011 | [email protected]

What Is It?

You could easily be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled into the last century when visiting this magnificent garden, designed by Tim and Liz Steyn. All you need to do is take your friends and family and enjoy this aesthetically pleasing garden, and if you are big on taking snaps for the 'Gram, then be sure to join in. Aren't we all just grateful that winter has finally passed and we can finally experience the city for its beauty and in this beautiful weather. Click here to plan your trip: https://www.thegardener.co.za/johannesburg-garden-club/.

When Is It?

Saturday, 05 October 2019 - Sunday, 06 October 2019.

Where Is It?

34 Pallinghurst Road, Westcliff, Randburg, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R50 per person.

For More Information

Visit this website or this Facebook page for more information on this event.

Flowers Are Always A Win

This is at the top of our list as it's a given. Show your appreciation for everything they do for you with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Who doesn't like receiving flowers to brighten up their day? Head over to NetFlorist to see their collection of Secretary's Day gifts. There are a variety of options to choose from, and best of all, you can add a few little things to the delivery to make it extra special.

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Or How About An Edible Bouquet? 

Flowers not really their thing? Then why not get an Edible Bouquet delivered? This takes a unique spin on the traditional flowers, delivering stunning handcrafted arrangements of gourmet fruit dipped in chocolate or fruity bouquets that look just like flowers. It's definitely something rather unique... and delicious! Visit their website to view their array of sweet treats. They even have sugar-free options.

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Pamper Sessions

Secretaries work under a lot of pressure, and it can be quite stressful keeping everything in order. How about treating them to a pamper session to help them de-stress, unwind and relax a little (especially after month end)? There's always the old faithful Sorbet Man or Sorbet that offers a variety of pamper delights. Take your pick from a selection of treatments, ranging from shaves, hair cuts, massages, facials, manis and pedis to waxing, products and vouchers.

Personalised Stationery

You can never go wrong with some personalised stationery! Personalised notebooks, mugs, pencil bags, journals, mouse pads, laptop accessories and stationery sets are available at NetFlorist. Simply select which goodies you'd like to gift, add their name to the products and you're all set. Who doesn't like personalised stuff that has their name on it?

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Nifty & Cool Gadgets

We're living in the day and age where gadgets have become a part of our everyday lives. So, why not spoil your secretary with the gift of nifty gadgets and tech accessories? This can range from power banks and phone covers, to personalised USBs, pop sockets, a desk fridge to keep their refreshments cool and much more. Visit NetFlorist to take a look at their selection of interesting tech gadgets for the 21st century secretary.

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Build A Hamper Of Their Favourite Things

You work closely with your secretary on a daily basis. So surely you know quite a bit about them, like the things that they do or don't like or wish they had more of. So, why not go on a little shopping spree, pick up a few of their favourite things and create a personalised hamper just for them? It's one of the easiest and most thoughtful gifts you could ever give. Buy a desk organiser (that they can use at the office) then jam-pack it with a few of their faves - wine/brandy/whiskey/beer, a selection of snacks, stationery, gadgets and power banks, quirky items and coffee or tea goodies. Get creative. If you can't think of anything amazing, NetFlorist has a selection of hampers to choose from.

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Chocolate!

What goes well with flowers? A box of chocolates, of course! Chocolates are another winner and Geldhof has a lovely selection in spirit of Secretary's Day. Take your pick from basketed hampers filled with indulgences, beautifully wrapped gift and keepsake boxes or a variety of assorted chocolates. Also, if you need sugar-free options, they'll gladly assist in store.

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Vouchers 

Lastly, if in doubt, get vouchers for them to spend on something they'll enjoy. We know vouchers can be seen as a lazy gift option, but it gives them the freedom to pick something that they would like as the perfect gift. Vouchers are also available everywhere and anywhere. Great options include spa vouchers,

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What Is It?

If you know you are a huge fan of roses and their beauty make sure you are at this event as they will be showing some of the most beautiful roses you have ever seen. In addition, this is your chance to come show your roses or just come and admire the roses. It'll be refreshing we promise, try something new, who know it might be just what you're into.

When Is It?

Friday, 04 October 2019 - Saturday, 05 October 2019.

Where Is It?

Morningside Shopping Centre, Corner Rivonia Road. & Outspan Road, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not communicated.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page or email [email protected] for more information on this event.

What Is It?

The Johannesburg International Flower Show is about to bring joy to Jozi with this beautiful flower show.

They are calling everyone who loves nature, sculpting and landscaping to come and enjoy the diversity of this show.

You don't want to miss this.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - Sunday, 03 November 2019.

Wed & Thurs: 10:00  - 19:00.

Fri & Sat: 10:00 - 21:00.

Sun: 10:00 - 18:00.

Where Is It?

Waterfall City, Mall of Africa, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R75 - R195 per person, get your ticket here.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

I've always wanted to have a house with a ginormous tree in my secret garden; where I could sit and enjoy my assortment of teas and read a good romantic novel. I share this because it came to me like an epiphany when I first paid a visit to these breathtaking botanicals that are somewhat the reality of what I had envisioned (well! at least at a smaller scale).

Today, we take a detour to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden and the Johannesburg Botanical Garden. Jozi's most beautiful spots to visit with the family or a romantic picnic or just peaceful surrounding or anything really. I think you get the picture.

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Photo by Shane Wilken

Walter Sisulu Botanical

Having given it the nickname "Eden", you can only imagine the beauty that this botanical bestows upon our fellow South African's and tourists.

Situated in the Wild West of Joburg, this amazing garden sits in Roodepoort, and is definitely worth visiting. You will feel like you are outside Joburg, it is like a world of its own - so you are left without excuse but to feel revitalised.

Botanical Garden

Those who are regulars will tell you about the amazing events that take place at Walter Sisulu Botanical; this includes a super awesome night market with amazing stalls and food to explore. It has ample potential than being boxed into being an average garden, also boasting with a super waterfall about 70 metres high and surrounded by beautiful greens here and there.

There is a lot to do besides having a picnic, the garden is diverse with trail walk areas, restaurant, bird and butterfly gardens and more.

Things to look forward to:

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Johannesburg Botanical Garden

Better known to Joburgers as Emmarentia, this amazing Botanical hides its awesomeness really well until you get there and are knocked out by its beauty.

Tons of families flock to this spot on weekends, and some as far as Soweto come here to enjoy time out during the public holidays. This garden attracts many who want to see its beauty that has traveled into the mouths of many who can't stop talking about it.

Botanical Garden

This does not surprise us at all because the botanical is filled with diversity from a Chapel Garden (known as one of the cheapest wedding venues around) to the Shakespearean Garden that is filled with awesome herbs such lavender, marjoram, chamomile and mint. Not only that but this spot also boasts with a rose garden filled with over 10 000 roses.

One of my favourites has to be the Library, the library has well over a 1 000 books.

Which botanical to choose?

I say, both - these awesome botanical gardens offer something unique to its own and well! what's the worst that can happen? You get to see double the beauty.

There's A Few Foodie Delights

Whether you're looking for a lovely spot to enjoy some afternoon tea or looking to start off your day with a hearty breakfast, Lifestyle Garden Centre has a few spot to choose from. In the mood for some Moroccan, then be sure to stop by the Moroccan Lifestyle Cafe (the quiches are wonderful, as well as the Lemon Meringue). Want to enjoy the greenery and sunshine? Head to the Silver Birch Restaurant, the perfect spot for breakfast and afternoon tea.

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There's Something For The Kids

This is a great spot to hang out with the family. Not only will you and the kids enjoy a taking a stroll through the Lifestyle Garden Centre admiring the flowers and exploring, but there's also a kiddies play area for the little ones to enjoy. There's fun rides from hopping aboard a little train to rotating swings. And best of all, the play area is closed to the Silver Birch Restaurant, so you can keep an eye on the kids while they blow off some steam. There's also a Reader's Warehouse jam-packed with books for the kids to check out and page through.

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Obviously, Plants for Africa!

Lifestyle Garden Centre offers absolutely everything you need to turn your garden into a blossoming haven! There are plants, absolutely everywhere, from trees and flowers to garden decor, accessories and tools. And if you head into the DIY section indoors, you can get your hands on hardware gadgets from Mica, garden furniture, fertilizer and bone meal, plant pots, pet goodies and much more. It's also a great spot to get some inspiration if you're thinking or redoing your garden.

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Stunning Garden Shows For Inspiration

Speaking of garden inspiration, Lifestyle Garden Centre hosts a number of garden shows for your viewing pleasure throughout the year. At the moment, they have their 2019 Lifestyle Garden Design Show, which is a celebration of French garden influences and French spaces. Be transports to beautiful France while strolling through the various designs that includes 1400's Renaissance styles, modern expression, classical French formal vista, and rooftop apartment chic. This show is on from 16 February - 31 May 2019 and entry is FREE. Click here to find out more about this show.

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Gardening Specials!

During the 2019 Lifestyle Garden Design Show, Lifestyle will also be offering some amazing gardening deals to get your garden spruced up without busting your budget. Take your pick from their Buy 3 Pay 2 items, add some Autumn Colour to your garden, stock up on a few edibles such as herb and vegetable plants, decorate your home with a some house plants or bring your grass back to life with bundles of landscape grasses. These specials are available until 07 May 2019 while stocks last, so hurry!

There's a Gourmet Market

Have a love for all things deli? Then make sure you pop in at the Gourmet Market to pick up a few delights to take home with you. This is a one-stop gourmet  spot that offers visitors and foodies only the best in locally-produced items, such as oils and vinegar, breads, cheese, pestos, organic veggies, free-range eggs, olives, nuts, reductions, the works! There's also a few treats to nibble on along the way.

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Two Words... West Pack!

On the other side of the indoor gardening and hardware tools and accessories is West Pack Lifestyle! This is the place to be if you are looking to stock up on tupperware, storage containers, lunch boxes, recycle bins and refuse bags, pet cushions and transporters, glassware, kids toys - the list goes on and on. Basically, you can get everything storage and plastic wise (reusable, of course) here, all under one roof. But a fair warning, you'll spend most of your afternoon strolling down the aisles, there's just so much to see!

There's An Art Gallery Too

After sorting out all your garden needs and enjoying an afternoon tea at the Silver Birch Restaurant, why not take a stroll through the Lifestyle Art Gallery and suss out some stunning pieces of art created by talented local artists? It's the perfect spot if you're looking to find that unique piece to bring life to your home or simply for a little creative inspiration. There's everything from landscapes and florals to portraits, abstract and still life artworks.

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For More Information

For more information about Lifestyle Garden Centre, visit their website at lifestyle.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 792 5616.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, specials and events.

What Is It?

Personally, Autumn is my favourite season in the year. The leaves changing and the warm colours of nature... It's just beautiful! So the Autumn Garden Show from Herb Tours is right up my alley. Take a tour through the spiral labyrinth garden and participate in the talks and demos from industry specialists. You'll also have the opportunity to buy plants, crafts and gardening goodies on sale on the day. You can also stop for some of lunch, a botanical gin or a cup of tea in the enchanting and relaxed setting. This is not be missed for all those who fancy themselves to have green thumbs.

When Is It?

Friday, 5 April 2019 from 09:00

Where Is It?

The Herb Farm, 264 Summit Road, Blue Hills, Midrand, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R10 - R70 per person and can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information visit Webtickets

What Is It?

The Free State Madeira Flower Festival is for people who love everything to do with flowers and florals. It will be a weekend filled with hundreds of thousands of flowers, exquisite floats,  performers as well as giant flower puppets performing around a spectacular flower precinct in a Disney-like flower story. Last year's festival wowed guests as they celebrated the lives of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu on their centenary. This year, Madeiran flower artists will yet again create breathtaking flower carpets for all to enjoy. The festival has a host of activities that cater for everyone, so don't miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Sunday, 01 December 2019. 

Where Is It?

Parys, Free State, South Africa.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For More Information? 

For more information visit the Free State Flower Festival website. You can also follow them on Facebook for event updates.

Details: +27 (0) 51 404 0300 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Well then, if you are planning to be a person surrounded by flowers this is the right place to be just for that. Join in on the Spring Plant Sale at Garden of St. Christopher. Giving you a selection on their favourites both from their nursery and from all their favourite suppliers. Pretty pre-planted pots to take home, roses, hedging, perennials and other bedding plants. There will be coffees to purchase as well. Walks and demonstrations, planting plans and much more.

When Is It?

Sunday, 07 October 2018 at 09:00 - 13:00.

Where Is It?

Gardens of St Christopher, 82 9th Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

R50 per person, includes entrance and a glass of Bucks Fizz.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page or this website for more information.

What Is It?

A Blooming Affair is a yearly garden and craft market day held in Roedean’s beautiful gardens. The school turns into a beautiful craft market where you can enjoy scrumptious food, treat yourself to quality goods and enjoy an exclusive tour of the gardens. One of South Africa’s top film critics, Mr Digby Ricci, will also be giving a talk. A great day out for families and friends alike, do not miss out on this event.
The proceeds from this event will be donated to the Roedean Academy as well as a percentage to the The Link @Yeoville’s Literacy programme.

When Is It?

Saturday 6 October 2018 at 09:00

Where Is It?

Roedean School, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R50 per person. There's also a R300 for a group of 10

For More Information?

For information visit the website.

Say "I Love You" With A Special Delivery

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful occasion to express how you feel about that special someone through romance, roses and tender feelings. But to be honest, we should never miss an opportunity to tell the people who matter that their happiness is important to us. Love needs to be celebrated now more than ever and we need to make a conscious decision to bring the feeling of love into our daily activities. A gift of fresh and fragrant flowers can brighten anyone's day and bring warm feelings to the heart while doubling as a shot of oxytocin.  This love chemical has the power to transform every relationship.

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The Valentine's Day flower delivery is a memorable moment that tells that special someone that you took the time and cared. In a busy day, it may be difficult to find time to visit a florist and pick flowers and an arrangement. With this in mind, SA Florist offers the convenience of online shopping and have prepared a lovely Valentine's Day gift range that is available for nationwide delivery.

Make this Valentine’s Day an occasion to remember and shop SA Florist’s Objects of Affection by clicking here.

And if you order before Friday, 09 February 2018, you'll get R100 OFF when you spend R600 or more.

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When Is Valentine’s Day?

In case you forgot, Valentine's Day is on Wednesday, 14 February 2018. So, make sure you place your order early!

How Do I Purchase An Order?

All orders can be placed directly online at www.saflorist.co.za. The entire ordering process is done on the website, as well as payment at the end of checkout by EFT, Snapscan or credit card.

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Happy shopping!

For More Information

For more information about SA Florist and orders, visit their website at www.saflorist.co.za, call them on 087 231 0319 or email [email protected].

You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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What Is It?

It's that time of year when all the flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, the weather is lovely and friends come together in spirit of the new season. So, to celebrate spring, why not enjoy Hot Dogs for Guide Dogs? The Gardens of St Christopher are excited to open their beautiful private garden to visitors for a good cause. You can expect Prosecco, Italian ice cream, coffee and hot dogs on the day. The SA Guide-Dogs puppies and dogs will be there to meet you.

When Is It?

Sunday, 08 October 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00.

Where Is It?

The Gardens of St Christopher, 82 9th Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It

Entrance costs R150 per person and includes entrance, Prosecco, Italian ice cream, coffee and a hot dog. There are limited tickets, so make sure you book online now.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.gardenofstchristopher.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

“My wife always said that if I opened a fourth eatery it would have to be called ‘Divorce’ or ‘The Singles Club’,” laughs Chef James Diack. “Instead, I’ve decided to call it Il Contadino, which means ‘the farmer’ in Italian and really embodies the spirit of our season-focused, farm-to-table style.”

Set to open in October 2017, Il Contadino will be nestled in the heart of Parktown North and will serve three farm-inspired meals a day. Its menu will be prepared as an ode to the rural or ‘peasant’ food from the Spanish, French and Italian countryside – some of James’ favourite places. Dishes will be fresh, simple and rustic: roast chicken, slow-cooked pork, charcuterie boards, salads, homemade pasta and pizza from the in-house wood-fired oven – all using seasonal ingredients.

It will also be James’ most sustainable restaurant to date, with the menu designed to be entirely supplied by the Diack’s family farm, Brightside in the Magaliesburg.

“All three of my restaurants offer something different – Coobs is refined dining, The National is a neighbourhood dining room away from home, and The Federal is our take on a NY-style dinner. But they all have one thing in common: seasonality,” says James. “Il Contadino will be the perfect spot for a morning coffee from the espresso bar, a light lunch or after-work drink.”

Over the last two years, James has worked exceptionally hard to become the go-to person for provenance. His restaurants have evolved to such an extent, that now 95% of everything on his menus comes off his family’s farm, Brightside. Il Contadino will be the first time James cracks the 100% mark.

Credit: the Joburg Foodie

As usual, the wine list will be an extensive catalogue of boutique wine farms and those that share Diack’s passion for bespoke offerings including Garajeest, Blackwater, Beaumont and Alheit. Oh, and Aperol Spritz on tap.

The 133m2 restaurant, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue in Parktown North, will seat 90 and provide indoor and outdoor seating. The interior design and décor process will once again be spearheaded by Janet Diack, James’ mother and farmer at Brightside Farm, so expect reclaimed and refurbished items that extend the farm-to-table concept from the plates to the walls, floors and furnishings.

Brightside Farm, in the Magaliesburg, is the Diack’s family farm and where James grew up. Janet is passionate about farming and supplying the restaurants – what they can’t grow themselves they source from suppliers who share their passion for provenance. The gardens are as beautiful as they are functional. Flowers abound, and they are all edible. Apart from the large main gardens you will find smaller gardens, situated to provide the right conditions for some of the specialty plants. All the gardens feature benches, stone paths, ponds or sculptures with rambling plants like peas, beans and tomatoes climbing up willow woven structures. The gardens supply all three restaurants with herbs, vegetables and fruit – it even makes its own ricotta. The farm also supplies Diack’s now legendary acorn-fed wild boar, lamb, duck and the occasional pigeon or guinea fowl.

It will also be friendly to the pocket, “I’m trying to build a restaurant that’s going to fit into where our economy’s going, so it’s not going to be expensive. I’m trying to keep prices down and keep things casual in every aspect: simple glassware, enamel plates, dishcloths for napkins. It’s going be fun and rustic, but not kitsch.”

 

Clanwilliam – Western Cape

Two and a half hours from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town is the sleepy town of Clanwilliam. This town in the Cederberg comes to life during the change of season, boasting magnificent flora and fauna that needs to be seen in person – no picture does this beautiful bloom justice. Along with the springtime bloom comes the annual Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show hosted at the historic Blomkerk (flower church).

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Namaqualand – Northern Cape

For a flower kaleidoscope adventure like no other, don’t miss the spring bloom in Namaqualand. This phenomenon is absolutely breathtaking, turning a dusty, plain semi-desert into a colourful extravaganza of flora and fauna. There are over 4 000 different plant species within the area, which means each and every year between July and October, there’s always a different selection and pattern of colour to delight the eye. There’s also the Namaqualand Flower Route that you can explore that’ll take you through Namaqua National Park, the West Coast National Park, Langebaan and the Sandveld. Book your four-day, five-day or six-day flower tour ASAP! It books out quickly.

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Ludwig’s Roses – Gauteng

If you have a love for roses, then you just have to visit Ludwig's Roses out in Pretoria. This farm is the largest rose grower in the country and has been around for almost 40 years. So, when it comes to all things roses, they certainly are the specialists. Expect a day out in the country surrounded by loads of beautiful roses of all sizes and colours, enjoying the sweet floral smell in the air and getting plenty of sunshine. After admiring these stunning flowers, you can head to the Rose Kitchen for a refreshing drink or bite to eat. You can literally take some time to stop and smell the roses at this lovely location.

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Darling – Western Cape

Annually, over the third weekend of September, Darling (about two hours away from Cape Town) celebrates the springtime bloom of floral beauty with the Darling Wildflower Show. So, if you happen to be in the area during this special time, make sure you head to this celebration. It is one of the oldest shows in the Western Cape and offers a fantastic day trip or weekend break. Not only will you get the opportunity to view all of the pretty wild flowers popping up here, there and everywhere, but you'll also be able to check out the local art galleries filled with wonderful artworks and grab a revitalising cuppa at Tannie Evita's coffee shop.

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Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve – Eastern Cape

Spring is the perfect time to get out and about and do a little exploring and reconnecting with the outdoors. Feel like reconnecting with nature while enjoying the lovely sights of flowers all around you? Then you have to visit the Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve in Port Elizabeth. The reserve's main focus is to preserve indigenous flora, and guests can spend an afternoon exploring the area and discovering hundreds of different, vibrant, beautiful and unique plant species including fynbos, succulents and the ever-popular national flower, the protea. And to make this experience even better, entrance to the reserve is FREE. Who ever said all the good things in life aren't free?

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Kroonstad – Free State

If you're travelling between Bloemfontein and Joburg along the N1 between September and October, then you'll have the chance to experience the golden fields of Kroonstad. During this time, loads of sunflowers will be in bloom, making it one of the prettiest and happiest spots in the country. You won't be able to resist smiling back at all the beautiful golden faces. Also, you don't need to stress about whether or not you'll be able to see the flowers or if you'll miss them en route, as they can all be seen from the highway. This definitely gives the Golden Highway a new meaning.

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Cosmos Country – Mpumalanga

You know summer has arrived when the cosmos starts to pop up all over the place. You find it out in the North West, you find it in Gauteng, you find it practically everywhere. But to see the most cosmos you've ever seen in your life, you need to make your way to Cosmos Country, situated in southwest Mpumalanga. Late summer is cosmos season, so expect to see fields (more like seas) of purple, pink and white in the area – it will definitely be one of the most beautiful things you'll ever see.

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The Tankwa Karoo National Park – Western Cape

For more yellow flowers, the Tankwa Karoo National Park is one of the best spots for a beautiful and vibrant display of flowering bushes. The best time to see the stunning views from Die Spruit is during August, but if you hurry you'll be able to catch it until early September before it starts to fade. There's nothing more uplifting and beautiful than miles of yellow grandeur. There is a small entrance fee to the national park, but the sights are totally worth every cent.

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Build A Special Hamper Just For Her

How about getting your special superwoman a little bit of everything this Women’s Day? You know her best, so head over to the Gift Lady online and custom create a hamper with all the bits and pieces you know she will just love. Simply select the ‘create-a-hamper’ option, browse through their variety of hamper goodies for her – which includes everything from a Wonder Woman Mug, purses and bath salts to journals, beauty kits and even an inflatable crown – then select your packaging, pay and you’re done!

The Gift Lady also offers flowers, wine and bubbly, gourmet snacks, chocolates and sweets, as well as pamper hampers ideal for any occasion. And best of all, they courier your hampers nationwide for just R69. To ensure your gift arrives on time, order in advance.

Details: www.giftlady.co.za | 0861 100 800 | [email protected]

You Can Never Go Wrong With Flowers…

How about the most beautiful bouquet of flowers for the most beautiful woman in your life? You can’t go wrong with a stunning arrangement of blooms, but if you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to bouquets, then make sure you place an order with Bespoke Bouquet. This online florist in Joburg specialises in long-stem roses sourced directly from rose farms, ensuring that their flowers are fresh and of high quality. Their floral designs are unique and on-trend and are created especially for discerning customers. Take your pick from arrangements such as the Lady in Red, Adorable, Sunshine and Inspiration.

Before your order is sent out to that special someone, you'll get a picture of it to approve. How cool? You’ll get 5% off your first order. Delivery is free in JHB North, and delivery to JHB East, West and South and Pretoria, Centurion and Midrand is R149 (next working day delivery).

Details: www.bespokebouquet.co.za | 082 439 7110 or 011 883 1969 | [email protected] | Sandton

… Or A Spa Day

There is nothing more pampering and relaxing than a day at the spa, so why not treat that superwoman to a treatment or two? There are plenty of spas around the city that offer an array of packages that’ll make the ideal gift if your special lady loves being pampered. Head to Aronia Day Spa in Houghton or The Fairway Spa in Randburg, just to name a few. From a variety of massages and facials to manicures and pedicures, there’s something she’s bound to love. Click here to find the perfect Women's Month spa package for her.

Who Says No To A Delicious Treat?

For a twist on the traditional floral bouquet, get her something delicious and stunning from Edible Bouquets. Just imagine the look on her face when you surprise her with a confection indulgence like no other: fresh fruit coated in decadent Belgian chocolate, arranged in a stunning bouquet that’s sure to turn heads. Delivery is available in the greater Joburg and Pretoria areas, but ensure you get your order 24 hours before as there’s no same-day delivery.

How About A Personalised Piece Of Jewellery?

There’s always more meaning behind a personalised present, so why not spoil her with the gift of a personalised piece of jewellery? Charis Jewelry creates unique personalised jewellery items ranging from name necklaces, rings and engraved jewellery to name and photo links, bracelets, floating lockets and much more. They deliver nationwide at an additional cost of R59. All you have to do is decide on a design that’ll best suit your special lady, choose whether you’d like it in silver, gold or rose gold, pay at the click of a button, and you’re all set!

Details: www.charisjewelry.co.za | (043) 748 1409 | [email protected]

Or Starting Her Pandora Collection?

Have you seen how stunning the Pandora bracelets are? And what’s amazing and unique about this brand is the fact that you can completely personalise the charms that are added to the bracelets themselves! You can focus the bracelet entirely around the person – from the selection of dangle charms, charms with stones, floating lockets, charm spacers, birthstone and star sign charms – the options are endless! You can either shop online at www.pandoraonline.co.za or take a trip to your closest Pandora store.

Pamper Her With Beauty Treats

Ladies love to be spoilt with items that make them feel special and pampered, so why not get your hands on a collection of body treats? From moisturising, anti-ageing and smoothing, to plumping, correcting and firming, there is always something that special lady would love to add to her skincare regime. The Body Shop has a lovely range of soaps, moisturisers, shampoos, conditioners and body lotions – the works – and they all smell amazing!

And Then There’s Jo Malone!

The World Of Jo Malone will certainly have the perfect fragrance to delight the special ladies in your life, be it mom, sister, girlfriend, grandma – heck, maybe even yourself! From scented luxury candles that look just as beautiful as they smell (Pomegranate Noir!) to scent diffusers for her home, to colognes and gift sets, you’re bound to find something special to match her style and personality. And since a fragrance is a personal statement, you can even explore the possibility of fragrance combining to find that perfect scent.

Who Is Petals Gourmet Flowers?

Petals Gourmet Flowers is a small home-based florist that opened its doors in April 2016. Specialising in branded flower arrangements for gifting or events, Petals Gourmet Flowers provides customers with only the best floral bouquets that will surely delight loved ones and guests.

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Instead of the more predictable bouquet of flowers, Petals Gourmet Flowers present their arrangements in boxes and bags (hatboxes  square and rectangles too), filled with fresh, fragrant, and beautiful flowers, beautifully packaged with great attention to detail.

Petals Gourmet Flowers

What makes them different to most florists is the fact that they use actual flowers of exclusive varieties and hardly any fillers based on client requests (they can even forgo fillers entirely if that's what you're after). They also offer a quick turnaround time, perfect for those last-minute requests because sometimes ideas strike too late...but why compromise on the romance? Petals Gourmet Flowers is an exclusive gifting destination if you’re looking for something unique for a special occasion.

As an added bonus, if you’re trying to replicate a much-loved picture or want to design your own arrangement, contact them today. They can turn any of your floral dreams into a sweet-scented reality.

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How To Order

It couldn't be easier! To order your beautiful floral arrangement for that special someone (or maybe you are that special someone... #treatyoself), you can contact Petals Gourmet Flowers by calling 081 040 0764 or by emailing [email protected]. You can also contact them on their social media pages (details below).

There are a number of different arrangement and styles for you to choose from, and they will cater to your requirements. For pricing inquiries, contact them directly as flowers are unpredictable and seasonal.

For More Information

For more information about Petals Gourmet Flowers and what they have to offer, call them on 081 040 0764, or email them on i[email protected].

Also, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Florists

Bespoke Bouquet

From red roses for your engagement party, to yellow roses to say thank you to someone special, Bespoke Bouquet specializes in long-stem luxury roses. The Joburg based online florist is ready to provide for all your flower needs, with guaranteed customer satisfaction.

Details: [email protected] | (0)11 883 1969

Flora Niche

Offering a wide range of flowers, Flora Niche guarantees exceptional quality and freshness at the best prices. You can order your flowers from Flora Niche online and have them delivered the very same day, nationwide!

Details: [email protected] | ( 0)87 551 1430

In Motion Flowers

If you're looking for a flower bouquet for Mom or Dad, flower arrangements or flower baskets, your first stop should be In Motion Flowers. Whether it's roses or lilies you're looking for, you can get it here, along with hampers, gifts and yummy treats.

Details[email protected] | 086 197 7468

Bloomable

Bloomable (formerly SA Florist) pride themselves on connecting people looking to buy fresh flowers and beautiful gifts, to the actual artisans who create them. They deliver nationwide and offer same day delivery. Order the bouquet of your dreams at their online store. 

Details: [email protected] | 087 231 0319

Multiflora

Multiflora has great deals on stunning fresh flowers for everyone. You can buy flowers for any special event here.  Whether you're a private consumer or a florist interested in wholesale prices, there will be something to cater to your needs. Otherwise, simply become a buyer and learn how the auction system works.

Details: 1 Marjorie St, City Deep, Johannesburg | [email protected]| (011) 613-4011

Know of other great florists in Joburg not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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