This is not your typical plant nursery. The JFF Rooftop Farm is situated atop an arts precinct in trendy Braamfontein. They offer an array of indigenous plants, succulents, herbs and indoor plants here, as well as a quaint coffee shop and tea garden for you to enjoy. Plus the view from their terrace is simply magnificent. But be warned, there is a winding ladder you have to climb to reach the rooftop. Don't say we didn't warn you! Visit JFF Rooftop Farm for first hand gardening advice, budget prices and a one-of-a-kind plant shopping experience.
Details: (Tel) 081 768 4827 | [email protected] | 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Anthony and Christine Schäffler have been at the helm of Schäfflers Nursery for 20 years. This family-run garden centre is one of our top spots to pick up herb and veggie planter trays. The staff at Schäfflers are always willing to offer their advice. If you are new to gardening, stop by here for expert tips and tricks on everything from growing your own veggie patch to complex landscaping. Oh, and don't forget to pop into their on-site garden cafe, Under The Trees. Here you will find wood-fired pizza, scrumptious cheesecake and beer on tap. What more could you ask for?
Details: (Tel) 011 786 0323 | [email protected] | 28 Johannesburg Rd, Kew, Johannesburg.
Moms and dads, are you in desperate need of some downtime from homeschooling and keeping the kids entertained at home? Bring them along to Simply Majestic Garden Centre in Lambton. While you browse around the nursery the little ones can play on fun rides or climb up the magical tree at the garden's edge. There is also a fantastic tea garden and restaurant here. Order a plate of their homemade scones with strawberry jam and fresh tea. You'll thank us later.
Details: (Tel) 011 827 7202 | [email protected] | 90 Webber Road, Lambton, Germiston.
We all need a break from the city every now and then. If you're after an escape from the hustle and bustle, take a 40-minute drive out to the Herb Farm Gardens in Midrand. While the nursery here is relatively small, their lush gardens will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time. Take a slow stroll through the lavender and rose gardens or meander through one of the intricate mazes to find all assortments of herbs you have never even heard of before. The Herb Farm Bistro serves up an excellent family-style Sunday lunch, so be sure to plan your trip over a weekend. It's the perfect mini-getaway.
Details: (Tel) 010 447 3517 | [email protected] | 264 Summit Rd, Blue Hills, Midrand, Gauteng.
Our final inclusion on this list of Joburg's most fabulous garden centres is undoubtedly one of the very best. Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery is situated out in Muldersdrift, offering its visitors a tranquil countryside experience. This garden centre is all about inspiring avid gardeners to plant more indigenous flora in their flower beds. From water-saving succulents, to rocky aloes and lush grasses, Random Harvest has all you need to transform your garden. Once you've done your shopping, visit the tea garden for al fresco dining and delicious eats. Random Harvest Nursery is a definite must-visit for all gardening enthusiasts, so make your way out there as soon as you can.
Details: (Tel) 082 553 0598 | [email protected]| Plot 57, Kontiki road., Muldersdrift, Gauteng.
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You don't have to be a green fingered garden enthusiast to enjoy a plant nursery. I often visit my local nursery simply to take in a breath of fresh air and enjoy nature. However after months of being cooped at home, I've felt the call to go out and explore a little further. Of course, we are still unable to leave the province, so a road trip is off the cards. So where could I go for a day out in the sunshine without leaving Gauteng? There are tons of places to explore in the city, but I was eager to venture out a tad bit further.
My dear mother who is an avid gardener suggested we pay a visit to her favourite garden centre out in Muldersdrift - Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery. I'd been here once before, but couldn't entirely remember what it was like. So I put on my face mask, packed up my hand sanitiser and set out on a mission to explore all that this indigenous plant centre has to offer. Here's what I found.
There is something truly magical about indigenous South African flora. While we may not have the pretty primroses of Northern rural England, our homegrown plants are magnificent in their own right. Stepping into Random Harvest Nursery I was immediately reminded of this.
Their retail nursery features a number of indigenous plant gardens and displays, showcasing just what our natural landscape has to offer. This garden-like setting aims to inspire gardeners to embrace indigenous plant-life by demonstrating its beauty. And it certainly works. Mom and I left with not one but a few new succulents to add to our rockery. Random Harvest's retail nursery also boasts a number of environmentally sustainable display gardens. Eco-conscious gardeners, make sure to stop by these gardens for awesome tips and tricks.
Random Harvest Nursery is full of wonderful surprises. During our visit we discovered that it is also a B&B! You can book an overnight stay at one of their 4-star cottages. Or spend a weekend away from the inner city hustle and bustle, enjoying the peace and tranquility of the gardens. Random Harvest's B&B is known for its hospitality and homely welcoming. Keep an eye on the nursery's Facebook page for updates on when they will be reopening under advanced level 3 lockdown.
There's nothing that I love more than a tea garden. Dining on tea and scones under the shade of a leafy tree is my idea of heaven. So you can imagine my joy at discovering Random Harvest's onsite tea garden! Sadly due to lockdown regulations, we weren't able to join them for a seated meal. But they are serving up tasty takeaways and ready-made meals, so do pop by if you can. Grab a cup of takeaway coffee and a few homemade biscuits to enjoy on your stroll around the gardens. There are benches located around the nursery for you to perch on as well. We'll definitely be back for a seated meal in the near future.
Visit www.randomharvest.co.za for more information.
Details: Plot 57, Kontiki road., Muldersdrift, Gauteng | (Tel) 082 553 0598 | [email protected]
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