Now that the months are cooler in Dubai, it’s time to exercise your green thumb and revitalise your garden. For a lot of Emiratis and expats, the best place to shop for seasonal flowers and a few DIY landscaping tools is the Dubai Garden Centre (DGC).
Is a trip there worth it? Let’s just say that you probably haven’t seen a plant nursery like this one. Also lovingly referred to as the green Aladdin’s cave to Dubai, the nursery is a dream for horticulture enthusiasts — stocking everything from colourful creepers to fig trees, dry-weather-friendly bougainvillaea and even outdoor barbecue furnishings.
So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about the Dubai Garden Centre.
Where is the Dubai Garden Centre located?
DGC is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Quoz. If you wish to visit the place, refer to the following details:
- Dubai Garden Centre location: Sheikh Zayed Road, 4th Interchange – Dubai
- Dubai Garden Centre timings: 08:00 am to 10:00 pm (daily)
- Contact: +971-4-590-4333
Products and Services at the Dubai Garden Centre
Generally, the items offered at the Dubai Garden Centre can be categorised under plants, furnishings, garden ornaments and flowers. For example, the Flower Shop has everything from stunning bouquets of fresh flowers to elaborate floral displays for special occasions like weddings.
Plants and related products
The Dubai Garden Centre’s plant-based items include outdoor and indoor plants as well as a flower shop. And one of the first things that blows customers away is the variety of it all. For example, the outdoor flora section includes everything from small potted cactuses and succulents to indoor trees and water plants like the water hyacinth. Trees include international varieties like the Japanese Sago palm and the Adonidia Merrilii from Manila.
Those who wish to grow their own herbs can choose low maintenance items like Basil, Curry Leaves and Parsley. Other notable products include fruit trees, but these are subject to availability. With products priced from as little as AED 6 to AED 600, there is something for every budget too.
Pots and Accessories
From plastic to metal and GRC containers, the range of pots available at DGC is enough to satiate anyone’s aesthetic style and fit in any space — from a small office cubicle to a landscaped front lawn. Plastic pots are understandably the cheapest with the lowest one priced at AED 12. For customers who really want to take their outdoor spaces to the next level, there are metal planters. These can go for as much as AED 109, but it can be a small price to pay for the superb craftsmanship. For the best value, we recommend shopping for these items when they go on sale.
Additionally, the Garden Accessories category is particularly interesting for customers looking to add some glamour to their green spaces. These include everything from a meditating Buddha statue to garden gnomes and granite fountains.
DGC isn’t all about shrubs and planters. In addition to outdoor furnishings like sun loungers and garden chairs, the nursery also stocks cabinets, sofas and tables. Teak and hardwood furniture is selected from around the world, so you can be sure to find some unique pieces to add to your outdoor décor.
Apart from the above-mentioned product range, avid gardeners will appreciate the Dubai Garden Centre’s DIY range. This section has all the tools and accessories necessary for those who prefer to tend to their green spaces themselves. If you are looking for landscaping solutions, products including wood mulch, pebbles and even reclaimed railway sleepers are available at the Dubai Garden Centre. And for the professional touch, there is always the local landscaping team available to help you make the right choice.
BBQ and Outdoor living
The Dubai Garden Centre has a range of BBQ tools and grills to make any garden party a hit. Notable items include regular kettle grills, to products from notable brands like Weber.
Other notable services include the Carpentry workshop where customers can have anything fixed or have customised items made from scratch. Additionally, kids are welcome for school excursions.
Relax at the Roseleaf Café
Garden ornaments and plants aside, DGC is also famous for its in-house Roseleaf Café. There are also secondhand books from the House of Prose bookstore that customers can leaf through as they enjoy their chosen beverages and snacks. Main courses include hearty options like Mushroom Wellington and a soup special. Other nibbles at the Dubai Garden Centre cafe include sandwiches, salads, wraps, tortillas and frittatas. Those with a sweet tooth will also love the selection of homemade cakes, pastries and other freshly baked items on offer. Wash it all down with a selection of juice or hot coffee.
The Dubai Garden Centre holds regular workshops for kids. Previous events include kid-centric yoga sessions and a wooden lantern making workshop for Halloween. Upcoming events are updated on the DGC website, so keep visiting it for regular insights.
That’s all for our review of the Dubai Garden Centre. Looking for more beautiful green spaces in Dubai? After DGC, do visit the Dubai Miracle Garden. The Dubai Butterfly Garden lies right next to it — a perfect Instagrammable end to your visit. Of course, if you like to take the DIY route, you can start by growing your own vegetable garden in Dubai. If you plan on growing seasonal produce in the summer, make sure that you follow our tips for growing vegetables in the hot UAE summer.
Have you visited the Dubai Garden Centre? Let us know about your experience in the comments.
(Cover image credit: Dubai Garden Centre)