With cooler temperatures just around the corner (I promise!), thoughts of long afternoons sipping lemonade in the garden dance in our heads – in a well manicured garden, that is. Here’s the low-down on where to get plants, trees, and everything you need to get your garden, balcony or home geared up for winter.
Dubai Garden Centre
Dubai Garden Centre is the mainstay of Dubai’s gardening scene. They carry both indoor and outdoor plants, a variety of pots, gardening and barbeque equipment, not to mention an in-house upholsterer, pet fish galore, and Dubai’s best frittata served up with a smile at the quaint Roseleaf Café.
How to get there: Located just north of the Mall of the Emirates on Sheikh Zayad Road.
Satwa Plant Shops
Take a stroll off of the beaten path and discover a taste of Old Dubai. Clustered along Al Hudaiba Road near the Iranian Hospital, the Satwa Plant Shops offer a variety of both indoor and outdoor plants at a fraction of what you’d pay at the bigger, mainstream shops. Looking to further brighten your home? There’s plenty of bird shops along the way if you fancy bringing home a new friend.
How to get there: From the Iranian Hospital, head east on Al Hudaiba Road. You will see the plant shops on your right.
Euro Coorg Landscaping Company in Al Sufouh
If you live in Dubai Marina, Emirates Living, or the surrounding areas, this shop is perfect for you. Euro Coorg carries everything from tiny bonsai plants to towering ficus trees at very affordable prices. They also offer garden lighting, pergolas, water features, irrigation systems, as well as rock gardens.
How to get there: Driving south on Sheikh Zayed Road, take the Hessa Street exit and drive west. Take the first right and the garden shop is in front of the old Emirates Coop Supermarket. Make a U-turn to get to the shop.
Hassan Akbar Garden Design in Jumeirah
Located behind Spinney’s Centre in Umm Suqueim, this shop boasts a wide variety of outdoor plants, trees, and pots. Not sure what to plant in your garden? Their staff can visit your home and help you decide. They offer delivery services as well.
How to get there: Go to the Spinneys Centre in Umm Suqeim (on Al Wasl and Umm Al Sheif Road). Drive down the road directly behind Spinneys (Street 4A) til you reach the garden shop located across from the Mosque.
Dubai Plant Souq (Warsan Plant Nurseries near Dragon Mart)
It’s a bit of a trek, but you won’t be disappointed by the Plant Souq, Dubai’s largest group of plant shops. The Souk offers plenty of variety – from olive trees to cactus to enormous painted vases and water features—and prices are just about as low as they go. Most places offer free delivery and are open to bargaining.
How to get there: Take the E44 (Al Awir Road) towards Hatta. Drive past Dragon Mart and at the next roundabout, turn right onto Academic City Road. Turn left at the next roundabout. Drive past the Municipal Plant Nurseries on your left. After the next roundabout, you will see the first of many nurseries.
Lucky Landscaping in Al Barsha
Don’t be deterred by the no-nonsense shop front of this hidden gem in Al Barsha. Favorited by gardeners in the area, Lucky Landscaping carries a huge variety of plants and trees and offers irrigation and design services, too. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
How to get there: Near Umm Suqueim and First Al Khail Street. Click here for further detail.
Ikea in Festival City
Surprised to see Ikea on this list? Our favorite Swedish phenomenon still manages to carry the cheapest houseplants around. So next time you’re shopping for a sofa or for a one dirham soft serve ice cream cone, don’t forget to visit Ikea’s plant section and load up on greenery for your home.
Good luck and happy planting, mamas!