The entrance off Sheikh Zayed Road will have a magnificent, glass Swift conservatory complete with stone floor.
To the left will be an exquisite show garden with paved courtyard, showcasing BBQ’s , as well as the Jamie Oliver wood fired ovens big and small.
Then your eyes will feast upon tree after tree towering as high as the shade cloth roof and beyond. The urban tree farm has been laid out by tree types for your ease and convenience.
You will first find Bonsai, Topiary and Cacti then Ornamentals and Succulents followed by Olive and Fruit trees, then row upon row of tall, mature Palms and other Trees.
Advanced palms such as the majestic Cuban Royals, Foxtails, Areca, Date, Coconut and Royal just to name a few.
You are confronted by ancient, thick trunked olive trees, gnarled, mature grapevines, you turn a corner and you are next to an orange grove.
Landscape supplies such as railway sleepers, bricks, boulders, rocks, marble, slat, lawn edges, wheelbarrows etc. are also displayed near the back and there is even a driveway and open gate at the back to provide an easy access loading bay for cars, trucks or utilities.
Danny Powell, General Manager of the Dubai Garden Centre explains “the extension was needed as the current store was too small for the increased product range we are now stocking and we wanted to satisfy the Customer demand for mature plants, landscaping supplies and large garden items such as fountains, lengthy Acacia wood tables, planted arches and obelisks as well as very, very big pots etc“.
The wooden tables are stunning, you could easily seat 20 people at one sitting but they really are objects of beautiful, natural wood.
There is a long wall running down one side of the extension and this has now become the ‘Wall of Fame’ which is sponsored by 7days newspaper and the Dubai Garden Centre. An idea to encourage local artists to display and sell their work, this wall will be available to artists ‘free of charge’ during the weekend and will start 1 December 2012.
Amongst the foliage will be Dave, a very big dinosaur that is happy to give rides to children without eating them.
The atmosphere is one of serenity and peace and as you walk through you can hear water falling from the many water features.
Stone tortoises, elephants and Buddha’s peak out from the foliage.
This expanse of luscious greenery has attracted local bird life and their happy whistles and chirping add to the already wonderful creation of the Dubai Garden Centre expansion.