Garden competition cash prizes up for grabs

Gardening can be a relaxing hobby as well as an effective way to relieve stress.

This year has been especially challenging for a lot of us on many levels, but as South Africans we are highly resilient and innovative to fight our way through adversity. Many of us said that the year 2020 was the year in which we would seek balance in our lives and I think gardening and getting closer to nature has certainly brought us closer to that ideal.

Gardening is a natural stress reliever and it has been the one activity that brought peace to our homes, mind and soul. Our vegetable gardens are thriving and the excitement to grow more is ever increasing. Never before have we had so much fun growing our own fresh vegetables.

To celebrate the joy of gardening, Starke Ayres Garden Centre Sunningdale is hosting its first Garden Competition.

This Competition is a great way to grow as a gardener. Just being in the competition can be rewarding. The Garden Competition exemplifies our commitment to gardeners and gardening in the greater Sunningdale area. Through a congenial “test of the best”; we aim to promote excellence in gardening, good horticultural practices, and a sense of pride in accomplishment.

There are 3 categories to enter: The best home garden, The best edible garden and The best potted balcony or patio garden.

See our website for entry details, competition rules, awards and prizes. Any questions can be sent to

According to the Christmas Countdown Clock there are only 5 Fridays left till Christmas! Don’t leave your Christmas shopping till the last minute. Our Christmas items are firm favourites and we can’t guarantee that the cheeky Santa you’re eyeing will be there next time you visit us. To avoid disappointment, get a jump start and buy everything in stages.

No one is ever disappointed to receive a Starke Ayres Garden Centre Gift Voucher! Who doesn’t like the freedom to get what they REALLY want? Slip it into a beautiful holiday card and add a personal touch with a sincere handwritten note. There you have it – The perfect Christmas gift!

* Starke Ayres Garden Centre gift vouchers are available and redeemable at both our branches.

Over the last 3 years our Jim Shore Collection has been firm favourites as collectable Christmas gifts and we are proud to have arguably the largest collection, from show-stopping Statues to Mini Figurines, from Santa Claus to Mickey Mouse, Jim Shore has something for everyone. It’s a tribute to Jim’s boundless creativity and unique ability to touch people in all walks of life through his art.

Skip the busy malls and stroll around our tranquil environment.

We’re the 1 Stop Shop! We have something for everyone plus all the elements you need to get your garden and home looking festive.

Earn 5% Cashback with every purchase when you sign up for our Loyalty club card and get all the up to date information on what can be done in the garden this month or follow us on Facebook with up to date news and information.

Pensioners earn 10% discount on Wednesdays at the Garden Centre and Pink Olive, so don’t miss out on that extra saving offered to our senior citizens.

More information is available online

Starke Ayres Garden Centre West Coast Village Shopping Centre, Sandown Road, Sunningdale, 021 554 8450/1, The Pink Olive 021 554 0535.

Martin Neethling is the manager at Starke Ayres Garden Centre West Coast Village.