The Garden Nursery

18 Apr, '08
The Garden Nursery

The Garden Nursery, originally uploaded by malyousif.

My friend Rami and I visited Anne Al-Jalahma’s "The Garden Nursery" this morning, despite the horrendous weather we are experiencing in Bahrain – thanks to the huge Iraqi sandstorm earlier in the week – the nursery itself was a sight for sore eyes and a replenishment for the soul.

It is the ONLY nursery in Bahrain that I felt is made and maintained by a gardener for gardeners. It really shows where the others are going wrong; for while the others are interested in "moving pots", ie, bulk sales with whatever the season throws at them, Anne’s garden is a well thought out collection of wonderful plants which she herself has propagated in Bahrain and have been tested in our own climate.

The gardeners working with her are also knowledgeable and give good advice as to where and how to place the plants once bought.

It is also one of two nurseries – the other being Jannusan Exotics – who actually bother to label every plant with common and scientific names. Anne’s; however, comes out on top once again as most of the plants not only have the clear labels, but pictures of the plants when mature and flowered. I am sure that if you take a picture of an obscure plant to her, she might even help you name it, as she did with a very tiny picture of a Clitoria I showed her on my mobile phone.

Overall, this is the best garden nursery in Bahrain, barring none, and should be the real refuge for all of us who are frustrated with the box movers.

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  1. Anwar Y Abdulrahman says:

    Where is it located ?

  2. mahmood says:

    Just by the Barbar temple. You turn in immediately after the BBK on the Budaiya highway and go all the way down. You won’t miss it. It will be on your right hand side just before the temple.

  3. arn00b says:

    I spent a lot of time in nurseries looking for names of plants such as loze. I couldn’t find out what the name is. Does anyone know?

  4. anne says:

    The botanical name for the Loze tree is Terminalia catappa

  5. mahmood says:

    Thanks Anne. Apart from wanting to learn French, I should also add to that list Latin and Greek!

  6. Barry says:

    The interesting thing about Terminalia is that the leaves are often sold to aquarists for making aquarium waters more acidic. This is particularly useful for river species from highly acidic tropical streams and rivers.

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