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Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love". https://creativearts2009-picturefiles.blogspot.com/
Published July 27th 2016
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Vadoulis Garden Centre, welcome, plants
Welcome to Vadoulis Garden Centre - Photo by Allan


The Vadoulis Garden Centre appears to have everything - gifts, knitwear, jewellery, pots, outdoor furniture, a café and lots of plants! Situated at 560 Main North Road, Gawler, SA, the centre offers customer parking and is open 9 am to 5 pm seven days a week.

Vadoulis Garden Centre, Cafe, plants, garden
Vadoulis Garden Centre - Photo by Allan


When I visited Vadoulis, I discovered it was not just a garden centre, but a great place to meet friends and eat or spend the afternoon. The display starts in the car park, where a garden bench hangs from a tree. There is a sign warning not to sit on the bench. Outdoor dining settings, statues and little bridges also decorate the front of the store.

Vadoulis Garden Centre, Cafe,
Cafe seating - Photo by Allan


The Café has comfortable seating and is heated by gas to take the chill off during winter and mild spring days. The counter displays an excellent range of cakes, homemade scones and biscuits. They range from $2 for a huge cookie to $6.95 for exotic gourmet cakes served with fresh cream. Devonshire tea includes 2 scones served with jam and cream and coffee for $9.95.

Vadoulis Garden Centre, Cafe, cakes
Cake display - Photo by Allan


The all-day-breakfast ranges from toast, to scrambled eggs and bacon or pancakes. Prices vary. Starters include garlic bread, bowls of chips and soup. The soup was on special the day I visited and choices included minestrone and potato and bacon (yum)!

"Light meals" include focaccias, baguettes or wraps, with fillings and a salad; quiche or Turkish melts, also served with salad. (Prices $12.95-$14.95). "Main" meals range from smoked salmon stack for $22.95 through beef or chicken burgers $15.95 to home-style at lasagna or taco basket at $16.95.

There is a children's menu and also gelato!

Drinks include tea and coffee ($3.90), a limited range of soft drinks ($3.95), selected alcoholic drinks (from $6) and fun beverages like "spiders", smoothies and milkshakes ($5.95). I recommend reading their special board and table top notices because they might have something extra good that day.

Vadoulis Garden Centre, Plants, specials,
Plant hot specials - Photo by Allan


After dining in the Café, I took a better look at the plants. Plants ranged from ferns to cactus, herbs and flowers. Vadoulis were preparing for spring, so they had fresh rose bushes on display. Roses can be planted any time of year, but late the cooler weather is best. Traditionally, roses may be pruned in June-July in Australia, so are ready for sale in August-September. These bushes were taller and stronger than most, so they probably would cost a little more than a small bush, but would transplant well to any garden.

Vadoulis Garden Centre, Roses
New season roses - Photo by Allan


Vadoulis also had fruit trees in stock ready for spring. These trees included orange, lemon, apple and nectarine. I was especially impressed by the nectarine. This is a mildly exotic fruit I sometimes crave. It would be wonderful to have some of my own growing in my backyard. I feel I need to prepare an area first to ensure its success – my Myer Lemon isn't doing so well!

Vadoulis Garden Centre, fruit trees
Fruit trees ready for spring - Photo by Allan


Vadoulis also had healthy specimens of that great fence-liner, lavender in reasonably large plantlets and camellias showing their pretty variegated blossoms. And yes, they have everything else – mulches, fertiliser, sprays, seeds and tools. The centre is currently building a new display area, so some spaces are roped off for public safety. I am keen to return when the new area is finished!

Vadoulis Garden Centre, lavender
Silver box for sale - Photo by Allan


Vadoulis Garden Centre, gifts
Vadoulis Garden Centre gifts - Photo by Allan


References:
vadoulis.com.au/vadoulis-cafemenu.pdf
Fact Sheet: Rose Care, Gardening Australia, abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s972744.htm

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Phone: (08) 8522 3400
Where: 560 Main North Road, Gawler, SA
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I love Garden Centres and this one looks pretty special!
by Elaine (score: 3|6232) 1030 days ago
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