The April meeting of the Gardening Club was a day trip to visit two nurseries, one of which has a wonderful garden attached to it.
The April meeting of the Gardening Club was a day trip to visit two nurseries, one of which has a wonderful garden attached to it. For the first time non-members also came along as there was space on the coach, so tickets were available to non-members at a basic ‘cost recovery’ rate whilst members travelled cheaper.
First stop was the Cepkan nursery on the Gokova/Marmaris junction where a knowledgeable young man called Ergun worked hard to find the exact plants we asked for. Cepkan are major providers of plants to landscapers on the Bodrum peninsula and along the coast as far as Fethiye. We visited their nursery where plant sales do not normally take place. If you want to buy from their impressive stock of imported and native plants/shrubs/trees you need to visit their plant sales centre another 7km towards Marmaris on the main road. Or go to their other Garden Centre at Yalikavak near Bodrum. They have recently completed a new nursery at Ortaca which we shall no doubt visit in due course.
Having filled half of the coach luggage space with Cepkan plants we proceeded to Koycegiz for a leisurely lunch break before continuing to the Palm Centre. Ragip, the owner, greeted us with an apology for the ‘state of the gardens’ as they had had a terrible winter, lost quite a few plants and had not yet finished preparing the gardens for their official seasonal opening date of 1st June. As usual we didn’t mind as, even when he thinks the gardens are in need of major attention, there is still so much to see. Over the winter they have been occupied with building a new plant sales centre on recently acquired land adjacent to the Palm Centre – and it is very impressive. So if you are passing through Koycegiz you can drive straight to the Plant Sales, parking outside, and buy plants without even entering the actual Palm Centre gardens.
On the way home we made a quick stop at the terracotta pots and antiques seller in Ortaca, and then we were back in Fethiye unloading reams of exotic plants on the pavement outside Migros. Another good day out with the Gardening Club.