Our business "A Japanese Bonsai Nursery" is situated on the Far East Rand,
Gauteng, South Africa. Some 50 km from the Johannesburg International Airport now renamed
the O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Customers visit from all over South Africa since the new "Tonk Meter offramp" on the N17
toll road was built. The nursery is now only 18 km from the Dalpark Toll Plaza and Carnival
City. (See map and directions)
The name Jo-da is a acronym of the owners' first names John and Freda, which amazingly is a
name given to many companies internationally as found on the internet.
The nursery which opened in 2000 forms part of our uniquely styled house, also designed
and built by us in 1971.
Our entry into Bonsai, as a hobby, started in the mid 1980's after being given a few
as gifts. Thereafter "the bug had bitten" resulting in us creating them ourselves,
joining the local Bonsai clubs, participating in club exhibitions etc. This escalated
into selling and importing tools and accessories from Japan and China. Highlights are
exhibiting, selling and demonstrating at major Garden Centres, Shopping Malls and at
the Annual National Flower shows and the "Gardenex Exhibitions". Including the first
and second African International Bonsai Conventions held in Pretoria and Cape Town respectively.
The Japanese theme, possible more a Chinese theme Bonsai nursery, was built following
our private and business trip to China visiting our son and his family and our
suppliers in Japan. Having seen and experienced the eastern culture inspired us
to design and build the nursery on the Japanese theme. We tried to include the
Feng Shui principals, but have had to split up the nursery into separate areas
because of our premises layout to obtain the right atmosphere, tranquil mood and energies.
You enter through the "Zen Garden" area with its two meter high "Penjing" Pine
growing in a dragon embossed Chinese pot set off against the shimmering white zen sand.
Stepping through a Japanese gate you have a large variety of potential Bonsai stock
in bags under the shade of a large evergreen tree.
Adjacent some 200 stunning potted Bonsai are displayed on tiered stands, sheltered
under various grades of shade netting. The facades of which are decorated with
bright yellow oriental scallops.
Set right back is the children's
play area with a Jungle Gym and sand pit. As you step into the Japanese Pagodo
area, soft oriental music fills the area urging you on into the showroom area and beyond.
You have a since of well being as you notice the beautiful wall mural of a Japanese
bridge with its beautiful back drop scene.
The adjacent showroom displays stock from Japan, Korea and China include local stock.
There are professional Bonsai tools and accessories, glazed and unglazed pots some
with oriental embossed pictures and hieroglyphics, aluminium styling wire, soil and
landscaping gravel, fertilizer, insecticides, Bonsai books, tiny Chinese figurines
and Japanese lanterns, even artificial Bonsai and many more intriguing items.
IF WE DO NOT STOCK IT, WE WILL FIND IT FOR YOU.
Regular "Bonsai Concepts and Care" workshops are held. A re-potting and styling service is offered with "free advice". Group bookings are taken for Bonsai Demonstrations and or tours. We distribute nationally via mail orders and express courier. Both wholesale and retail.