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.


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.