Our roots

Heckers Garden Centre first opened its doors in 1981 as an extension of Ronnie and Rika’s passion and love for nature in all its
shapes and guises. We strive to inspire local gardeners to transform their homes into a wonderful, healing and environmentally
friendly retreat, by using our excellent garden products, honest, friendly service and practical solutions.

We also grow our own plants through the Hecker Homegrown brand, through which we are able to provide you with premium
quality plants and great prices with virtually no carbon footprint.

Join us for a relaxing stroll through the Nursery accompanied by soothing bird calls, or pop in at Café Ambrosia which will satisfy
any craving, sweet or savoury.

Meet the team

Hecker-Garden-Centre-Staff-Photo

More about us

  • Secure Parking
  • Wheelchair friendly with two
    wheelchairs available for use
  • Pet friendly
  • Horticultural plastic recycling
  • Pensioner discount: Mon, Wed, Fri
  • Loyalty program
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Coffee shop with delicious homemade fare
  • Kids Planting Corner
  • Orchid experts and re-potting service
  • Free Library – Take one, leave one
  • Garden club by appointment

Home grown

At Heckers garden center, we take pride in offering our customers high-quality plants at affordable prices. One of the ways we achieve this is by growing our own range of plants on-site, a tradition we’ve upheld for over 40 years. Our founders, Rika and Ronnie Hecker, started this tradition in 1981 out of their shared passion for plants.

Growing our own plants has allowed us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Additionally, our locally grown plants are acclimatized to the local environment, making them hardier and more likely to thrive in our customers’ gardens.

By choosing our range of plants, you’re not only supporting a local business but also contributing to a more sustainable future. We invite you to come and browse our selection of plants and experience the difference that locally grown makes.

Horticultural plastic recycling

At Heckers Garden Centre, we’re proud to say that we’re committed to environmental sustainability, and we’re constantly looking for ways to reduce our impact on the planet. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that we recycle all horticultural plastics, including pots, trays, and other plastic containers commonly used in the gardening industry.

We understand the importance of reducing plastic waste and minimizing our impact on the environment. That’s why we offer a unique service that allows our customers to participate in our take one, leave one program. This program allows customers to drop off their used horticultural plastics at our designated recycling bin, and then pick up an equivalent amount of clean, recycled plastics to use for their gardening needs. It’s a great way to reduce waste and help us all do our part to protect the planet.

We take pride in our commitment to sustainability, and we’re constantly looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the environment. We hope that you’ll join us in our efforts to promote sustainability and protect the planet. Together, we can make a difference and build a more sustainable future.

Association membership

Heckers Garden Centre Association membership
We are proud members of the South African Nursery Association and the Garden Centre Association, two leading organizations dedicated to promoting excellence in the nursery and garden industry. Additionally, we are affiliated with Life is a Garden, an initiative that encourages South Africans to get their hands dirty and experience the joys of gardening. Our memberships in these organizations reflect our commitment to delivering high-quality products and exceptional customer service to all of our clients.
Heckers has been recognized for its excellence in the garden industry by winning multiple prestigious awards. In 2024. the South African Nursery Association awarded Heckers the title of Garden Centre of Excellence, ranking it among the top ten garden centres in the country. Heckers was also the winner of Best Garden Centre of Ekurhuleni 2022.
Over the past 42 years, Heckers has consistently appeared on the top garden centres list in South Africa by the Garden Centre Association, a significant accomplishment for any independent garden centre

Awards

At Heckers Garden Centre, we’re extremely grateful to our customers and staff for their ongoing support and hard work, which have been instrumental in helping us achieve significant milestones and accomplishments over the years.
Thanks to their contributions, we’ve been honored with multiple awards and recognitions in the garden industry, and we’re proud to have been consistently featured among the top garden centres in South Africa.
In addition, we’re excited to share that we’re celebrating over 40 years in business! We’re proud of our longstanding history of providing exceptional customer service, high-quality products, and expert gardening advice to our valued customers.
We’re looking forward to many more years of serving our community and providing a place where garden enthusiasts can find everything they need to create their own outdoor oasis.
Once again, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our customers and staff for their invaluable contributions to our success. We couldn’t have done it without them!
Below are just few awards we have won over the last few years