A couple of years ago I got rather fanatical about gardening. The amazing thing about the tropics is that almost anything will grow, even if you don’t exactly have a ‘green thumb’. Swapping ‘cuttings’ with friends and creating a lavish tropical garden for the cost of your time can quickly become a fascinating ‘hobby’. Plants are indeed the gift that keeps on giving. Unfortunately I’m not one of those naturally gifted gardeners and I do tend to ‘lose’ quite a few.
I used to pass this shop near my house that had a huge assortment of tropical plants and flowers, yet they always seemed to be closed, but one day I got lucky. I caught Maryam Ismal just as she had returned from picking her daughter up from school. It turns out that my timing usually coincided exactly with that particular schedule.
Maryam and her husband Jan run Yanzans Florist Enterprise. A florist, garden center and landscape service all in one convenient location. Maryam also has quite a talent with floral arraignments for all occasions, large or small. And teamed up with Jan, can help you with all your landscaping needs.
They can special order almost any plant or tree you want, as well. Maryam has a book to show you what’s available. If you pop in on a regular bases you can also get a heads up when new ‘stock’ is arriving, fresh off the truck.
I was happy to find a garden ‘center’ run by passionate and knowledgeable gardeners. They can tell you how much or how little sunlight a plant needs, also how much or little water. I just need to start writing their tips down, so I won’t forget! Also in addition to a fantastic selection of plants at bargain prices, they also have pots, soil, fertilizers and lots of free advise.
Yanzans Florist Enterprise
No. 106 A, Kg. Pdg. Kandang/Matsirat
Tel: +6 012 499 1424
open 6 days a week from 10AM-7PM (closed on Fridays)
*Fridays, you can find them at the AGRO Bazaar in Kuala Muda 8am-12noon
Oh, and if you stop by and find them closed, just give Maryam a call. She’s probably taking her daughter to school or picking her up. Its a quick trip down the street.