The origins of STARKE AYRES lie in the latter part of the 19th century, when the old Cape firms of Chas. Ayres and C.Starke & Co. were founded.
Charles Ayres, a trained nurseryman from England, established a nursery in Liesbeek Road, Rosebank in the late 1870's. A seed and florist shop followed that was to continue for 45 years. In the 1890's C.Starke & Co. was involved in the grain and produce business. Christopher Starke developed the agricultural seed side of the company's activities, which was later to replace its grain and produce dealings.
Chas. Ayres and C.Starke & Co. merged in 1920, and from the Head Office at Mowbray, Cape Town, the company has grown and spread its influence far and wide in Southern Africa.
Starke Ayres continued to grow its vegetable seed business and in 1932 established a branch in Pretoria. In 1985 the company was taken over by Pannar Seed (Pty) Ltd, the largest private seed company in Africa. It developed its own vegetable breeding programme and ranks as a leading national and international supplier of vegetable seed varieties.
Starke Ayres served the public of Cape Town as a supplier of quality seed, trees, shrubs, pot plants, bulbs, fresh flowers and a variety of garden requisites through its retail outlets in Mowbray and Rosebank. The company was entrusted with the floral decorations for government, diplomatic and civil receptions, the Royal Family's visit and the 21st birthday ball in honour of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen of England. Starke Ayres Garden Center has since established itself as a leading and respected retails outlet in Rosebank, Cape Town.
In April 2012 a second retail branch opened in West Coast Village Shopping Centre, Sandown Road, Sunningdale. Starke Ayres Garden Centre and Restaurant, West Coast Village, supplies the community of the West Coast with the same quality products and services.
Both branches are served by a team of knowledgeable horticulturists and offer a comprehensive range of decor and gardening products to the gardening and landscaping industry. A Word from the Office "We at Starke Ayres Garden Centre are proud to be of service to our community. Ours is a culture of uniformity, trust and loyalty.
"We appreciate your support and look forward to many more years of supplying you, our valued customer, with top quality products and service."
- Richard Morris (General Manager)
Iris Erasmus has been serving Starke Ayres and the nursery customers for 25 years.
Nadia White has been doing the same for 10 years. It was a joyous occasion when Tony Pollard, Starke Ayres Financial Director, presented these two hard-working ladies with their awards.
Congratulations Iris and Nadia. We are proud to have you as part of the Starke Ayres Garden Centre family!
Below: Financial Director Tony Pollard (centre) presents Iris Erasmus (left) and Nadia White (right) with their Long Service Awards for outstanding loyalty to Starke Ayres Garden Centre for 25 and 10 years respectively.