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Buying plants in or near Basel

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I'm a newbie here, this is my first post -- and I'm looking for help. Hope it's in the right place.

We've just moved into a ground floor apartment with a garden and would like to buy a whole lot of plants/shrubs/trees to plant outside. Apparently that's OK with the managing agents. The only plants we've seen in local garden centres Iin Basel-Land) have been astronomically expensive ... try CHF6,5000 for an admittedly very attractive Japanese maple, CHF300 for a small conifer shrub.

So in short, is it a good idea to look in France, Germany or elsewhere in Switzerland, and if so, does anyone have any recommendations, please? Any help very gratefully received!
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Re: Buying plants in or near Basel

Hi,

Try the several flower and plant shops in Saint Louis, Tram 11 and walk or Bus 604 from Schlifflande..

OR

There is a large garden centre in Lorrach.....2nd train stop in Lorrach,Germany forget name....a little walk near the main cemetery....google will prob help.

The Lorrach def worth a visit, better with car, sells allsorts or garden stuff too......the plastic may get friction burns !!

Have fun

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Re: Buying plants in or near Basel

Thanks ftang squared, that's really useful. I should've mentioned that we do have a car so distance (within reason) is not a problem.

We've only been here 3 months so far and have just discovered the hypermarket delights of St Louis ... aahhh, CHOICE! What a novel concept, to be able to choose from a range of goods! Looking forward to finding out whether garden centres there, as well as in Lörrach, also offer range and value.

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Your welcome.

The Geant store has just expanded its UK Goodies shelf......hidden near the soups etc.....but they have Lucozade, Branston and Golden Syrup...and even proper Digi..gestives.....
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The Geant store has just expanded its UK Goodies shelf......hidden near the soups etc.....but they have Lucozade, Branston and Golden Syrup...and even proper Digi..gestives.....
Thanks, I was just there today. Despite being Australian and unfavourably disposed towards Brits right now (even though I have British citizenship as well) due to the first Ashes Test draw, I couldn't help but stop and drool in front of that section of the supermarket. I came away with Bramston pickles, Cadbury Dairy Milk choc, Kettle chips ... but no garden plants.

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It's ok...we'll lose the next four !!

Losing Britishness rapidly, brother lives in Cairns....I'm soon away to the US as wife is American....yes blonde and from Dallas !!

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22 yards,

did you end up buying plants from Germany? if yes, where?
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Have you tried OBI in MPARC Dreispitz?
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Some of my best successes actually came from IKEA - go figure! ( and if I lost a few I didn't 'feel' the pain as much)
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Re: Buying plants in or near Basel

for plants look at hornbach in Binzen, 5 mins from the basel/german highway border and baumarkt on the LH side as you enter lorrach alsofrom the basel/german highway - just contiue past the turnoff for hornbach.

As you are new in the area stick to the 80km limit when re entering CH as there is a speed camera directly after the first tunnel

for shopping go to marktkauf in weil am rhein
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22 yards,

did you end up buying plants from Germany? if yes, where?
I bought just about all of the plants in or near St Louis, in France -- more expensive than Germany but much, much cheaper than Switzerland.

Note that, like most things, plants are taxable in CH as well as in D and F, so you need to declare them on entry to CH (and claim your D or F tax back).

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Some of my best successes actually came from IKEA - go figure! ( and if I lost a few I didn't 'feel' the pain as much)
Ikea is good for indoor plants (although they have a very limited range), but I've never seen garden plants there -- certainly nothing that would survive winter in Basel.

The other posts are also helpful; OBI has a reasonable range at Swiss prices, Hornbach (and Bauhaus) in Germany are pretty good at better prices. But if you want a realy good selection and more variety, based on the usual rule of thumb (live in France, work in Switzerland, shop in Germany) I'd go for a dedicated garden centre in Germany. Having used French garden centres, though, I can't specifically recommend a German one -- I haven't been to any!
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