About us

About us

Welcome to Derek Garden Centre!

Derek Garden Center, a family-owned business with over a century of history, was founded by Pawlu Galea in 1896. Initially a small trader in the meat industry, the business flourished when his son, Carmelo Galea, took over in 1901. During World War I, Carmelo served and supplied the English fleet, gaining recognition from admirals and pilots. In 1941, the business transitioned to the third generation, three brothers who continued operations during World War II, supplying meat to The Victory Kitchen and serving the British armed forces.

Post-war, the fourth generation, Melosaul Balzan, joined his maternal uncles. Between the 1970s and 1980s, the company gained popularity by not only importing but also processing livestock. They supplied local markets, hotels, and restaurants, introducing modern machinery for burger production, mortadella, and ham slices

In 1988, Melosaul diversified into horticulture, importing and selling plants and trees. He established a connection with Tuscany, Italy, importing trees to Malta. Despite initial hesitancy towards plants and decoration, people gradually sought Melosaul's advice on gardening. Thus, the landscaping department emerged, influencing Maltese culture with foreign aesthetics.

In 2017, Nick Balzan, the fifth generation, took charge of the landscaping department, while Melosaul managed the nursery and garden. The company expanded significantly and offered landscaping, civil works, and excavation services for private clients and the Maltese government. Derek Garden Centre, part of the GEB Landscaping consortium, successfully secured a five-year tender for landscaping, beautification, and maintenance of selected areas in Malta starting from January 2023.

VAT Number: MT 1011-3836
Company Registration: C10483

Our mission

The Director's Message

I set up the Derek Garden Centre in 1988. The building which hosts the garden centre was actually a hunting lodge used by the Knights of Malta belonging to my family. I have always been intrigued by plants and trees and decided to convert the palazzo into a garden.

I invested my time with great care and transformed the palazzo into a shop and offices, refurbished the garden and started importing plants and trees for our landscaping projects.

The abandoned fields were transformed into a lovely garden with seating and paved areas. Part of these gardens were then allocated to the cactus collection which my uncle planted many  years ago.You are invited to visit and enjoy our cactus collection anytime during our opening hours.I look forward to seeing you at our premises.

Melosaul Balzan
The Director,
Derek Garden Centre

Our services

Our work values

We are focused on being as environmentally friendly as possible. Our natural environment is at the heart of our business.

Eco Friendly


Done with love

Easy to maintain


High quality

Our Experience

Why work with us?

Timely response guaranteed

We do our best to get back to you in the shortest time possible.

Reliable equipment and staff

You can trust that our landscapers are some of the most talented and reliable in the industry. Our machinery and tools are top of the range.

Cost-effective quotes

We're proud to offer landscaping ideas, fit for any budget.