Do not let this old sign fool you.
Within the gates of the Makati Garden Club is a beautiful patch of greenery – garden, pond, flowers, trees. It’s hard to imagine that this sits right on the corner of EDSA and Ayala Avenue. In the many years I’ve been living in Manila, I never knew this piece of paradise existed.
The Makati Garden Club is a private club that caters to a few (of mostly) women members who share the love for plants and landscaping. Members get discounts on plants.
This past year, the former quiet little cafe at Makati Garden Club got a makeover and became one of Manila’s best secret restaurants. Read about it here.
A great surprise is a little shop in the garden called Melograno. This one’s open to the public.
The tiny workshop is filled with fashion, furniture, art and accessories curated by Mrs Ruby Roa.
I zeroed in on that gorgeous wooden desk.
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Love, love, love the legs of this table.
Mrs. Roa sells leather goods including finely crafted gloves in various skins.
Dainty medallion in rosary beads.
Beautiful space with big windows surrounded by greenery.
Another interesting table.
Leather clutches in textured finishes.
Philippine antique tribal top framed beautifully.
A belt with carabao horn buckle
Flat shoes using local woven fabric.
Slipper shoes in tinalak fibre weave.
A mix of locally-sourced and imported fashion accessories.
The same textured-leather in a tote.
Lots of great finds here in Melograno.
There are three small cottage structures at the Makati Garden Club. You’ll find Melograno when you see this window.
With very interesting wooden mini busts.
Melograno is located at the Makati Garden Club compound at Recoletos Street corner Ayala Avenue, Barangay Urdaneta, Makati City. Read about Maria Luisa’s Garden Room restaurant here.