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A taste of Spain lands on Trevena Cross soil

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…And we don’t just mean the lemons!… Though the citrus trees and their generous Spanish windfalls do form a small part of yesterday’s large arctic lorry delivery from Spanish climes!

Exotica, including a range of palms, olives, citrus, and other Mediterranean beauties, have always been signature staples on offer from Trevena Cross, historically known for its ‘exotic roots’, and yesterday the tradition was kept alive with a new delivery of nearly 200 root balled Trachycarpus palms, of various sizes, and a selection of other small Palms, Olives, Citrus, and Polygala.

All of the Trachcarpus are currently being potted up in the nursery, and will be brought down for sale as room permits and demand dictates. A wonderful collection, with big heavy root balls – they were a challenge to unload off the lorry, and took a lot of manpower, from both garden centre and nursery staff, but in the end are totally worth it. Real beauties!

We’ll let some snaps from yesterday do the talking as they capture both the team effort involved, and the wonderful plants/trees that landed on Trevena Cross terra firma…

Trachycarpus root ball Spanish delivery lorry Bare root Trachycarpus palms Unloading Spanish lorry Group of six lemons Unloading bare root Trachycarpus Trachycarpus unloaded onto pallet Lifting Trachycarpus palm onto pallet Unstrapping Trachycarpus palms on lorry Selection of palms, olives, citrus trees etc Small palms on pallet Small citrus trees on pallet Bare root Trachycarpus on lorry Pallet of Olives just off lorry Forklift unloading Unloading plants Spanish delivery of plants Forklift moving stock just unloaded Spanish stock of plants and lorry Lifting rootballed Trachycarpus palms onto pallet

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Making way for new shop extension

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In case you notice the change and are curious about what’s happening on your next visit… we thought we’d keep you up to date. Towards the end of last week the hedge alongside the shop was removed in preparation for a new shop extension to begin!

phase 1 shop extension

Plans to add a new bay onto the existing shop will give the shop team more room to create imaginative and attractive displays, particularly more impressive ‘seasonal displays’, like those we strive to create at Christmas.

The team have worked their magic in past Christmases but will have the potential to grow the display and create something truly spectacular with festive lights and decorations with the extra room!

Change and development (in keeping with Trevena Cross roots and what it stands for) are an important part of business growth, keeping up with the times, and making sure we continually improve our offering for our customers, aiming to constantly exceed their expectations.

With the very first phase now complete…watch for news of phase two starting soon!

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Trio Pots – a simple solution to summer colour

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Trio Pots
Perfect for some simple, quick summer colour, with all the hard work of coordinating plants and colours done for you! Trio Pots combine three carefully chosen patio plants in one pot, so all you have to do is plant it out (a pot up to 15″ in diameter will probably suit best), for a great summer display. Larger planters/pots/baskets will take two,three or even more trios but, the combination of 6+ plants will create a magnificent spectacle for the season ahead.

Priced at £2.50 each when you buy four or more, or £3.00 when purchased individually, Trio Pots are also a really cost effective way of populating the patio with colour!…And they’re not just for novices – garden centre owner Graham uses them himself around a central focal point in pots outside his house.

Trio pots on bench

Find them in our undercover plant area next to the shop on your next visit! 

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New Herb Fusions at Trevena Cross

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NEW THIS YEAR!.. Attractive, unique ‘Herb Fusion’ pots – three cleverly combined herbs in one pot!

Herb Fusion poster

Similar to our Trio Pots but coordinating herbs instead of patio plants!…And available in a range of long lasting ‘fusions’ including ‘Versatile Mint’, ‘Mediterranean Twist’, ‘Mexican Medley’, ‘Just Oregano’, ‘Barbecue Blend’ and ‘Great with Grills’ – perfect for outdoor or indoor cooking, with the advantage of attractive, ornamental use too!

Mexican Medley Herb Fusion Versatile Mint Herb Fusion Barbecue Blend Herb Fusion Herb Fusion Mediterranean Twist Herb Fusions

£4.95 each – just look out for the summery bright yellow pots they’re planted in!

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Trevena Cross bedding packs now ONLY £1.50 EACH

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ALL TREVENA CROSS BEDDING PACKS NOW ONLY £1.50 EACH (UNLESS MARKED LOWER). SAME EXCELLENT QUALITY PLANTS GROWN ON SITE, NOW AT A REDUCED – BARGAIN – PRICE. NECESSARY AT THIS TIME TO MAKE MORE SPACE FOR NEW STOCK AND DISPLAYS!

Every supermarket, convenience store, DIY chain and ‘discount’ shop seems to dabble in seasonal bedding plants these days… and you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re all offering the same product, so why not just go for the cheapest offer or multi-buy?! Well quite right, you don’t want to be ripped off, value for money is crucial, but just make sure what you’re buying really is giving you that.

BEDDING PLANTS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME. We can’t explain exactly how the thousands of bedding packs come to be on trolleys in other shops in the area, but we can share a few facts about our own Trevena Cross bedding, which stands it apart from the competition.

Trailing Lobelia packs

The bedding plug varieties selected for our bedding packs are carefully cherry picked by Trevena Cross owner, and plant expert Graham, from specialist nurseries across the country, for incomparable quality and range. These plants are grown to display lasting colour and vigour throughout the season, and as such can be classed in a different league from bedding sold at other establishments, which is often grown from low grade seed abroad, and then shipped over in huge quantities for sale – climate shocked – en mass.

Bedding plant trolleys at Trevena Bedding trolleys

All Trevena Cross bedding plants are grown in highly recommended, premium Humax Multipurpose Compost to ensure superior, lasting growth, and are personally looked after and nurtured by the Trevena Cross nursery team until they become established enough to come down to the garden centre for sale. The range of bedding plants we are able to offer here far exceeds the ‘dabbling’ alternative shops have to settle for. Plants are our thing and we keep them the ‘stars’ of the show – not an insignificant sideline that only appears when the date is right or the sun starts shining!

Bedding tunnel in the nursery

Beyond this, the ‘plant people’ that we have here at Trevena are on hand to guide you/offer any assistance required regarding your bedding plant choices or potting up queries. Get the most from your spring and summer patio colour with advice from the experts!

Offering excellent value for money, all Trevena Cross bedding packs are priced at just £1.50 each.

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OPEN ALL EASTER

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Easter this coming weekend… and we’ll be OPEN over the whole Easter period, including Easter Sunday (usual trading hours).

Due to trading laws we will unfortunately only be able to make plant sales on Easter Sunday (as we grow these on site in the nursery),  but the cafe will be open as usual too, serving up a delicious Sunday Roast alongside its usual full menu!

We will also have our FREE Children’s Easter Egg Hunt in operation from Thursday 13th – Monday 17th April – where children are invited to hunt the 10 hidden eggs around the garden centre, and win a lovely plant to take home and plant in the garden this spring!

Egg Hunt sign

Lots of plant special offers will also be up for grabs this weekend, including 3ltr Lavender Grosso (the best for Cornwall!) on at 4 for £20 (£6.95 each), and Perennial Mesembryanthemum packs (6 plants per pack) for just £1.50 per pack (normally £2.99 per pack).

Lots of bedding packs (£2.99 four-packs), all grown in our on-site nursery, will also be available for sale so that you can get busy with your pots in the garden over the long weekend!

We look forward to seeing you!

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NEW IN Cath Kidston toiletries

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Mother’s Day may have passed by (we hope all you lovely mums had a wonderful day!) but we still have some very ‘pretty’ bits and pieces in the gift department, including these gorgeous NEW Cath Kidston toiletries. JUST IN and perfect gifts for spring birthdays or perhaps alternative Easter treats for those on a strict ‘no chocolate’ diet! Pop by and take a look…

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Cath Kidston toiletries 2

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Treat Mum with something ‘Trevena Cross’ this Mother’s Day!

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It’s not too late to put mission ‘spoil mum’ into action ready for this Sunday 26th March… also to be known as Mother’s Day!

We have heaps of ‘pretty things’ in the shop – gorgeous gifts and keepsakes that will give mum that warm, fuzzy feeling this weekend and make her feel extra special! From jewellery to toiletries, tableware to kitchenware, there’s a whole host of options to choose from!

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We’ll also have Mother’s Day pots and houseplants available to treat mum with this weekend!… Or our Trevena Cross gift vouchers are always a great option if you just can’t make the decision for her!

The Garden Kitchen Cafe is booked to the rafters and gearing up to serve lots of wonderful mums and their families a delicious Sunday Roast this Sunday, but if you haven’t been lucky enough to get in with a booking for Sunday lunch you could always treat mum to a lazy all day breakfast on Saturday morning instead?…Or to tea and scummy cake Saturday afternoon? – Why not make it ‘mum’s weekend’… she deserves more than one day to be celebrated after all!

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Protea Heaven at Trevena Cross

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A couple of weeks ago a stunning assortment of the rare, exotic plants we’re historically renowned for, landed on Trevena Cross terra firma – a fantastic range of ‘rare plants’ including mini King Proteas, Leucadendrons, Leucospermums, Banksias and Grevillea are all stealing the limelight on benches in our two undercover plant areas. The specifically selected beauties, which have come all the way from Italy, have been chosen for their ability to withstand harsher temperatures (-5 to -10 degrees C depending on variety) than some of their counterparts.

mini king protea Grevilleas Leucadendron Burgundy Sunset Leucodendron Mrs Stanley Leucospermum Copper Carnival Leucospermum Copper Carnival3 Leucospermum Copper Carnival5 mini king protea bud mini king protea bud3 Protea Little Prince2

The key thing to remember with these plants is their LOVE of acidic soil and HATE for phosphates. Members of the Proteaceae family require an acidic, very well drained soil – or specially formulated protea compost, like our own here at Trevena Cross, which contains low/no phosphates. They should also be fed with a specifically formulated (no phosphate) fertiliser too, like our own Trevena Cross Protea Fertilisers – both slow release (12 month feed) and soluble (top-up boost in the spring).

These dramatic focal points enjoy a sunny position in the garden – just be sure to keep them well watered during the growing season.

Without doubt, the range of flowers/bracts/foliage displayed by different members of the Protea family are rarely matched by any other species when it comes to showiness!

Why not introduce a new talking point to your garden this spring?

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VACANCY AT TREVENA CROSS in the shop, Friday & Saturday (seasonal)

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Enthusiastic team player required to join a friendly and hardworking shop team here at Trevena Cross.

Part time position, working Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, through the busy 2017 spring/summer season initially, with potential for the position to become more regular at other/peak times throughout the year, e.g. Christmas.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Serving customers in an efficient, friendly manner
• First line telephone contact, speaking with customers/suppliers, channelling queries to appropriate colleagues
• Unpacking, organising and pricing stock
• Merchandising duties, creating attractive, innovative and inviting shop displays
• Stock control, product re-ordering, new product introduction etc as instructed by/discussed with Shop Manager
• Supporting the Shop Manager and the rest of the team with ad hoc duties as required

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR…
Ideally somebody with previous retail experience, across a mixed product range, who has excellent people/customer service skills. Must be good under pressure and a flexible worker, as well as possess good maths skills (for handling transactions/money).

A highly driven individual, keen to progress and make the role their own would be the best fit – keen to learn and grow with the business. The right person will become a valued member of the team on a long term basis and make an important contribution to the business.

Salary and other benefits to be discussed on application.

Full staff training will be provided to ensure that the candidate has full knowledge of the business and feels confident in the role.

To apply, please email your CV to mark@trevenacross.co.uk or drop it in/send it to: Trevena Cross Nurseries, Breage, Helston, TR13 9PY.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

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