OPEN ALL EASTERApril 12, 2017
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!
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!
NEW IN Cath Kidston toiletriesMarch 28, 2017
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…
Treat Mum with something ‘Trevena Cross’ this Mother’s Day!March 22, 2017
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!
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!
Protea Heaven at Trevena CrossMarch 9, 2017
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.
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?
VACANCY AT TREVENA CROSS in the shop, Friday & Saturday (seasonal)March 9, 2017
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.
• 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 email@example.com or drop it in/send it to: Trevena Cross Nurseries, Breage, Helston, TR13 9PY.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.
Exclusive: Gorgeous NEW Jewellery Range Now InFebruary 22, 2017
As promised a couple of weeks ago, the gift team will be bringing you a feast of irresistible new delights in the gift department this year, following an insightful and very productive visit to the Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham earlier in the month.
Kicking off our new gift introductions – JUST IN – is a delightful range of jewellery made with real flowers, that you simply won’t find elsewhere locally. The team were balled over by the level of interest shown in this range of jewellery at the Spring Fair, and set to be a popular customer favourite couldn’t resist finding a home for it in the department… and ultimately sharing it with you, our customers. The sterling silver adjustable rings (i.e. one size fits all) was also Gift of the Year Winner 2017, and when you look at them you can see why… only right that they get the special recognition they deserve.
With Mothering Sunday little more than a month away, it also offers a perfect – and unique – gift idea for mum!
Handcrafted with sterling silver and tiny flowers encapsulated in resin – the different ranges of rings, pendants, earrings, bangles and bracelets really are unique! We have four beautiful ranges in the shop to start with: Heather, Purple Haze, Mixed Flower, and Forget-Me-Nots (designs reflected inthe four rings illustrated above).
Watch this space for more on this NEW jewellery range, and the chance to WIN one of the gorgeous rings for sale, in the first of a series of Trevena Cross videos set to run through the season! We’ll be bringing you snippets of everything Trevena Cross, from bedding plants to gifts, compost to hedging. Don’t miss it on our Facebook page!
(Rings priced at £29.99 each, with pieces across the ranges generally £24.99 – £44.99).
Hedging versus Wooden FencingFebruary 14, 2017
The important thing to remember, without resigning yourself to unnecessary future upheaval, is that the decision you make about which screen or garden perimeter you choose for your garden is a really important decision and one for the long term, or even lifetime if you’re in your ‘forever home’. You therefore need to consider the lifetime value of the decision, not just the initial outlay or simple monetary implications.
The outlay for a six foot fence panel, cemented in with two eight foot wooden posts may be just £60 for the materials but if you were considering a professional install, the costs could soon stack up into the hundreds. A DIY approach to fence erection requires confidence and patience – accurate measuring and precise leveling, with time to wait for cement to set etc… The end result also requiring staining/weatherproofing, and annual maintenance to retain peak condition. A fence while robust, may also struggle in the harshest of winds/weather conditions, certainly when compared with a robust hedge, so unexpected maintenance issues should also be factored into the equation.
While we appreciate it’s not for everyone, our top pick without question would be a hardy planted natural hedge – something like the wonderful apple green Griselinia littoralis. The initial outlay for a few large 20ltr plants (used to cover the equivalent width of a 6ft fencing panel) may be more expensive in terms of initial outlay (our large, bushy 20ltr Griselinia plants are priced at £35.95 each, with quantity discounts in place for bulk buys), but the lifetime value of the finished hedge is priceless. Aesthetically, as an established hedge, it creates a very pleasing impression, and can be trimmed to any desired height – unrestricted by the limits of a 6ft fencing panel. If you want a 7ft…8ft…9ft screen, you can. The choice is yours. The actual install can be handed over to a gardener/landscaper but is also perfectly manageable by a garden novice – with a bit of manpower behind you.
Once established a bushy hedge requires little maintenance – just an annual hedge cut as desired, and it can withstand harsh conditions, rarely succumbing to the sometimes brutal force of mother nature. In windy Cornwall, this point is particularly important, and all of our hedging options are not only the hardiest, but also able to withstand differing levels of salt-laden winds, whether suited to sheltered inlets near the coast (in the case of Griselinia) or the most exposed clifftop locations (as in the case of Olearia Laxifolia).
If it’s a long term solution to screening that you’re after – an established hedge is definitely the way to go. And if you have time to wait for your hedge to grow and establish you can always opt for smaller plants at a cheaper cost (5ltr Griselinia £9.95 each), rather than buying an ‘instant hedge’ straight off.
Whatever the dilemma, don’t be afraid to take advice and take your time to make the right decision for you and your garden.
Make your garden a peaceful, private havenJanuary 25, 2017
As we all settle into the swing of 2017, goals for the home and garden this year creep onto the agenda, and we find one popular goal for the garden, before the main planting and ‘pretty’ seasons get underway, is ensuring quality garden boundaries are in place, that create the right level of privacy, screen out neighbours and any troublesome eyesores, and also provide great levels of protection for the rest of the garden, as windbreaks – particularly relevant at this time of year, when we often endure the worst of our annual weather!
Last year we assisted one customer, Mr S, who lived not far from Plymouth, with his urgent hedging requirements. Mr S had been away from home for a short while and when he returned was met with an unwelcome surprise. His neighbour had erected a boundary ‘fence’ out of different sized pallets. An eyesore to Mr S, he needed a solution and fast!
After getting in touch with us, we quickly arranged for a pallet of our tall, bushy attractive 20ltr Griselinia plants to be delivered to him, in order to create a very natural and aesthetically pleasing screen in front of the pallets. Immediately planted, this ‘instant hedging’ option was able to provide an immediate solution to the problem. Its appearance will only improve over time too, as the newly planted hedge settles in, and bushes out even more to form a completely solid, natural screen and windbreak.
Robust, quality, low maintenance hedging plants are often a much better option than man-made alternatives, for creating screens and barriers. They can work out a lot cheaper to install for one, but the fact that they are all natural, lends them to being a great complementary backdrop for other planting within the garden too – or as a great contrast to very colourful, bold planting statements in the garden. The point is, they’re very versatile, and they just ‘fit’ so well with a garden landscape. Man-made structures have to work a lot harder to try and achieve this same effect, and seldom ever do.
HALF PRICE SALE in the gift departmentJanuary 19, 2017
Joining the sale bandwagon this January, we currently have a fantastic HALF PRICE SALE on many lines in our gift department! From bags to photo frames, skirts to children’s toys, we have a wide range of fantastic bargains waiting to be snapped up!
All Zand skirts
All Shruti and Junction 18 products – which covers a wide range of bags and cases (different designs), scarves, home accessories (Shruti blankets NOT included in the sale).
A wide range of photo frames
Fair Trade Lanka Kade children’s wooden toys/puzzles
Suki children’s soft toys
Di Palomo toiletries
Panier des sens en Provence toiletries
With a genuine requirement for space, so that we can introduce lots of wonderful new products to the department this 2017, we unfortunately must say goodbye to some of our existing lines. This discontinuing stock won’t hang about for long so come and snap up a bargain now!
Creating Christmas Magic for Children & Charities in CornwallJanuary 10, 2017
Trevena Cross Nurseries near Helston made plenty of children smile in the run up to Christmas with its magical Santa’s Grotto, but it wasn’t just children that were smiling, as all proceeds raised from visits to Father Christmas, during the three BIG Christmas weekends at Trevena Cross, are being given to two wonderful local charities.
With big support from The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, Trevena Cross raised £3,320.00 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Leukaemia Trust.
Trevena Cross owner Graham Jeffery comments:
“We built on last year’s successful Christmas weekends to make this year’s even bigger and better. We built a brand new grotto from scratch, and the team worked really hard to make sure that it would be a truly magical experience for the whole family. We invested in real wow factor with our giant polar bear – a great photo opportunity – and our entertaining talking owl, Oggy! With extra touches, including plenty of snow, bubbles, chocolates and fabulous lights, we seemed to find the recipe for success!
It is really satisfying to know that we have helped lots of local families create wonderful memories in the build up to Christmas, but even more satisfying to be able to give two wonderfully worthy Cornish charities £1,660.00 a piece, thanks to the support of all our grotto visitors. It makes the many hours of hard work, beforehand and during the event, completely worthwhile.
A big thanks to The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, without whom, it wouldn’t all have been possible.”