Less than three weeks to go until Garden Truro!June 24, 2013
Less than three weeks to go until the second annual Garden Truro event, and this one is set to be BIGGER and BETTER than the last! This event brings a taste of Chelsea or Hampton Court Flower Show to Lemon Quay for four days only! From Wednesday 10th July – Saturday 13th July garden experts will descend on the quay to celebrate Truro’s green fingers and green spaces.
The success of last year’s ‘pilot event’ of which we were proud to be a part, coincided with Truro in Bloom judging – and is set to do the same again this year.
A gardening festival with more exhibitors, a greater range of garden related stands and more garden experts on hand, can only mean a greater celebration of our wonderful gardens this year. All we need is the sun to shine (last year we were on the verge of floods!) and we’re set for a fantastic few days! We’ll be creating an impressive (we hope!) flower display on the quay, and will be ready to meet lots of new gardening enthusiasts who have perhaps never made the half hour trip from Truro to our nursery. Always keen to see familiar faces too – please pop along and say hello if you have a spare couple of hours; and be sure to take oodles of inspiration home with you to your own garden this summer!
For more on this year’s Garden Truro click here!
Showpiece No 4: The Tree FernJune 20, 2013
In homage to the main centrepiece of Trevena Cross Nurseries’ Royal Cornwall flower display this year, (and a big contributor to the top award – our Large Gold Medal!) we’re selecting the tree fern as Showpiece No. 4 in the series.
Majestic, unique, and striking architectural plants for a shady, sheltered spot – that can be troublesome to fill – these incredibly slow growing focal points are desirable plants, particularly impressive as large waterside or woodland specimens.
Their fronds – and trunk come to that, have a unique beauty; and a calming aura. The natural movement of the fronds and the individual shape and form of each specimen – a number of which have a long history, makes these plants special and often treasured by those who are lucky enough to own and enjoy one in their garden.
Enjoying a cool, sheltered, shady position in a moisture-retentive, slightly acidic soil, these plants should be watered freely, especially in warm weather. In cold weather, the crown of the tree fern should be protected with a mulch of bracken or straw.
We used to stock a huge range, and large quantities of tree ferns, originally imported from approved land clearance sites in Australia. Stocks have reduced over time, with the costs, logistics and restrictions involved in further imports ever more difficult, but we’re still big fans of the tree fern and have a great tunnel full of them at the garden centre!
Trevena Cross Scoops Gold at Royal CornwallJune 10, 2013
We’ve scooped a top accolade, a Large Gold Medal, and The Richards & Osborne Trophy for Best Use of Colour in our flower display at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.
Creating this year’s display was more challenging than ever, with the cold, wet start to spring leaving many of the plants on the nursery way behind where they should be for the time of year – and many reluctant to bloom in time for the three day event.
To be given top awards such as these was therefore a surprise, but a very well received one, for the team here at Trevena Cross!
The retail world and horticultural world has had it hard recently – and suffered a double blow with poor weather adding fuel to the economic fire. It is achievements like this that affirm you’re good at what you do, and are appreciated for it, that inspire you to continue fighting the fire alongside valued, loyal customers (many of which visited the show!)
Carefully combining and coordinating mixed shrubs and perennials, with exotica the nursery is so renowned for, clinched the awards for the display – awards which were the icing on the cake for the nursery at a show it is proud to be a part of.
Royal Cornwall is here!June 6, 2013
It has finally arrived – the Royal Cornwall Show 2013 is now underway in Wadebridge as day one begins under sunshine and blue skies! (No greater contrast from last year when we were battling gales, severe rain, and the odd leak in the flower marquee!)
Our display this year has incorporated a couple of magnificent tree fern centre pieces alongside a range of other shade loving/tolerant shrubs like Astelias, Fatsias and Hostas, as well as perennials selected in line with a carefully planned colour scheme, for maximum impact and ‘wow factor’.
Judging has taken place on this, the first day, and we’ll bring you news of the results just as soon as we have it…
If you are visiting the show over the next three days, be sure to have a fantastic time, and don’t forget to come along and say hello to us in the Flower Tent – your support is always valued and appreciated!
P.S – We’ll also have lots of flowering beauties for sale – lots of one litre patio plants (£3.00 each or 4 for £10.00), and fabulous lavenders (£4.50 each or 3 for £10.00).