Cornwall LivingIssue #134

Plant perfect

Now heading towards five decades of operation, Trevena Cross is an independent, family owned one-stop shop for all your gardening needs.

The garden centre is in the unique position of growing more than 90% of all their plant stocks on site in their large 35-acre nursery, ensuring plants remain at the forefront of its offering. This sophisticated, large-scale growing operation has evolved from a blank canvas when the nursery was first established back in 1976. Little more than a field of cabbage plants at first, current owner Graham and his late father built up the business, setting it on a pathway to become the unique destination it is today.

Graham remains at the helm of the business, with a team of staff that embodies Trevena Cross values, always putting its customers first. Offering exceptional products and friendly, helpful, knowledgeable service has built the business a loyal following, keeping it strong and resilient to the wide range of challenges that have presented themselves over the years, such as extreme and unpredictable weather, multiple recessions, and a pandemic. Trevena Cross doesn’t compromise when it comes to plants either. In addition to a diverse range of staple trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, and seasonal plants, it also offers rare and unusual plants, sparking the attention of specialist plant enthusiasts, collectors and those wanting to bring something transformative to the garden landscape.

Several signature plants have helped give the nursery and garden centre its subtropical association, but nothing more so than the centre’s superb collection of large specimen palm trees, olives, citrus, bay trees and other showstoppers. New stocks of large specimen trees land on Trevena Cross soil only once or twice per year and each is one of a kind, making them very special indeed. Add to the visitor experience a shop full of houseplants and gifts, animal hunt fun for the children, and a comprehensive menu of delicious options at the on-site Garden Kitchen Café, and you begin to realise the centre has all bases covered. Plus, the good news is, whether you’re a visitor to the county or based more locally, a piece of Trevena Cross can be delivered to your doorstep with the centre’s local and national delivery service, so you won’t need to worry about fitting everything in the car!