Plant and garden centre

Euphorbia on sales in Trelissick plant centre, Cornwall

Tucked into part of the former fruit garden on the side of the shop is the plant and gardening centre. There's a range of seasonal plants and everything for the green-fingered, from tools and ornaments to decorations and garden furniture.

The plant centre boasts a range of products for the ambitious gardener to help prepare for the coming year.

You'll find a large range of pots from classic terracotta and rustic zinc through to Eco pots made sustainably from recycled plastic. Working with Thomas Etty, we also have a large National Trust branded seed collection with a range of twine and wooden accessories made from FSC wood and sourced from the UK.

With a strong focus on gardens being a space for wildlife this spring and summer we have worked with Wildlife World to create an exclusive range of wildlife houses and habitats. Award winning Peat Free compost, endorsed by the RHS is now available. It is suitable for a wide range of uses around the garden including potting on, patio gardening, container growing and tree and shrub planting.

Whenever you buy from the plant and garden centre you are helping to preserve this special place for future generations.  

Plant of the month - Camassia

Camassias are extremely hardy and will thrive in most conditions. Their firework display usually starts around late April to early May can last up to six to seven weeks.

They look fabulous on their own, in grass or with coloured reds, yellows and oranges in either a wild flower meadow type setting or in a perennial border with cool whites and muted pastel colours.

Camassia in the garden at Trelissick, Cornwall

Staff favourite

“You can find these lovely flowers between the shop and garden entrance in mid-spring. I love their architectural nature and how the flowers open from the bottom upwards, like lots of individual stars. They blow me away” - Hannah, Retail Manager at Trelissick

What is Peat Free?

At an AGM in 1999, the National Trust voted to stop using peat to grow plants. Peatland habitats absorb a lot of water, making them a key part of natural flood defences with the added advantage of maintaining diverse ecosystems. Mining peat destroys these habitats, and as peat regenerates so slowly, peat bogs and marshes can take many of our lifetimes to return to the way they were. For a charity dedicated to the environment, the choice to divest from peat use was a natural one.

Peat has been popular because it is relatively cheap to produce and (because it's lightweight) it is cheap to transport. It's something that a lot of growers are familiar with and, as a result, some are reluctant to change to a different medium.

However there are very few plants that really need to be grown in peaty soil, and quite a few that will do better without it. As a National Trust garden centre, we've been working with our suppliers to make sure that the plants we sell at Trelissick are peat-free.

You can help by buying peat-free compost for use in your own garden and allotment.

“As a grower, I wouldn’t want to go back to peat again." 
- Kenneth Harris, Nursery Manager, Lanhydrock