Plant and garden centre
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.
Blustery days and falling leaves are a sure sign that autumn is well underway, giving you the chance to do some green-fingered maintenance. This is a great time to start looking ahead to spring. Bulbs can be planted in autumn giving you a delightful array of colour come spring. This year we have a great selection of bulbs ranging from tulips to alliums, anemones to irises. For those unsure we have a pre made pack of bulbs guaranteed to bring colour for 150 days to any garden and a woodland collection for shade areas and planting under shrubs.
The plant centre boasts a range of products for the winter gardener to help prepare for the coming year. A wide range of tools and gloves are available. This winter we have a copper plated range of tools, making a perfect gift for the garden enthusiasts amongst your friends and relatives. 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.
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