Nursery slashes prices as garden centres orders decline

Garden centres cutting back on orders because of the economic downturn has led Camellia specialist Trehane Nursery to slash prices on large specimen plants.

"In normal trading circumstances these larger plants would have gone straight to the wholesale market, both here in the UK and across mainland Europe," said owner Jeremy Trehane.

"However, due to the current economic climate many garden centres have cut back on their order levels, leaving us with some beautiful specimen plants that we can now sell direct to the public at wholesale prices."

The Dorset based nursery is offering visitors the opportunity to buy specimen plants at half the normal retail price.

More than 10 spring-flowering Camellia varieties are available with pink, red, white and bi-coloured blooms. They range in height from around three feet to nearly 7 feet tall.

50 litre pots of varieties C. ‘Ave Maria', ‘Debutante', ‘Jury's Yellow' and ‘Kick Off' are being sold for £100 instead of £200.

In 30 litre pots current availability includes Varieties C. ‘Ave Maria', ‘Dr Burnside', ‘Midnight Magic', ‘Nuccio's Pearl', ‘Ruddigore' and ‘Sundae' in 30 litre pots are retailing at £60, down from £120.

Availability is limited but the offer will run until Christmas, stock permitting.

The company are also selling three 2 litre azalea plants that normally retail at £8.50 each for just £15.

"It's always good to be able to offer a real bargain to personal shoppers," said Nursery Manager, Lorraine Keets. "And of course it is the perfect time for planting. Naturally we also offer a delivery service so all is not lost if you are unable to transport your chosen plant yourself."

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