Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the nursery was originally established to service the nearby Duchy estates until opening its doors to the public in 1975. With 4,000 plant varieties on sale, including 200 varieties of Camellias alone, the nursery attracts visitors from far and wide and has staff on-hand to offer expert help and advice to gardeners of all levels.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall at the opening of the new nursery cafe and gift shop
The award-winning, licensed cafe enjoys stunning views across the River Fowey valley to the 13th century remains of Restormel Castle. Edged with a terrace that overlooks the valley, the cafe is the perfect place to browse through the daily papers and gardening books with a coffee. From 10:30am to 4:30pm, guests can enjoy delicious meals prepared using fresh, local ingredients.
The shop inside the nursery was designed by Annabel Elliot and is based on the concept of the 'old potting shed'. It features creative, recycled furniture, used to display a unique range of gifts, gardening tools, sundries and garden essentials. The aim is to focus on Cornish suppliers wherever possible, whilst also incorporating the very best of local crafts and artisan goods. The result is an eclectic mix of sustainable, high-quality products that offer visitors something special to take home.
The nursery also hosts a lively events and workshop programme – sharing knowledge and expertise with garden clubs, young people and local community groups.
To find out more, visit the Duchy Nursery website.
Poundbury is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester, built on the principles of architecture and urban planning as advocated by The Prince of Wales in ‘A Vision of Britain’.Read more
Most of the 27,300 hectares that make up Dartmoor have been owned by the Duchy since its creation in 1337, and in modern times it is agriculture rather than mineral extraction that dominates the use of the land.Read more