One of the loveliest things that we did in Cornwall (apart from ending up face down in a bucket of clotted cream), was visiting the private botanical gardens on the Tregothnan Estate. (Of which more later.) Tregothnan is the family seat of the Boscawen family, a huge working estate founded in 1335 that produces Cream Teas by Post (I die), Manuka honey, flowers, and Kea Plums. It also just happens to be the home of the UK’s only viable tea plantation.
The reason I am jumping the gun and posting this story before I show you the gardens is because Tregothnan have a flourishing floristry business, committed to only growing and supplying English flowers. All their bouquets are made with flowers either grown on the estate or sourced from local growers, many of them who are tenants on Tregothnan land.
This week I ordered three bouquets, two for the lovely PRs who helped me with my Cornwall trip, and one for my mother. All reported back that they were glorious, arrived the day after I ordered them, and were full of beautiful seasonal flowers, including bluebells, which charmed my mother in particular — she’s a Penhaligon’s Bluebell fan. So if you wanted to order someone flowers for Easter this afternoon by ‘phone, to arrive Saturday, then I would highly recommend Tregothnan. As well as for any other occasion, obviously. (And their prices are EXTREMELY competitive, especially as they already include mainland UK delivery in the quoted prices. You could certainly have change from £30 for a perfectly acceptable bouquet.)
Tregothnan is also committed to sustainability, minimal flower miles and the seasonality that comes from offering English flowers — so whilst you won’t find them using English Roses in Springtime, you will find Anenomes, Daffodils, Tulips, Alstromeria & Freesia’s gracing their ravishing hand-tied bouquets. (All of which are created using seasonal flowers and foliage sourced ethically and sustainably from the Tregothnan estate and nearby growers, ensuring flowers reach their recipients with the fewest “flower miles” possible.)
I also love the idea of the Kitchen Herb Bouquet, a handmade herb bouquet using plants grown on the Tregothnan estate, and which contains Pepperleaf (Drymis), Bayleaf, Rosemary & Mrytle. Supplied freshly made and green, the bouquet can be used immediately for decoration and cooking, or left to hang and dry for later use.
Whilst I love many London florists, for anyone I need to send flowers to outside the city, I am going to use Tregothnan from now on. I thought they were wonderful. Given how grim Interflora can be — and the much-reported problems they had over Valentines’s Day, Tregothnan looks like an astonishingly brilliant altenative. Stylish, seasonal, inexpensive & quick. Really, what’s not to like?