In the Far West of Cornwall lies a small valley which has an unusually mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream and because it faces South-East and is protected from the South-Westerly gales that periodically pound the Cornish coast.
Tender plants, many originally from South Africa and bred from seed under the supervision of two RHS prizewinning horticulturalists, can be seen growing naturally. Now, some of the wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is host to over 8,600 plant species of which 5,800 are endemic, are accessible to everyone – without the need to travel many thousands of miles. Britain has only 1500 plants, fewer than 20 of which are endemic.
Penberth is a wonderful centre from which to explore some of the Great Gardens of Cornwall and to enjoy the world-renowned coastal scenery as well as visiting local attractions like the Minack Theatre and St Ives.
|Claire Batten||Jeff Rowe|
Claire and Jeff began their horticultural careers in the garden at Penberth. They grow an eclectic mix of specialities: Cape heaths, Aeoniums, Restios and members of the Protea family, all plants that require specific conditions if they are to thrive.
We have been running a nursery since early 2003 when we took over a failing wholesale nursery locally and instantly turned it around to a profitable business. After a few years trading in a difficult economic climate we felt it would make economic sense to move into the retail section of horticulture. We then looked at exhibiting at the various flower shows around the country. It was at the Cornwall Garden Society spring show that we met the then head of the RHS shows department Mr. Bob Sweet. He then invited us to apply to exhibit at all the RHS shows and so there began our retail journey.
We have been breeding and growing rare and unusual plants for many years and have released several Aeoniums for our customers to collect and we’re always looking for something a bit different as we grow and propagate all of our own plants.
The nursery has picked up numerous Gold medals along the way from Flower shows all over the country including six consecutive Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The last three Chelsea displays being entered into the best displays of the year, this award is for any display from a RHS show that has had full marks when judged, in other words a 'perfect display' in the judges eyes. This year we were also awarded the Diamond Jubilee award. This award is for the best display in the Grand pavilion at Chelsea flower show.
We have also been mentioned in many magazines and this year have had a large feature article in the RHS members magazine, The Garden written by Roy Lancaster.
"Many of us have seen and admired astonishing plants in the nursery's award-winning exhibits at flowers shows around the country" Roy Lancaster. September 2014 issue of The Garden.
Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 and Hampton Court Palace Gold Medalist