Topics:  chelsea van rijn, gardening, opinion

Centre morphed into 'way of life'

Chelsea van Rijn from Trevallan Lifestyle Centre is holding a garden competition.
Chelsea van Rijn from Trevallan Lifestyle Centre is holding a garden competition. Sarah Harvey

AS MUCH as I love it being all about me, I would not be where I am now if it were not for Trevallan (pronounced Trev - allan).

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre has been owned and operated by my family since 1998. Trevallan's mission statement is to help you create your growing personal environment with a little TLC.

The TLC part is a play on words using common Tender (T), Loving (L) Care (C) and Trevallan (T) Lifestyle (L) Centre (C).

With a swag of awards under our belts, most recently being awarded Queensland's Best Small Garden Centre 2010 by the Nursery and Garden Industry, we believe we are getting something right.

Over the years Trevallan has evolved from a garden centre to a lifestyle centre.

We stock a wide range of general and specialty plants together with traditional garden centre lines including speciality pots, non-hybrid open pollinated seeds, potting mixes and mulches, fertilizer and garden pharmaceuticals, with a focus on organics.

Trevallan isn't big, so we don't stock massive amounts one particular variety of plant. We offer you something different. We pride ourselves on the fact that customers can come to us knowing that every garden centre may not have this particular plant or a plant done this particular way, for example, a Wok Garden (herbs for stir-frys planted in a wok) or a scented bougainvillea.

While the centre's roots are firmly in the garden industry, Trevallan, as the name suggests, is also a Lifestyle Centre. This aspect of the business focuses on garden features and ornaments, simple to set up water features and potted pretties (established plants potted into decorative pots). Our range also includes aromatherapy products, homewares, music CDs, candles, jewellery, handbags, original artwork, furniture, lamps, soft furnishings and grey water safe laundry detergent.

I believe Trevallan is special. It's not just the way that the typical garden centre concept has been incorporated or infused with the more modern and broader product lines and concepts, it's our staff.

Now I know it's all about me, but without the constant support of my mother who is the stake that holds everything upright and the staff of Trevallan, I would not be who I am, nor would Trevallan be the wonderful place it is.

It's the little things. We pot plants up for our customers because we understand you may not know how to do it, we provide advice on general plant care and garden design and most importantly we provide a free gift wrapping service. Have you ever tried to gift wrap a plant?

The Trevallan Team has an innovative approach to gardening. We offer you a place you could spend hours just relaxing in or make a quick visit for some seeds.

This weekend why not give your life some TLC and visit our Suburban Retreat? You don't need to have a green thumb to enjoy the range at Trevallan Lifestyle Centre.



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