Staff at the Trewithen Estate, internationally renowned for its collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, are making final preparations for the annual autumn plant sale.

Every year hundreds of bargain-hunters flock to the estate’s plant shop near Probus between Truro and St Austell for the famous end of season extravaganza.

The sale always takes place during the gardens’ final week of being open to the public before it closes for the winter. This year that week runs from Monday September 29th until Saturday, October 4th from 10am to 4.30pm.

Owner of the estate Michael Galsworthy, explained that people often queue outside before the official opening to ensure they secure low-priced top quality plants, often intended as Christmas gifts for friends and family.

“People sometimes say we under-price our plants but what we offer is extraordinary value for money,” said Mr Galsworthy.

“The sale is always a highlight of our calendar in the garden and in the current financial climate it may prove even more popular than usual. I genuinely think consumers are trying to reduce their carbon footprint and they can do this by buying top quality, locally raised plants at Trewithen Nurseries.”

Almost all the plants on sale have been produced from the mature stock in the estate’s famous gardens and will include a wide variety of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons as well as many flowering bushes and shrubs, ornamental grasses and climbers.

Once the sale is over and the gardens are closed all plant sales will be moved to Trewithen’s nursery, situated at the back of the estate, which will remain open Monday to Saturday throughout the winter months.