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Visit to the Duchy Nursery

I don’t often get out to explore the area around Mevagissey, work schedules being what they are. But this week I went out with a friend to visit a couple of places, grab some lunch, generally enjoy the sunshine and scenery.

We ended up at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, near Lostwithiel (itself a delightful location for a visit, if you’ve never been). The Nursery has a gift shop and café in addition to its plant sales, and has to qualify as having one of the best locations ever enjoyed by a garden centre. From the café you can look across the valley to Restormel Castle, and there are tables inside and out from which to enjoy the view.

The food is “bistro” style, varied and fresh. Sandwiches, soup, tea and cakes, waitress service and comfortable seats. In the summer the outside deck must take some beating for a lunch location; in winter the sofas by the fire will be in high demand.

Visiting in Autumn/Winter doesn’t mean the plant area is dull by any means. The glasshouse is home to a stunning array of ferns, succulents, cacti and – frankly – an impressive selection of “no idea what” for this non-gardener.

If you do visit, and want to bring me back a little something, I totally fell in love with the sago palm. But given my history with potted plants, you might want to retain visiting rights to keep an eye on things.