Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

November 22, 2017

Trevallan’s Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza

 
 
 
 
We would love you and your friends to come to

Trevallan’s Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza 

 

 

 

 

There is no better way to do your Christmas Shopping than with friends and a wine (or Iced Tea) in hand.

Trevallan’s annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza evenings have become so popular.
It could be the wine, the food, the great company or the 10% discount on all purchases over $25 made on the night.

You are sure to find the perfect gift for everyone, maybe even yourself!

 

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Anytime between 3pm – 8pm
Stay for as little or as long as you like

@ Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

77 Fernvale Road

Brassall    QLD

 


RSVP by phone or email by the 28th November and go into the running to win a Perfect Potion Gift Pack

*** 10% discount on all purchases over $25 made on the night ***

 

November 8, 2017

Real Living Christmas Trees

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Thy leaves are so unchanging;

Not only green when summer’s here,

But also when ’tis cold and drear.

 

Christmas Trees are the best and worst tradition. I don’t know about you but for years I spent hours agonizing over where every single bauble should go, what colour scheme to do, tinsel or no tinsel. Then after I’d finished I’d stand back, take stock and cry because after so many painful hours it still didn’t look like a department store tree. Now days I just let the kids go wild with it. If it doesn’t look perfect I can just think ‘oh well, the kids had a ball doing it’.

While watching the kids decorate the tree I began to wonder why we even have Christmas trees and why they are always depicted as Evergreens or Conifers. The answer is in the song.

Evergreens or as we know them conifers are green all the time – thy leaves are so unchanging. Christmas in the northern hemisphere occurs during the bleakest days of the year so evergreens present a vibrant contrast to the natural world outside – Not only green when summer’s here, But also when ’tis cold and drear.

Because of this, people throughout history have regarded them as special symbols of eternal life or rebirth.

I found many theories of why we decorate our trees at Christmas time. My favourite was that the tree was decorated with apples (to represent the forbidden fruit) and wafers (to represent the Eucharist and redemption).

So I may not be able to decorate the tree perfectly but how do I choose the perfect Christmas tree?

Christmas trees are different for everyone.

Conifers are everyone’s first choice when it comes live Christmas trees and there are so many different types and sizes to choose from there is sure to be one to suit everyone. If you want a different type of live Christmas tree here’s a few hints.

Magnolia Little Gem Christmas at Trevallan

Magnolia Little Gem

My ultimate live Christmas tree would be Magnolia ‘Little Gem’. This beautiful magnolia is evergreen; looks brilliant in a pot, can be bought inside for a short period of time but will thrive on a patio or in the ground in sun or shade. Has lush dark green foliage with a bronzed underside of the leaf. Its branches are strong enough to hold a bauble and its flowers are a beautiful cream colour and enormous.

There are so many great native Christmas trees.

Syzyigums would be my first go to as a great native Christmas tree. Trevallan’s large Syzyigums (around 8m high) are in full bloom at the moment and it looks like they are covered in little fairy lights and the ground under them is covered in snow (the fallen flowers).

Syzyigum ‘Cascade’ would be a nice smaller growing Christmas tree. This beautiful native grows to about 4 meters high and has a lovely weeping habit. Its dark lush green foliage is offset by its brilliant pink new growth and pink pom pom flowers, which the honey eaters love, followed by pink edible berries, for the berry eating birds. It can easily be grown in a pot or the ground. 

If a smaller tree is required Acmena smithii ‘Allyns Magic’ is a fantastic native. Perfect for pots and loves full sun or part shade. It is always a dark lush green with bright red new growth. You can even trim it to a conical shape to better represent a Christmas tree!

If you are after something a little different than I have two native trees that are going to make even the die hard plastic tree lovers wanting to change over!

Casuarina glauca ‘Green Wave’ by Mallee Design

First up is the Casuarina glauca ‘Greenwave’. This hardy evergreen shrub forms a natural ball shape with long thin branches that would make you think it’s a conifer. It holds it shape without the need to trim and looks amazing in pots or the garden. It only grows to about 2m high and loves the full sun.

 

Adenanthos ‘Silver Silk’

Adenanthos have taken the southern market by storm and we are finally catching up. These beautiful soft silvery foliage plants love the full sun and dry conditions. They do get a small redish flower on them in spring. Silver Silk only gets to about 1.2m high so its perfect for a large pot.

 

 

 

With all real Christmas trees water well. The most common cause of death is under watering because we don’t want to wet our floors or the presents! Maybe buy an extra-large saucer or a planter to sit your tree in (a pot that doesn’t have a hole and is meant to retain water). Don’t keep your tree inside for months and when you finally do take it back outside move it into the sun slowly. Put it in a shady spot for a week or two, then to a part shady spot then out to full sun. Once it’s back outside give it a good fertilise with organic link slow release organic fertiliser and a liquid fertilise fortnightly with Plant care until it is acclimatised to the outside conditions. Don’t forget a good long soak would be appreciated by your tree, just to say thank you!

This year why not buy a REAL Christmas tree. Just remember chose a plant that will bring you and your family years of joy and let the kids do the decorating while you sit back and enjoy a candy cane …. In your Christmas cocktail!

September 20, 2017

Make your own Macramé Wall Hanging

Spend a tranquil afternoon at Trevallan gently knotting your frustrations away.

Elise, a highly talented macramé artist, is going to spend the afternoon with us helping us create a beautiful macramé Wall Hanging similar to this one.

 The three hour workshop includes all materials and full written and verbal instructions to make a macrame wall hanging.

We have a limited number of seats for this workshop.
We are also unable to accept people under the age of 13.

$80 per person and you get to take home a beautiful piece of art and all the knowledge to recreate another piece. 

 

Macramé Workshop

Sunday 15th October 2017

1pm – 4pm

@

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

77 Fernvale Road, Brassall

$80 pp

 

  

 

August 7, 2017

Trevallan’s Rose Workshop

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”    ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

 
Roses we all adore the flowers yet sometimes we put them in the too hard to grow category … they seem to get a bit of a bad rap here in South East Queensland. I know myself I am not an avid lover of the rose bush. They just seem like too much trouble.
 
This is the workshop that will make rose growing seem easy and fun!! The workshop that will make appreciate the thorn bush for the rose!
 
The workshop is designed for all rose lovers, growers and hopeful growers. We will be focussing on the varieties of roses grown, conditions for growing roses well, soil conditions, planting and pruning. Plus Seasonal Care for Roses – fertilising and managing pests and diseases and even Growing Roses in Pots.
 
We will showcase some great products from Searles Garden Products, eco-organic garden and Plant of Health Eco Friendly Fertilisers.
 
Our resident Horticultural expert – The Mountain Man has over 30 years experience being the grandson and son of rose growers. He has been involved in commercial rose growing for the nursery and cut flower industry, managed them in clients landscapes and of course grown them for himself over the years. His love of roses was the stepping stone to his career in horticulture.

 

Workshop Details

Wednesday 6th September 2017

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

77 Fernvale Road Brassall

Tickets are $15ea with $5 cash back on any purchases bought on the day
$5 voucher will be emailed with confirmation

 

 

The Mountain Man is a third generation qualified horticulturist with over twenty years experience.  He has a background in wholesale and retail nursery, plant tissue culture, soft landscaping. He was also the Head Gardener for the Kitchen Gardens at Brookfield Garden Centre where he maintained the gardens and gave workshops on how to maintain a working kitchen garden. 

 The Mountain Man is currently specialising in Australian Natives with a semi-formal garden element. His Mission is to work alongside people in the development of their outdoor areas enhancing both look and feel while raising awareness of environmental factors. Using the most sophisticated combination of native, exotic, modern, classical and organic methods and materials.

June 22, 2017

Vegetable Garden Workshop

Do you want a pretty and productive garden this spring? Have little space or a whole yard? Want to have an edible garden but have no idea how to achieve it? Maybe you’ve tried to ‘grow your own’ before and not grown much only disappointment.

This is the workshop is for you.

The Mountain Man, who was the Head Gardener of the Brookfield Kitchen Gardens, will take us through the steps to set up (or revitalise) our very own Kitchen Gardens.  

I believe that a productive garden can work in any type of landscape or garden and the best way to achieve this is to utilise the principles of the Potager garden. The idea of a Potager garden basically combines the utilitarian nature of the English kitchen garden with the style and grace of French fashion. It is basically an ornamental vegetable garden. Plants are chosen for both their edible and ornamental natures and are put together in such a way that it looks pretty while still providing food.

The Mountain Man will start from how to build the soil right through to what to plant and how to care for our productive garden. He will also discuss and help us solve some common gardening problems/insects that can affect our gardens.

It doesn’t matter if you have never had a productive garden or if you have been gardening for years. There is sure to be something that everyone can take home and apply.

Workshop Details

Saturday 23rd September 2017

1 pm – 2:30 pm

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre

77 Fernvale Road Brassall

Tickets are $15ea with $5 cash back on any purchases bought on the day
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here              $5 voucher will be emailed with confirmation

 

The Mountain Man is a third generation qualified horticulturist with over twenty years experience.  He has a background in wholesale and retail nursery, plant tissue culture, soft landscaping. He was also the Head Gardener for the Kitchen Gardens at Brookfield Garden Centre where he maintained the gardens and gave workshops on how to maintain a working kitchen garden. 

 The Mountain Man is currently specialising in Australian Natives with a semi-formal garden element. His Mission is to work alongside people in the development of their outdoor areas enhancing both look and feel while raising awareness of environmental factors. Using the most sophisticated combination of native, exotic, modern, classical and organic methods and materials.

 

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