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.

July 10, 2017

Ways to Maintain your Garden this Winter

While the mornings have been getting colder the days are still very warm. So it’s still all systems go in my yard.

I read a great little article the other day on 5 ways to maintain your garden during spring. I thought I’d add to it with a few more tips.


  • Spray lawn weeds

I always mow and then spray about three days later. I use Searles ‘Lawn Perfect’ as it kills most of the weeds coming up at the moment. I don’t worry too much about winter weed as I find out it dies out quickly as soon as the weather warms up.

About two months ago I soil wetted and fertilised my lawn with organically certified soil soaker and lawn fertiliser so it’s really thick and hopefully will survive the winter.


Spray my fruit trees and change my fruit fly trap wick

I wasn’t paying much attention to my citrus this year. I trimmed them early and now all the new growth has been attacked by aphids and mites. I am going to spray them with Eco-oil (BFA certified organic spray) and I am going to give them a fertilise with Organic Link (BFA certified organic fertiliser). I should also start a fortnightly fertilise with Plant Care to give them an immediate boost.

If you have any sick plants in your garden at the moment, this would work a treat for almost any plant.

Any fruit I did get was hit by fruit fly so I also need to refresh my Fruit Fly trap wick and start using Eco-naturalure. I’ve just started to get tomatoes and I don’t want them hit by fruit fly.


Feed my winter flowering plants

My camellia sasanquas are all looking good (I remembered to fertilise them in Autumn) Now its time to feed with Organic Link my rondeletias, zygo cacti, azaleas, camellia japonicas and my poinsettias to keep them looking good and help promote flowers. I will also start Liquid fertilising with Silica and Potash.


Fertilise and use soil wetter

I have been a bit slack in some areas of my garden and its starting to show in the health of my plants.

My gardens need a soil wetter treatment and a fertilise.

I am trialling the new natural Soil Soaker by Plant of Health. Soil Soaker enables hydrophobic soils to become water penetrable and retain water. It also houses beneficial microbes, nutrients, silica and diatomaceous earth these make soil healthy which in turn improves root and shoot development and also reduces plant stress. I will use Soil Soaker first then in a week or so give them all a good fertilise with Organic Link. Late winter they will all get a good haircut.


Enjoy my Vegetable Patch

I’ve reduced my vegetable patch this year and I’m focusing more on herbs, leafy greens and snow peas. I could eat snow peas until I turn green! I am enjoying having a smaller area to take care of as its easier to manage. All vegetables are planted and I have been giving them a fortnightly liquid fertilise with Triple Boost and Neem (to help reduce bugs). One month in and I’m already enjoying bok Choy, spinach, cherry tomatoes and silverbeet.


Jobs done … I can kick back relax read my Winter About the Garden Magazine and enjoy the sunshine!

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