CORNISH ALSTROEMERIA BY POST
Tucked away in a quiet corner of south east Cornwall, near St Dominick and the Tamar Valley, I was amazed to discover there’s a vast glasshouse, measuring a staggering 1.5 hectares. This is the home of Lanoyce Nurseries, which each year produces three million stems of Alstroemeria cut flowers, .
The nursery was set up in 1960 by Joyce and Alan Rickard, whose family Brian, Kathryn and Thomas now run the business and its new offshoot, Kernow Alstroemeria, which supplies flowers by post direct to customers’ homes.
The business has strong environmental credentials, with state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems using renewable energy produced on site from Biomass boilers and solar panels.
With over fifty years’ horticultural experience, the Rickards are experts at creating the perfect growing conditions, and choosing varieties of Alstroemeria to ensure year-round blooms.
The majority of stems are sent out to national retailers and distributors, but customers can also order direct from the glasshouse, via the new online business Kernow Alstroemeria. The flowers are sent out in beautiful plastic-free packaging, freshly-picked with buds ready to open, and should last at least ten days.
To find out more about Kernow Alstroemeria, or to order flowers, visit kernowalstroemeria.co.uk. Prices start at £24.99 for a one off delivery, and a subscription service is also available, starting at £22.95. All prices include next day delivery.
Head to the @barefootcornwall Instagram page for the chance to win a box of Kernow Astroemeria’s Kernow Collection (best available mix), to be delivered anywhere within mainland UK. Competition closes at noon on Friday 27 September. For Ts & Cs see Instagram.