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Proprietor of Lower Kenneggy Nursery Steven Mules, left
Stephen Mules (left), proprietor of Lower Kenneggy Nurseries

Lower Kenneggy Nurseries

Lower Kenneggy Lane, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9AR (contact: stephen Mules)
Tel: 01736 762959
Fax: 01736 762959
Mobile: 07584 838695
Open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm each day - closed Sundays & Mondays & December to February

Lower Kenneggy is a much-loved nursery. It is difficult to imagine any first-time visitor leaving without having made a firm decision to return soon. The flavour is Mediterranean - both the plants and the supporting décor. Stephen Mules, the proprietor, has gone to great lengths to ensure that his plants sit at ease within the colours and style of Southern Europe. Indeed, it is a key source of fine plants for anybody working towards the creation of a Mediterranean garden or niche. There is a very fine range of succulents ranging from the reliably hardy to the somewhat risky (at least risky outside the South-West): Agave, Aeonium and Aloe. The nursery is strong on plants from the southern hemisphere - in particular from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. These plants, and all others, are of top quality in terms of the care they have received and, what is truly amazing, the prices are extremely 'buyer-friendly'. How Stephen has managed to do this over a period of twenty years is beyond me. It is unlikely that anybody would be able to find a similar plant in any other commercial nursery for less.

Stephen has a great depth of knowledge and, let it be said, a great love for his plants and it is difficult for any true gardner or plantsman not to feel an affinity for him. However, the weak point of Lower Kenneggy Nurseries is that there is no list of plants available on the web. Indeed, their website for all its photographs remains singularly uninformative. Nevertheless, this is a great improvement on the previous state of affairs when there was no site at all or, for that matter, any information about Lower Kenneggy either on the web or in the Plant Finder. Weak point or not, Stephen Mules obviously (rightly) considers plant care, propagation and nursery management to be greater priorities than website development.

The nursery is small and there are not always large quanities of plants available but, despite it being located near the end of the South-West peninsula it is worth making an effort to visit. Because there are a few other quite acceptable nurseries (Trevenna Cross and Hardy Exotics, for example) in the immediate area a trip to Lower Kenneggy can easily be part of a broader plant-purchasing expedition. But do not buy elsewhere until you have checked Stephen's stock first.

Is it one of my favourite nurseries? Without a shadow of a doubt it is and it also will be one of your favourites after your first visit.

Link - Article in The Garden (August 2012): "Roy Lancaster visits Lower Kenneggy Nurseries"

Cordyline indivisa at Lower Kenneggy
Cordyline indivisa growing outside the greenhouse

Entrance to Lower Kenneggy Nursery
The entrance to the Nursery

Greenhouse at Lower Kenneggy Nursery
The nursery sales area

Inside the greenhouse at Lower Kenneggy Nursery
Inside the greenhouse customers are treated to a fine collection of succulents

June 2009

Stephen Mules explains the core aims of his nursery:

"My main areas of interest here is in plants for milder coastal areas, ie those that will both benefit from the milder winter temperatures allowing experimentation with new and interesting types, and those plants that will tolerate the harsh conditions that present themselves in such areas; this includes a good selection of shrubs and trees for the creation of hedges and shelter belts. Many of these plants originate from Mediterranean climates particularly from those in the southern hemisphere.

"One particular area of interest at present are the Australian Grevilleas of which we are growing about 50 species, hybrids and cultivars including several unfamiliar subjects which should prove suitable for growing outdoors in the milder parts of this country. We also have a good selection of hardier shrubs from colder parts of Australia. Our selection of Correas and Prostantheras is especially good."

October 2012

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