Lorraine Cavanagh, owner of Viveros Florena and author of Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, The Zest of Life was born in the cold, windswept (but warm-hearted) North East of England and, having spent most of her formative years in Africa, moving to Spain was a logical progression. Andalucia, and her people have, over more than 30 years, won her heart and enabled her to form a well-loved home, bring up a family and set up in business.
Thoroughly 'rooted' into the plant word by her grandfather she has a passion for plants and has owned a very special plant nursery for over 15 years specialising in plants suitable to the Mediterranean climate. This led to requests for advice on planning, planting and landscape design resulting in the landscaping 'limb' of the Garden Centre.
Her book, Mediterranean Garden Plants, was born of queries from clients, customers and friends over the years, formatted and compiled into what is affectionately known as the ''bible' of Mediterranean plants.
Radio work, garden club talks and lots of feature writing for newspapers and magazines quickly followed. Her life is full and busy but her greatest satisfaction is that she has been able to combine her greatest loves together - family and plants. Her partner, Merv, daughters, Madeleine and Grace, and even grand-daughter, Ainhoa, have all been 'grafted' into the business - a true family affair and love affair - and it shows!
Why we are Special
Our Team: We're a family business and we care. Come and meet the team - Lorraine, Merv, Maddie, Grace and Ainhoa.
Our Caring Attitude: First and foremost for us is to offer you a very personal service. Whether you're new to gardening or an old hand with green fingers, come and chat to Lorraine, Maddie or Grace - our Mediterranean gardeners with the knowledge! Toss over ideas together, anything from selecting a single plant to designing and planning an entire garden.
Landscaping Service: Don't forget that we can offer a full landscaping service too with our own artisanal builders. Have a look at our landscaping page for some inspiration - walls, paving, patios, pergolas, steps, water features and swimming pools. Fuly detailed quotes are provided. Or, if you just need some advice, Lorraine offers a personal consultation service at your garden. We work throughout Andalucía, the Costa del Sol and neighbouring provinces. Give us a ring - we're always happy to talk!
A Huge Variety of Plants: We have an enormous range of plants - and that's not a careless boast. Common or garden rarities, we've probably got it in stock and, if we haven't, we'll really try to find it for you. Our customers are many and far flung - and they keep coming back to us.
We're Organic and Green: We only sell green products - because we believe in them! We stock neem oil, the natural insecticide and fungicide, guano to fertilise and citronella to keep those pests away! Our soils, fertilisers and composts, too, are 100% organic. We're caring - are you?
Order Your Plants: We know that many of you don't live here permanently. Often you can only make brief visits and your time is tight. You want to plant and arrive knowing that you can collect all your plants without waiting/searching. Just let us know your requirements, we'll let you have prices and we'll have all your plants here ready and waiting for you.
Latest News: On-line plant ordering service now available for those rarities that you can't find. Let us know how you feel about this. We love to hear from you!
Mailing List: Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with everything that is happening in the garden centre. We'll email you when special plants come in, new products or pots. You'll know as soon as they arrive! Or check us out on Facebook - Lorraine Cavanagh's Garden Centre - become a friend.
Visit Us: If you are part of a gardening club, we'd be happy to see you all. Advise us in advance of your visit, we'll organise tea/coffee and cake and Lorraine can give a free talk too. Sorry, she no longer travels for talks.
Deliveries: Yes, we can deliver.
Need a Present: We have gift vouchers.
Relax, Let Us Do The Work: And, don't forget, coffee and tea is free. Sit in our leafy patio area, absorb the sights and smells and get plenty of free advice - does it get any better!!
Lorraine. The boss. Landscaper, writer and general sales.
Merv. Our technical man!
Maddie. Propagation, roses, iris, online sales.
Grace. General sales and mummy to newest addition, Dario!
Ainhoa. Best coffee/tea maker and apprentice
Florence. The lazy one!