We love the light and energy a new season brings and this sweet addition to The Present Tree’s team really brightened our days. Little Bumble Bee, our beautiful terrier arrived and created quite a buzz. What a lovely way to start the year! This excitement echoed through the business as we also introduced a beautiful new tree collection, including the refreshing, fragrant Tea plant gift. Specially grown in Italy and nurtured right here in our gardens, its leaves make the perfect cup of tea.
In April, Laura joined our team as our Head Gardener and immediately her care and devotion shone through. Our lucky trees have been thoroughly pampered ever since. We have a chemical free approach here at TPT - that means pesticides or weedkillers are never, ever used, just our secret blend of organic oils to encourage a natural ecosystem.
We are proud and protective of our beautiful gardens which are full of wildlife, especially song birds, bees, frogs and ladybirds. Several rows of trees were naturally excluded from sale for a few weeks this year while a female blackbird made her nest among them. Smart little lady!
In the warmth and sunshine of summer, our trees flourished and The Present Tree’s team grew too. Our tech-intern Holly (yes, we love her name and no, her favourite tree is actually a Birch!) worked with us all summer. Holly focused on our website with the goal of creating an enhanced, smooth shopping experience for our customers. She also found time to help water our trees on hot, balmy days.
During the warmer months we were flattered and oh-so-excited to receive what turned out to be a busy year of press features. From Woman & Home, to Country Life, Vows and Venues to Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping. It was thrilling to see our beautiful tree gifts being given the hot spot-light by editors and stylists... thank you!
The leaves turned rich autumnal colours and temperatures dropped low, yet our spirits remained high. A very proud moment for the whole team at The Present Tree saw our business manager Sorcha receiving a highly commended Chamber Award for Young Person in Business 2015.
A seasonal shout out also goes to our stunning, fruity Rowan trees that really came into their own in autumn. Rowan berries are perfect for picking and making delicious jelly, something that has become an annual competition at The Present Tree (mark your diaries!). In late autumn, we also welcomed our Spanish intern, Marcos, to our growing team. We think ‘Presente Arbore” has a certain ring to it…
In November we launched our beautiful movie, “Every tree has a story…” It was wonderful watching each scene being filmed in our gardens and greenhouse, and exciting to see our everyday story being brought to life on screen to share with everyone.
To us, every tree is a stunning, show stopping super star! Click here to watch it…
A very proud moment arrived later in the year when The Present Tree won 'Franchise/Retail Business of the Year 2015’ at the Bank of Ireland Business Awards. It was overwhelming to be recognised in this way and really helped reinforce our core values of integrity, luxury and outstanding customer service. It was a wonderful affirmation of the beautiful products we believe in so much. Here’s our founder, Catherine, proudly accepting The Present Tree's awards.
As the gift season rolled into full swing, we worked late into the night during December making sure every tree was absolutely perfect and arrived in time for Christmas. We want our gifts to bring joy for many years to come and we were happily overwhelmed by the volume of festive deliveries we could help with this year.
And so from this inspiring year at The Present Tree, all we can say is roll on 2016, we are excited to see what you have in store for us!