With a note of Spring in the air, our gardening senses are waking up once again! And although we live in a little house without a garden now, I still love having my window box filled with beautiful flowers and colours of Spring.
In one of my favourite pockets of London, Richmond, you’ll find the most beautiful garden centre, Petersham Nurseries… and what better time to visit than a sunny Spring day. Petersham Nurseries isn’t your typical garden centre. It’s a brilliant combination of a colourful nursery, a greenhouse tearoom & restaurant and a interiors/garden store.
It’s a real feast for your eyes. Everything is put together beautifully; antiques from Sweden and Italy, French crystal chandeliers, indoor and outdoor plants, stoneware, oodles of festoon lights, handmade ceramic crockery and glassware. The feeling is luxurious and boho chic.
It’s an absolute delight to see something beautiful everywhere you look. And anything with a little bit of sunshine is always better!
After strolling through the store and feeling quite peckish for lunch, we got seated at The Cafe restaurant.
Who wouldn’t want to be eating lunch in the sun-drenched greenhouse, surrounded by flowers?
The restaurant at Petersham Nurseries has mismatched chairs and tables, fresh flowers, wonky dirt floors and flower vines climbing overhead and it all works perfectly together.
The Cafe uses the highest quality ingredients in respect of the season, and with the support of small farmers and producers across England. We didn’t visit The Teahouse, but I’ve heard it’s equally impressive.
Thirsty from walking in the sunshine, we ordered a jug of homemade lemonade. Annie also got a bowl of fresh water.
We started with a couple of appetisers.
Lemony Portland crab on pink radicchio cups.
Arancini with fontina, chilli and fresh oregano.
Before sharing a couple of mains.
Light and velvety gnocchi verdi with wild garlic and pecorino cheese.
Baked Marinda tomatoes filled with quinoa, grilled leek with pine nuts and asparagus.
For dessert, we ordered this pretty thing. Rhubarb and mascarpone ice cream, poached rhubarb, pistachios and shortbread. Beautiful, sharp and crunchy.
After our delicious lunch, we wandered through their selection of flowers to find something to take back for our window boxes. The lovely Petersham Nurseries staff helped us out with their expertise.
Petersham nursery is like a dreamy English garden filled with fragrant blooms. All different shapes, sizes, colours and varieties of Spring flowers are available. You will leave feeling so inspired.
We found a wonderful selection of colourful lilacs. They work well in dry conditions and are ideal for rock gardens, walls and even window boxes that have a lot of sunlight.
Church Lane (signed posted ‘St Peter’s Church’), Off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB
+44 20 8940 5230 | website