Last month, I visited Clifton Nurseries in London and what a beautiful place it is…
As there’s so much for me to tell you, today’s post is the first of two I’ve written, with Part 2 following tomorrow.
So, if you’ve not heard of Clifton Nurseries before, it’s a wonderful garden centre with a lovely relaxing atmosphere, just a stone’s throw from Warwick Avenue tube station.
I’d not been for a few years and had forgotten how deceptive the small narrow entrance walkway is…as once you’re through the gates, the pathway quickly opens out into a large area filled with stunning displays of outdoor plants and old buildings. (You may have spotted the playful little black cat who made a guest appearance in the photo above?!)
Clifton Nurseries is the oldest garden centre in London and this year, they’re celebrating their 160th anniversary. To mark the occasion, they’re running special events and selling a range of anniversary products.
There’s everything you’d need for a garden in the city at the nursery, whether you’re a novice or a really keen gardener. I was very impressed by the immaculate displays of their happy-looking plants, ranging from fruit trees and bedding plants to orchids and hydrangeas.
The Clifton Kitchen (shown below) is a lovely café within the grounds, with indoor and outdoor seating. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, plus is also a great place to catch up with friends over a cup of tea and home-made cake in the afternoon. Or, if you visit at the weekend, you could even treat yourself to a champagne brunch…
You may remember from my post last week that I wrote about the National Gardens Scheme (NGS)? Well, at Clifton Nurseries, they feature gardens from the scheme and group together all the plants that you would find in that particular garden. Below is an example of plants for a shady garden in Camden.
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post. And I look forward to seeing you tomorrow with Part 2.
(Images : Clifton Nurseries, Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)