Visiting Petersham Nurseries is always a real treat. It’s a nursery based in Surrey, which also has a shop, cafe and tea house – all housed in vintage greenhouses.
There’s a huge range of spring plants on offer at the moment, including hyacinths, narcissi, tulips, hellebores, primulas and muscari, plus hydrangeas, iris and mimosa.
The whole place is so photogenic…I hope you enjoy the images I’ve captured.
It’s very hard to resist buying from the shop, where everything is so beautifully styled, from gardening tools, pots and wellies to homeware and gifts.
The cafe and tea house are run by celebrity chef Skye Gyngell and her team. Reservations for the cafe, which has recently been awarded a Michelin star, are essential.
I know this blog is about flowers, but I had such a lovely time in the tea house. I could have spent the whole afternoon there, enjoying the spring sunshine, as it has a really lovely relaxing atmosphere. The home-made chocolate, carrot and coconut cake was out-of-this-world. I can honestly say that I can’t remember the last time I tasted such a delicious cake!
I noticed that they’re running a Flower Arranging Workshop there next month, on Thursday 7th April from 10am–1pm. It’s being conducted by resident florist and stylist Ronny de Koning, who’ll be demonstrating how to make arrangements and bouquets using seasonally available flowers and foliage. Plus you make your own creation to take home.
Petersham Nurseries really is an oasis on the edge of London and I’d very much recommend a visit.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)