October 10, 2013
I remember seeing a wedding reception on instagram, photographed at Petersham Nurseries. The setting was magical... huge glasshouses, glorious flower arrangements, white linens and fairy lights.
I made a mental note to visit if we were ever in West London. A couple of weeks ago, my Mum came to stay for a few days. We woke before dawn on the Tuesday to visit Sunbury antiques market and after such an early rise by 10.30 we were in dire need of tea and cake. I remembered that we were very close to Petersham, so we drove the short distance to the nursery.
Petersham is arranged across several large glasshouses and ramshackle out buildings. We found a well-stocked gardening shop, a vintage home shop, a space dedicated for courses and classes, a tea shop and a michelin starred restaurant no less! Mum and I spent a glorious couple of hours feasting on damp almond cake and peppermint tea and browsing the plant stalls. Seasonal vegetables and fruits are grown in the on-site kitchen garden and these are reflected in the menu. Sadly we were too early for lunch, but the options chalked on the board looked so inviting... pumpkin and mushroom gratin, caprese salad and chick pea stew with rice.
I love visiting nurseries... walking up and down the aisles surrounded by hundreds of varieties of plants and flowers, reading all the little labels and getting ridiculously excited when I recognise one or two. The house renovation takes priority at the moment, but oh am I excited to start on the garden.
Joining in with Annie's 'How Does Your Garden Grow'.