spring is in the air and it’s time to get my urban garden growing again. and a recent trip to the legendary petersham nurseries has provided much inspiration. oh how i’ve dreamt of visiting this magical place and it turned out to be even more dreamier than I expected! i have to thank my new florist friend (and local london gal) chikae of okishima & simmonds for taking me. situated just outside london, it is the perfect sanctuary to escape the daily hustle and bustle of the city.
the nursery and garden shop provide a bounty of seasonal indoor and outdoor plants throughout the year. you’ll also find all the pots, seeds and tools to create and nurture your container garden or larger green space.
after perusing the garden centre, it’s time for a bite. the café offers a seasonal lunch menu from 12:00-3:00 and the teahouse serves lighter lunch options plus a delectable selection of homemade cakes, coffee and tea from 9:00-5:00.
inside the main greenhouse was the most magical part for me. so many exquisite antiques, furnishings and home goods to choose from! my suitcase would only allow for so much so i settled on some small sturdy pieces to survive the long flight home.
next time you’re in london, a visit to this heaven is a must. be sure to explore the surrounding fields and stroll along the river thames while you’re there, too. have a lovely spring everyone!
• all photography by leslie santarina.