16 April 2011

Unforgettable Petersham Nurseries

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

I found another English gem - Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. The clouds parted and the angels sang. Oh my goodness - such a feast for ALL the senses. Let me give you a little tour...




This is no ordinary garden nursery
For starters, it is really tucked away next to a pasture yet definitely in town




Vintage looking crates for displays
Slate tabletops
Willow screens and urns thoughtfully scattered





But that's not all... {sigh}

They have a tea house




and a cafe so darling, I think I peed in my pants!!




Super shabby-chic
See those dirt floors?
Chippy chairs, naked lightbulbs too
In a glass greenhouse




Have you peed in your pants yet, too?

And the food...
Just awarded a Michelin Star
It was delish




According to their website,  'Head Chef Skye Gyngell works almost exclusively with seasonal produce, creating simple food inspired by what she sees growing and flowering around her. The relatively short menu changes every week....In season, she picks herbs, salads & fruit from the walled kitchen garden of Petersham House and uses as much local produce as she can lay her hands on.' It is rumored she was formally Madonna's chef.




Is this little 'nursery for the soul' a local secret?


Not exactly - we made reservations a month in advance for lunch
And we just missed Mick Jagger and Ralph Lauren who visited earlier in the week


Not your typical nursery :)


- all photos by me -



66 comments:

the fishermans cottage said...

Oh my lord, what a great place, that is going on on my wish list of places to visit, thanks Laura for sharing this, I'm going back for a second look x p.s. oh yes very nearly lol

Katherina said...

Fell in love with this place. Must go! (Just so you know, I'm actually writing it down...). Lovely pictures!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello:
During the 25 years we gardened in Herefordshire, we were always in search of nurseries of the kind which you describe here and which, very sadly, are becoming more and more difficult to find. The dreaded 'garden centre' has forced so many out of business so much so that rare and unusual plants are no longer readily available, replaced with those which are considered to be commercially viable.

Petersham Nurseries restores one's faith.

TexaGermaNadian said...

How cool is that?! And so picturesque. I am glad ya'll had a fabulous day there! Looks really amazing :)

Jen of Country Weekend said...

Oh, I'm in love. That is brilliant. And inspiring!

Robynne's Nest said...

Laura, I've been wanting to go there for ages...even when I lived in Australia. Big quandary though, do I go on the weekend...it's quite a way from me...and take my hubby....let's think...nah!...I'll really need time with all that vintage stuff! Robx
p.s. Skye is an Aussie!

Pet said...

Your blog is the Treasure Island. Gems, jewels, golden Posts. Richmond is such a lovely place. And the nursery that you have found really extraordinary, even for British standards.
I will put it straight on my list. Thanks so much for sharing all these things!

GirlSprout said...

Planning a UK trip for next year. I'll add to my list of destinations to visit. Thank you for the botanical feast!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

England has absolutely the best, best nurserys and the best flower shows too. You really know that gardening is an important pleasure and interest. this one looks like a real gem.

Meera @ firstsense said...

This has been on my places to visit list since last year when I came across a photo on their website. Need to find some and head south!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I've heard so much about Petersham and its unique and delicious restaurant. I've plans to go there in June, and I'm glad you reminded me about an early booking.

Thanks so much for the lovely tour!

Patricia said...

Yes ! I am peeing my pants ! Why doesn't Cleveland (Ohio) have something so lovely ? I love England - wish I was there.....

By the way, I enjoy your blog, photos, writing, etc. immensely - I found it a few weeks back, subscribed to it comes in my e-mail, and I'm always so happy to see a post from you. You are an excellent, funny, informative writer.....

beetree said...

So amazing! Wish it was my back yard!!! (cafe and all!) :)

dkmart said...

Oh, Laura! It's breathtaking! I think I drooled a little bit...ah, well. At least I didn't tinkle in my pants. Such is life. Thank you so much for this lovely post. Although the nurseries around here are not nearly as lovely, this certainly makes me wish I could go buy a TON of plants!
Much love,
xo Deirdre

Erin S. said...

Hi Laura, We LIVED in Richmond for the 3 1/2 years we were in England and Petersham is the sweetest village ever. You don't even know how completely and utterly I envy you that you were there. I didn't know about Petersham nursery. What a waste for me! Mick Jagger's house was right behind my son's school at the top of Richmond Hill. I saw him pulling out of his driveway a couple of times. Be glad you missed him--time has not been on his side, if you know what I mean :). Thanks for the trip down memory lane--the pleasure it conferred was greater than the naked jealousy I feel :).

Meri said...

I LOVE these! Your pictures always so completely capture my romanticized idea of what England is like! Thanks for sharing!

Dianne said...

Hi Laura - Thank you for visiting my site and I just love this shabby chic nursery - oh! to sit with a pot of English Breakfast tea surrounded by all that shabby would be truly magical.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh my gosh,I would never want to leave there....ever!! Thanks for your sweet note...all the best,Chrissy

Susan Kane said...

That is a true place for escapism. Such great photos! Wish I could transport there...

Flower Photography said...

Oh it looks delightful!!!! I would love to have a cuppa there! :-)

Mildred said...

Oooo! Yes! I peed in my pants too! Love gardening and I would love to visit there too:o)
Thanks for sharing:o)

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Birgitta said...

Great colorful photos!

Ewa said...

it looks like a great place to visit!!!

Benita said...

Great photos and what a wonderful place!

bettyl said...

Wonderful colors and it looks like such a fun place, too!

Greyscale Territory said...

What an atmospheric haven for plant lovers! I would so love to wander there! Adore the little cafe but also love that little cart in the first photo!

Linda Makiej said...

What beautiful photos - and a wonderful place!! Makes me wish I was not "across the pond" so to speak! Lovely blog!!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Yes I think I peed in my pants too lol. Such a gorgeous place. I could sit there for hours. I love your blog. Thank you for following me. I love making new blog friends.

Eden said...

What a beautiful place to visit! Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing.

Courtney said...

Oh wow - this looks like such a fabulous little place! Beautiful!

Paul said...

Beautiful photos, I really don't remember England being that bright and sunny! ;-)

Paul
http://fromsheeptoalligators.blogspot.com/

Audrey Hackman said...

I love these photos--just when I run out of ideas to paint, a jolt of inspiration comes from out of the blue (or should I say green?) I happened upon your blog, reading comments from Deirdre's site (dmkartTypad.com). From her vintage candy to your garden candy, eye candy is my guiltiest of pleasures!

Privet and Holly said...

I am so adding that to
my England wish list!
I can just see us sitting
there and gabbing for
hours!!! Thanks for taking
me along for a little preview.
(Notice my positive thinking?)
Now, let's get down to brass
tacks: What did you buy??
Have a wonderful day,
xx Suzanne

audrey Hackman said...

oops,made a mistake in listing her site. It is DKMarttypepad.com.

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, my goodness! Talk about some serious eye candy! Your photography skills are amazing and I felt like I was really there with you...peeing in my pants and all! :-)
Thank you so much for taking us on this little adventure with you (while making us jealous!) and for sharing it with us at Sister Saturday!
Vanessa

One said...

Why is everything so beautiful?!!! I actually scrolled up and down several times to admire your photos. Is it that place or is it your photography?

Teresa said...

The photos are great, and it certainly does look like a perfect place to visit for plants and lunch!

Henrietta said...

Oh my gosh,I would never want to leave there, it is a paradise. Thank for sharing this I think this is so close than I can ever get to that place:)
Greetings from Finland

Marilyn said...

Wet pants everywhere! How funny. This would be a wonderful place to visit AND have tea-a double delight for me. So different than Colorado. ♥♫

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Thanks for taking us along on your trip. I'm a follower now. You know how to hook a gal!

chubskulit said...

Very pretty!

It would be a delight to have you come and visit my flower post for today. Thanks!

Linda said...

Hello Laura, thanks for visiting my blog. I'm enjoying discovering yours.
Such a coincidence to see your post about this nursery. I read about it in Country Living and was wishing I could visit. Now my wish has been as good as granted!

Sue said...

This is my kind of place to visit- food and all! Thanks for sharing your photos and your adventure. Visiting from the Picket Fence. ~ sue

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

It's a bizarre world. I just linked up to a party at The Picket Fence and ended up right next to you, after only discovering you earlier today, when my daughter sent me a link to your site, and said we MUST go to this nursery. Only problem is I'm stateside and she's in Newcastle-on-Tyne.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I do miss British Garden Centres although maybe this is not a typical example it was still lovely to see :)

M said...

Oh how lovely! Do you use a filter on your photos? It looks like a dream scape:)
Thanks for stopping by my blog as well!
~Michelle
www.falafelandthebee.com

AJ said...

Oòòh, what a great nursery...and beautiful shots!

Ms. Pony said...

That looks like an amazing nursery! None of the ones around here offer that much ambiance, let alone Michelin star food! I hope you get to go back sometime soon!

Dimple said...

Fascinating post; this is a great idea! Something similar probably exists somewhere in the USA, but I know of none in my area.
Love your pics!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

So so beautifully.

fondly,
Glenda

Tiffany said...

Do I say I am green with envy...what a wonderful, beautiful place. Your pictures are breathtaking, I feel like I am there! Thanks so much for the visit and joining our journey at June Makes Six!

Tiffany

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

This is really near where we used to live...but, sadly, in those days we didn't have a garden so the perfect opprtunity of having such a heavenly place on my doorstep was lost. The tragedy!!

Sarahx

Nicola of Life on Orchard Road said...

Oh I wish I lived near richmond! What a gorgeous place! x

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

oh Laura, that cafe! yes peed 'em. we have an inch of snow so these images are breathtaking. that blue-green cabinet in the cafe? are you kidding me? what a find!

love to you.

michele

desha peacock said...

Are you kidding me? This is a little piece of HEAVEN. Will someone please make a garden tea haven near me in the tundra (otherwise known as Vermont)?

xoxo
fantastic post!

Ray said...

The last shot is beautiful!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I peed my pants and it's trickling down my leg! That place looks amazing! :)

flowers on my table said...

Laura it looks amazing I would love to go there and pee my pants too! You didn't say what the food was like! Love Linda x

Sara Louise said...

I would LOVE to spend an afternoon wandering around and sipping tea there. Bliss.

DoanLegacy said...

My goodness, what a wonderful place to have! Your photos show many beautiful views. I would love to spend the day there.

Robyn said...

That cafe IS soooo cute!!

(ps- look at all your lovely comments!loads!!)

:)

x

Martha (MM) said...

What a wonderful place!
Thanks for visiting :-)

wendz said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting - it's always so cool to 'find/meet/discover' other lovely bloggers.

Your photos in this post are wonderful - the colour, light and composition is so appealing. Did you take them?

I keep looking and relooking and sort of drinking the images in. Love them.

Love that place too - it's the best sort of shabby chic - not too chintzy - more natural and eclectic - as if it all came together organically.

Lauren said...

Oh wow! I LOVE this. The garden is so lovely, and the tea house is just perfection. I want to just live there. Gorgeous.

Taylor Made said...

Oh we could only dream of such green pastures...I think I need to pop of to my local plant store and find some new greens.

~Lydia Marie said...

WOW, what an amazing nursery--makes me want to catch the next plane to the U.K. Thank goodness that there is not a nursery like this near me. I'd spend all of my days and money there. Thanks for sharing, lydia