Great news for gardeners. After being shut since March 23, and despite lobbying from a number of well-known gardening figures, garden centres in England have now reopened for business, with social distancing measures一本道理不卡一二三区 in place.
New guidance for garden centres from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) states: "It is essential that all businesses carry out a full risk assessment of their entire premises before any reopening takes place. Cafes and restaurants should remain closed – no onsite food consumption. Play areas must remain closed and preferably locked or cordoned off.
"Products to be sold to focus on plants; seeds; bulbs; composts /growing media; pots/ planters; garden hardware, pet foods and accessories; bird care; food products/cookware/giftware."
For those who live in the capital who are looking for their London garden centre fix, look no further than our round-up of the very best places, below.
1. Petersham Nurseries, Richmond
The great grand-daddy of nurseries and garden centres, Petersham is well known for being simply beautiful, and not just for its flowers – the food is delicious too. Really, it’s an all-day job. And why not?
Petersham Rd, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AB |
2. Boma Garden Centre, NW5
Tucked away snugly in Kentish Town, north London, Boma Garden Centre is open seven days a week for all your gardening needs. From bedding plants, pots and cans to complete landscaping projects, Boma has everything on offer.
51-53 Islip St, Kentish Town, London NW5 2DL |
3. Alleyn Park Garden Centre, SE21
Have you ever heard of a garden centre being 'boutique'? Well, Alleyn Park is. With an emphasis on stocking plants and fruit from small UK suppliers, it is famously a brilliant place for pick up all your gardening essentials. Swing by the gift shop for all the tools you could ever need.
77 Park Hall Road, London, SE21 8ES |
4. Clifton Nurseries, W9
Located in Maida Vale, and established in 1851, Clifton Nurseries has every little bit of gardening charm you could long for. From swoon-worthy succulents to a plethora of perennials, you won't go home empty-handed from Clifton. They also offer marvellous design and landscaping services, should that float your boat.
5A Clifton Villas, London, W9 2PH |
5. The Chelsea Gardener, SW3
一本道理不卡一二三区The garden centre to end all garden centres, The Chelsea Gardener stocks gorgeous outdoor furniture, all your essentials, and all those little bits that you didn't know you needed until now. If there was ever a garden centre wishlist, that's pretty much it.
Chelsea Farmers' Market, 125 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR |
6. Adrian Hall Garden Centres, SW14 and TW13
Adrian Hall has two garden centre locations - one in Sheen, in Richmond and the other in Feltham, in Hounslow. Both are smashing, stocking all the little bit you need from planters to furniture, pots to little pressies.
Feltham Garden Centre, Snakey Lane Feltham Middlesex TW13 7ND;
Sheen Garden Centre, 181-189 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, SW14 8DU |
7. Sunshine Garden Centre, N11
一本道理不卡一二三区Just down the roads from Bounds Green station in north London, Sunshine Garden Centre has been going since 1990, and is a real part of the local community. Stocking super barbecue furniture, outdoor goodies and a whole range of plants and flowers, at Sunshine, you'll find everything you're looking for.
Durnsford Road, London, N11 2EL |
8. Battersea Flower Station, SW11
London's prettiest independent garden centre comes with a florist, too. They deliver pots and flowers locally, but if you pop in then you're bound to go away with bagfuls of everything you could ever need to make your garden a magical place to be.
16 Winders Road, Battersea, Wandsworth, London SW11 3HE |
9. The Palace Gardener, SW6
Fulham Palace recently put their garden centre through an extensive refurbishment and the result couldn't be better. The family business (run by the second and third generations of the Fenwick family) sells everything from houseplants to barbecues and feels definitively Fulham. Save time to enjoy the cafe's salads, sourdoughs and (Aperol) Spritzes.
Bishop's Avenue, London, SW6 6EE |
10. Wheelers of Turnham Green, W4
This pint-sized garden centre, nestled next to Turnham Green tube station, is an absolute treat to walk through. They offer a wide range of both products and services; everything from shrubs and furniture to full design and landscaping. For those who love kitschy garden ornaments, their unique selection can't be missed.
Cato’s Yard, Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London, W4 1LR |