At the Nurseries.


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A M O N G S T   T H E   F L O W E R S .

Growing up, garden centres visits were something of a ritual.

My family and I would meet my cousins and uncle at one or other of our many local garden centres every other Sunday, for cake and tea and hours of chatter.

I’d pick up my Grandma on my way home from lectures on Wednesdays during my first year or so of university, and we’d head over to the garden centre just across from where she lived for a happy afternoon of shopping and pottering and updating one another on our lives.

Christmas just wasn’t Christmas until we’d visited the festive displays in our favourite local nursery, and my sister and I would comment every year on how it never felt as sparkly or magical as the previous year’s display. Over the past decade, these traditions have changed and evolved, as our family has done the same.

But nevertheless, a garden centre visit still holds a special place in my heart…

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I met Tania in Richmond a few days ago, and together we moseyed our way along the river towards Petersham Nurseries. Tania had never been before, you see, and so we thought it was about time for a visit!

I’d been to Petersham 18 months or so ago with friends, back when the nursery was beginning to bloom in full summer glory.

This visit was decidedly chillier, a little breezier, but my goodness, just as beautiful as ever.

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Summer’s soft pinks and corals and lilacs have faded away, and instead the flower beds and potting tables now are filled with deep rust and berry tones.

The vines that have threaded their way across the ceiling of the greenhouse (that doubles as a cafe) are heavy with grapes, and the whole nursery is a feast for the eyes.

Not to mention the camera lens…

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We could’ve stayed there all afternoon, Tania and I. And thinking about it now, we pretty much did.

Lunch was bought and enjoyed in the greenhouse (a taleggio and kale bake for Tania, chickpea and potato curry for me, plus a slice of chocolate cake to share), and we fell in love a hundred times over with the idea of owning a vine-filled greenhouse big enough to set up a dining table in. Can you even imagine the dinner parties?

The rest of our afternoon was spent wandering up and down the beds, taking 101 photos of the vibrant dahlias and herbs and greenery, and talking about how much we both loved playing hide and seek during the garden centre visits we made as children.

Not that there was ever any doubt that our friendship were solid as a rock, but sharing a love of garden centres cemented it that bit further.


I’m wearing :: Scarf (< almost identical!) || Roll-neck jumper || Riding pants || Boots | Handbag

I must just take a brief minute to talk to you about that dreamboat of a roll-neck I’m wearing. It’s without doubt the most cosy, yet effortlessly stylish jumper I’ve ever owned, and I’m yet to go a day whilst wearing it that it doesn’t get complimented.

All that, *and* it doesn’t need hand washing? Consider my heart officially stolen!

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  • Lauren S

    Garden centres in the autumn are so lovely, those crisp oranges are beautiful! So lovely to hear about your family traditions :)

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • sophie warner

    Ah such a pretty place! Autumn is fully in bloom now!

  • Jessica Riley

    I’m right with you on garden centre days out. I blame my parents but I do love a good potter around.


  • Marie

    BEAUTIFUL pictures ! Loving that nail polish :)

  • Jasmin Charlotte

    So obsessed with that scarf! It looks amazing. I love me some garden centres too! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Emily Petracco @ Honey + Flour

    Always in awe of how beautifully you photograph, Rosie!

    I used to work in a garden centre and it was magical. Especially around Christmastime, absolutely magical.

    emily | honey + flour

  • Mimmi

    I love visiting nurseries. These photos are incredibly beautiful! Love the outfit as well, especially the scarf!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  • Polly Rowan

    I’ve only been here once for a coffee but I think I need to make a trip back! That roll neck jumper is heavenly. I love the sleeve detail. x

  • Yelle

    visiting green houses this time of year is my favorite! i much prefer it versus visiting in summer.

  • Rachel Harris

    Such lovely pictures!! I love a good garden center visit!

    Rachel – Cake Doesn’t Count x

  • Lucy Blight

    I also have a garden centre visiting tradition – especially at Christmas time! Breakfast in my local one is the best. Great post!

    I was just wondering if you could please tell me what nail polish you are wearing in these beautiful photos? Such a pretty shade :)

  • Maddie Elizabeth

    Such gorgeous autumnal pictures!x

  • Frankie |

    Oooh eating cake in garden centres totally reminds me of my mother… we used to do that a lot x

  • Catherine Lux

    Sometimes you just can’t beat a good autumnal visit to a garden centre! My grandma and I do it every time I visit her, and I treasure our times wandering round looking at pretty flowers together so much.

    C x | Lux Life

  • Ashleigh

    Love this! Makes me want to shop for boots! xx


  • bee.

    So much pretty.

    Also, I need that scarf.

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I adore Petersham Nurseries! It’s always a favourite of mine to visit – I’m so lucky that I live pretty close. Your jumper looks wonderfully cosy – lovely! xxx

  • April @ aprileveryday

    Garden Centres are my favourite! I remember as a kid, my mum would take us to the garden centre for the afternoon during the summer holidays and we’d pick out so many flowers for the garden and have lunch. I absolutely love them! Also, I need that scarf! So perfect for autumn!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Rebecca Eddison

    I’m always thrilled to find someone with an affinity for garden centres under the age of 50! We have some specialist nurseries here with display gardens and it is beautiful, when we visited England I actually made my husband visit garden centres up and down the country because I was so inspired by them!

  • Rachel

    Ah, gorgeous photos! I also have a serious case of scarf envy right now. Autumn just makes me want to be outside jumping in big piles of leaves and seeing my breath in the air. Love it!

  • Sophie | The Littlest Things

    Absolute pure gorgeousness! xxx

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