Homegirl London’s Shop Snoop: Petersham Nurseries Shop in Richmond. I was on a long walk through Richmond Park last week when we made a detour to Petersham Nurseries. I fell in love with this place on first sight and was smitten by the amazing shop. You’ll find shabby chic furniture, antique chandeliers and French garden benches along with distressed stoneware pots and gorgeous gifts. Join me in a snoop around the pretty Petersham Nurseries Shop.
Petersham Nurseries Shop Homewares and Gifts
The shop merchandise is sourced by Ronny de Koning and Giselle McCarthy which is displayed inside a giant greenhouse. I’ll tell you about the homeware products first which you can buy for yourself or as a gift. You’ll find a wonderful selection of candles including the French brand Astier de Villatte. Their candles are housed inside hand blown glass and the scent evokes memories of dream locations around the world. French Cire Trudon Candles were prominently featured, they are the oldest candle maker in the world. Alternatively, you can try the L:A Bruket Candles made from natural and organic ingredients. Hurricane lanterns and brass lanterns are also available.
Cire Trudon Candles
Tableware includes Astier de Villatte white porcelain products with ornate designs ranging from plates to serving platters, fruit stands and cake stands. If you prefer a more relaxed look go for the Wonki Ware bowls and plates which are slightly misshapen in subtle colours to create an informal table setting. Ceramic water jugs, mugs and teapots are available.
The glassware collection is extensive with flutes, wine glasses, water glasses, tumblers and carafes. There is a good mix of clear, colour and etched glass. The fine Danish glassware was pretty. I also saw a lovely display of etched glassware featuring ferns and stars. The vintage style glass jars and jugs in green are worth checking out.
As you’d expect they have quite a few botanical products including delicate botanical pictures of ferns and flora presented in black natural wood frames. The handmade pressed flower vases, teapots, jugs and bowls were very pretty. The Felicity Jones Platinum Leaf Collection of tableware is adorable.
Felicity Jones Platinum Leaf Tableware
In the main shop and the Garden Shop you will find a selection of rustic plant pots, many had an antique or distressed feel. Stoneware planters included plinths, cups, urns, trumpet pots and window boxes. They also had terracotta, concrete and glazed planters and pots. Vintage pieces include German stoneware pots and authentic Biot pottery pots from France in a range of sizes.
Stoneware garden ornaments included stone fountains and a range of animal pieces from squirrels to deer, stags, owls, dogs, frogs and swans. You’ll find these scattered around the shop so keep a look out.
Decorative accessories include brightly coloured ceramic vases. Glass vases and glass bottles are also available in blue and green hues. You can mix and match a variety of pieces to create a stunning decorative display.
Other items included Chunni chopping boards which are handmade from sustainable mango wood, some of which have leather ties for hanging your beautiful board when it’s not in use. Housekeeping essentials included brooms, various scrubbing brushes, and feather dusters. You can also buy Hogla baskets for storage and log baskets.
Beauty products come toiletries included L:A Bruket bath salts, Marius Fabre liquid soap pumps. Fragrant soaps from heritage Portuguese brand Claus Porto wrapped in pretty packaging. The Valencian orange and lavender handmade soaps are made from Priddy essential oils.
Petersham Nurseries Shop Furniture and Lighting
You’ll see plenty of furniture dotted around the shop and garden furniture outside. Some pieces have been used for display purposes so check for a price label which will indicate it is for sale. The vintage garden furniture includes rolled top metal benches, curved metal benches, French wooden benches, metal rocking chairs and decorative garden chairs, steel garden tables and an original Carrera marble dining table.
Linen Day Bed
Furniture for the home includes a selection of vintage and antique tables, console tables and coffee tables. My favourites included an Italian industrial workbench and a Dublin table with stone top and a Belgian bluestone and oak table. Seating ranged from linen day beds to wooden benches. Storage includes sideboards, apothecary cupboards, dressers, armoires and wardrobes. I loved the glazed housekeeper’s cabinet, French country cupboard, blue school cupboard and the original French bank of drawers with zinc cup handles. They also stock a wide range of French doors and shutters should you want to use these to decorate your home.
The lighting selection includes exquisite antique chandeliers made from French or Italian crystal. The crystal ball chandeliers were stunning as were the gout chandeliers. An alternative to glass is the majestic bead montgolfiere chandelier created from wooden beads with gilt candle holders.
Petersham Nurseries Shop Information
Petersham Nurseries is a garden center with a shop selling furniture, home accessories and gifts. There is the Garden Shop where you will find more plant pots, indoor plants, packets seeds, etc. Outside you will find plants, benches, water features, urns and benches displayed. For refreshments book lunch at The Café which is the restaurant with Damian Clisby as head chef. If you want a light lunch or tea and cake try The Teahouse where you can enjoy salad, quiche or sandwiches in the green house.
Our Tea and Cake
To find out more visit the Petersham Nurseries Website. The address is Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AB. The nearest train station is Twickenham (South West Trains). Usual opening hours for the shop and nursey are Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy and Rich for visiting with me.