The glorious café, garden centre and lifestyle brand has expanded far beyond its Richmond roots.

Petersham Nurseries’ story is a pleasing one. In 1997, Gael and Francesco Boglione set up home with their young family at Petersham House in Richmond. The beautiful Queen Anne property overlooked a local plant nursery, carved out of the house’s original grounds.

Charmed by the nursery, the couple bought it, carried out extensive renovation works and, in 2004, opened it to the public. People of good taste flocked at once to Petersham Nurseries for its greenhouses of gorgeous plants, exquisite antiques and wooden teahouse. Shortly afterwards, the Bogliones opened a casual restaurant on-site, Petersham Nurseries Café, with their friend Skye Gyngell as head chef. The restaurant won a Michelin star in 2011. Peaceful and pretty, Petersham Nurseries Richmond continues to enchant today.

But the family-minded Bogliones are keen that the next generation move things forward. Now, their creative and visionary daughter Lara (managing director of the company since 2011) has masterminded Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden.

Based around a central courtyard and comprising two restaurants, a cocktail bar, shop, florist, deli and wine cellar, the Covent Garden outpost opened this week [April 23]. Unique, elegant and inspirational, it is one big treat.

Then there is the website. True to family form, is beautiful. The photography is seductive. The online shop is irresistible. We covet the set of four French water glasses – not least for their divine packaging. The seed boxes make perfect presents. The smart green marble top table would be at home inside or out. All in all, the tone of the site expresses perfectly the spirit of the Bogliones.

Of the Petersham empire, Lara Boglione says: “We hope to have created a place of calm, somewhere that respects and is in tune with nature and positive living.”

A dreamy afternoon spent at Richmond, a stroll around Covent Garden, a peek at the website – any one of these will prove to you that they’ve done just that.

April 2018