19/05/2012

Try your green thumb out at The Fulham Palace Garden Centre

In London, Fulham is known as Nappy Valley, a place young families flock to from hipper more expensive areas when space both inside and out becomes a priority... It is also the land of Victorian Houses, with their tiny yet precious little back gardens. Visit a few, and you will find in the gardens' diversity a reflection of the mix of cultures and personalities of the residents. Ours, for example, is a paved garden filled with traditional Northern European blooms such as a wisteria, a few camelias, a cherry tree and a magnolia, but next door our neighbours have a super modern tiled garden with a couple of palm trees. 


With so many garden lovers, it's no wonder Fulham is home to one of the coolest garden centres in West London: The Fulham Palace Garden Centre. Part of the Prince's Trust, it's become my favourite place to pick up Spring bulbs, potted aromatic herbs, and a whole load of quirky home and garden needs which are tough to find elsewhere... 

We stopped by earlier today, to replenish my aromatic garden, and buy a new orchid for our grown-up living room (for Monsieur Baby's living room we tend to stick to plastic and wooden toys, not fragile oriental flowers...) I also toyed with the idea of getting a couple of new climbers for our garden, but couldn't decide which ones, maybe next time! 


So, if you can't get tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show, how about trying a little ornamental gardening yourself this season?

The Fulham Palace Garden Centre
Bishops Avenue
London SW6

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