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London, for all its concrete sprawl, is a surprisingly green city. An Englishman’s (or woman’s) home might be his castle but the garden is the family’s real retreat from the pressures of urban living.

Any comments - or a suggestion for a London secret? Please e-mail me.

Garden Shops

Syon Park

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s home is the last surviving ducal residence with estate in London. Its gardens are laid out over 40 acres with some 200 species of rare trees. The centrepiece is the Great Conservatory, built in 1826.

Brentford TW8
Tel: +44 (0)20 8560 0881
Rail: Kew Bridge
www.syonpark.co.uk

Clifton Nurseries

Established in 1851, this nursery has an extensive plant collection and an imaginative range of plant containers, sculpture, furniture and gifts. Its award-winning garden design team are world-famous.

5a Clifton Villas W9
Tel: +44 (0)20 289 6851
Tube: Warwick Avenue
www.clifton.co.uk

Petersham Nursery

This delightful garden centre , specialising in herbaceous perennials, also boasts a lovely cafe and a shop full of things both beautiful and useful. Its cook book reflects the depth of care that goes into every aspect of the centre.

Petersham Road, Richmond
Tel: +44 (0)20 8940 5230
Tube/Rail: Richmond
www.petershamnurseries.com

Fulham Palace
Garden Centre

Regular talks on all aspects of gardening is only one part of a compete service for the town gardener. Hanging baskets are a speciality - winning medals at the Hampton Court Flower Show.

Bishop's Avenue SW6
Tel: +44 (0)20 7736 2640
Tube/: Putney Bridge
www.fulhamgardencentre.com/

Alleyn Park
Garden Centre

With olive trees hand-picked in Tuscany, it’s no surprise that quality is king here. The centre has a good relation-ship with many small UK growers and also encourages organic and wildlife gardeners.

77 Hall Road SE21
Tel: +44(0)20 8670 7788
Rail: West Dulwich
www.alleynpark.co.uk

Ginkgo Garden Centre

Hard to find, but worth the effort is this hidden gem. It offers landscape design and build and tree surgery as well as a large and eclectic mix of trees. plants and climbers - the majority grown from their own stock.

Railway arches, Ravenscourt Avenue, off King St W6
Tel: +44(0)20 8563 7112
Tube: Ravenscourt Park
www.ginkgogardens.co.uk

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