8.10.2016

field trip: Clifton Nurseries

echinacea close-up

With all the boutique and luxury stores woven throughout London, high-consumerist mecca, of course I'd be most excited over . . . a plant nursery. My friend here had suggested I check out Clifton Nurseries, a West London garden establishment located since 1851 in a quiet neighborhood corner near the canals of Little Venice. The high-end nursery, "farm shop," and café are all quite lovely.


pink hibiscus


Clifton Nurseries "Farm Shop" interior


pink tea rose


pink-tinged white hydrangeas


yellow rose


hot-pink hibiscus


zinnias & arbor


Quince Tree Café tables, Clifton Nurseries


zinnias, Clifton Nurseries


antique blue painted wooden chest


rows of orchids, Clifton Nurseries


epiphytic rickrack cactus (Cryptocereus anthonyanus or Selenicereus anthonyanus)


exotic flowering houseplant


houseplants in greenhouse


potted succulents

Yet once there, wandering around with my camera, surrounded by familiar and exotic indoor and outdoor plants from around the world, I was mostly missing my own humble little Portland garden while daydreaming of plants I could possibly find for free on Craigslist when I get back home.


planter-pots section
 

olive trees & shrubs, Clifton Nurseries


potted olive tree (Olea Europaea) price tag


white grapes


field of flowers, Clifton Nurseries


shrubs & metal turquoise café table set


Clifton Nurseries entrance
 
Be prepared for sticker shock, though: prices are high at Clifton, which also provides landscape design services for well-to-do clients. But as a place for gardening inspiration, Clifton provides a calm spot to escape the bustle of nearby Paddington Station. Sales associates also let customers browse without any impatience or hovering—offering a refreshing, freeing anonymity.


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