London isn’t exactly thin on the ground when it comes to picturesque plant shops and glorious garden centres, but if you tell us that there’s a little horticultural haven nestled inside a railway arch at Nunhead station; you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll come running.
What started out as a derelict patch of bramble-covered land was discovered by Peter Milne and Alejandro Beltran back in 2015, and transformed into an idyllic, independently owned garden store: The Nunhead Gardener. This verdant oasis provides its visitors with the joy and serenity of being surrounded by glorious greenery within a city where you usually spend your time surrounded by high-rise buildings and the armpits of fellow commuters.
From the moment you step inside, you’re enveloped by the sights and smells of nature; from ferns and flowers to herbs and houseplants. The brick walls are adorned with all manner of foliage (and a plant pot chandelier) and it’s clear to see that the owners weren’t just aiming to create a space to sell plants; but a place to delight and inspire its visitors.
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a complete novice with nothing more than a plant pot and some enthusiasm to your name; the horticultural experts on hand will offer you any gardening advice you require.
Find anything and everything you may need to kit out your home jungle, treat your loved ones to a lovely bunch of flowers, or just pop in to browse and unwind. Whatever the reason for your visit; it’s the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Be warned though: you’ll need excellent willpower if you plan to leave this treasure trove without your arms full of gorgeous plants, flowers and homeware. Sorry.
We all know that spending time in nature is good for your soul, so why not branch out a bit and head on down to The Nunhead Gardener for a blooming lovely time – you honestly won’t be-leaf you’re in Zone 2 London (okay, I’ll stop now).