Spring has sprung and when better to get out and spruce up your garden? South-west Londoners, the good news for you is that SW London is rich with excellent garden centres. Here’s four of best…
1 Battersea Flower Station
Battersea Flower Station was set up by a small team (all from Wandsworth) who left their corporate jobs with a vision of creating a place of beauty and magic. They transformed an 8,000 square foot piece of land running alongside the railway track from Battersea Park Road to Winders Road. The centre stocks all kinds of plants – climbers, trees, shrubs, seasonal bedding and herbs – and has a greenhouse full of houseplants too. Here you’ll also resident florist offering beautiful hand-tied bouquets and a gift shop and gardening shop, selling locally sourced products. Expert advice is on offer too, whether you want a (free) garden consultation service or tips for caring for window boxes/ hanging baskets. ‘We are really proud to be an important addition to SW London,’ says co-founder Lisa. At Battersea Flower Station, if you’re local, there’s free delivery. Top marks for its name, too.
16 Winders Road, Battersea SW11 3HE;
2 Fulham Palace Garden Centre
Fulham Palace Garden Centre has been serving SW London’s green-fingered residents since 1985, but has undergone many improvements over the years. It is now part of The Prince’s Trust, with further improvement to follow, but it gets the SW Resident seal of approval for its iconic location at the edge of Bishop’s Park. It’s not all about location though, the staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and many are locals who have been with the centre for years. In it you’ll find inspiring displays and an enviable range of hand-picked plants, pots, garden products, barbecues, garden furniture, house plants, cards and gifts.
Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham SW6 6EE
3 Morden Hall Garden Centre
Located in the tranquil Morden Hall kitchen garden, this National Trust property has been described as one of the most beautiful plant centres in London. Flowing through the kitchen garden is the River Wandle, and if you’re lucky, springtime visitors might be able to see families of ducks nesting along its banks.
Morden Hall Rd, Morden SM4 5JD
4 Neal’s Nurseries Garden Centre
Neal’s Nurseries in Wandsworth has previously been named one of the 50 best garden centres in the UK by The Independent and with a proven track record – it’s been serving the local community for over a century – it’s not hard to see why. Set on Wandworth Common, this sizeable garden centre is home to a wide array of garden plants and a glasshouse filled with a large selection of house plants. There’s also a shop in which you can buy garden furniture, accessories and barbecues.
Heathfield Ave, Wandsworth SW18 2PH