Freelance writer and wanderer always on the lookout for quirky activities that take you off the beaten track.
Published November 30th 2011
When I was a kid I used to whinge when my parents dragged me along to garden centres on the weekend. They wanted to fulfil their dreams of having a heavenly Garden of Eden in our backyard, but as they blissfully picked out roses and sprinklers and filled our car boot to the brim with smelly mulch, I'd bitterly complain and wish we were at the cinema or shopping arcade instead. These days, however, nurseries are a welcome escapism from the chaos and concrete of the city, and although now I am sadly lacking a garden in my minuscule one bedroom flat, I'll happily peruse the flowers, ferns and garden wares at garden centres until my otherwise unused green thumb is satisfied.
Located in the heart of Kensington, Rassells Nursery is one of the oldest and finest garden centres in central London. It is a kind of organic getaway from the cosmopolitan commotion that bustles around it. Positioned right on the crux of Earls Court Road, the small and somewhat unassuming shop front opens up into a green paradise, filled with pots, plants, window boxes, seedlings, fertilizers and much more. Most people will be surprised to see the range that spills out from behind the entrance, filling nearly the entire Georgian square.
While their assortment of products and plants are of course seasonal, they also make sure to stock certain items year round, including terracotta and plastic pots, grass seed, compost, organic fertilizers, house plants and window boxes.
In addition to the garden centre they also provide a number of soft landscaping garden services that include planting, fencing and irrigation systems, among others. So even if you don't know your geraniums from your pansies, or are in need of a friendly hand to install new turf, Rassells Nursery will be able to assist.
They also offer florist services for everything from hand tied bouquets and Christmas wreaths to wedding flowers and table centre pieces. Their gifted and welcoming cut flower department is complimented by a wide range of floristry sundries and helpful, charming staff who know what they're doing and care about it too.
If you're tired of the urban landscape or looking for inspiration (or help!) to fix up your garden, then pay Rassells Nursery a visit. The refreshing green scenery and friendly staff will make you feel welcome and brighten your day, no matter how grey. And definitely drag the kids along, they'll appreciate it someday.