It sells a varied selection of plants, French antiques and elegant gifts - oh, and lemon polenta cake. I went there on Sunday, just before the cafe closed, but I have made a mental note to return when it is a little warmer, more fragrant and the dusty mud floor is less at risk from the damp and welly-clad masses.
Five minutes before closing, and it might have been too late for tea, but I still managed to quickly scurry round the shop. I quickly surmised that their goods could be classified into two categories.
1. Items I can afford:
Clockwise from top left: White roses in terracotta pot, string, gilt-edged notebooks, linen ribbons.
2. Then, items I definitely can't afford:
Again, clockwise from top left: Green patine cabinet, Tolix chairs, cast iron mirrors (actually, I do think these are especially fabulous and worth considering - old mirrors are rarely inexpensive - but they are sold already), French cabinet.
I love old, chipped chairs, and the Tolix chair is one of my favourite designs - but I'm not about to pay £250 for a beaten-up chair. Who would? Well, Petersham Nurseries definitely attracts a posh set; faded but wealthy rock stars and the like - I saw two people driving convertibles with the top down even though it is still mid-winter. On Sunday I saw an English actress there who has a role in an American TV show - if anyone guesses correctly who it was, I will send you a prize...