Alexandra Nurseries – Penge SE London

How happy was I to discover that a boutique independent garden centre has opened up just around the corner from my house.

Off I went the other day to see if it would live up to all the gossip I had heard about it.

The answer is most defiantly yes.

It has been set up by John and Sarah and is located in the former caretaker’s office and maintenance workshop for the Alexandra Cottages, a small estate of 181 homes built between 1866 and 1868 by the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes.

They have created a gardening oasis that is not only full of amazing plants but has been displayed beautifully and imaginatively using old pieces of furniture, ladders, bushel boxes etc.

They have a small interior area which doubles up as a vintage home store and cafe: again kitted out using up cycled furniture and found items.

The coffee is superb and all the cakes are homemade by family and friends.

There is much inspiration to be found in this amazing little garden centre.

Here are a selection of photos for you to peruse.

Click here to visit their website

Estate House, Parish Lane
Penge, London
SE20 7LJ

+44 (0) 208 778 4145


About Phill

Creative Director at International Visual

Posted on June 1, 2012, in Restaurants & Coffee Shops, Stores and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing this posting Phil. I’ve not visited this Alexandra Nurseries yet but will be sure to do so soon. Congratulations to John & Sarah for creating this beautiful boutique oasis. Reminds me a little of Petersham Nurseries and Terrain in the USA. They clearly have a thoughtful approach to merchandising and product assortment.


    • Hi John
      Yes it’s like a mini Petersham. Love Terrain but have only seen it online. Looking forward to meeting you next week.
      The nearest train station to it is Penge East which is 15 minutes from Victoria. Then a 5 minute walk from the station to the nursery. If your coming down to see it let me know and I’ll show you the way from the station. Regards Phill


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