Fulham Palace Garden Centre returns for Spring launch

Green-fingered residents will be pleased to hear the Fulham Palace Garden Centre has finally reopened as The Palace Gardener.

The centre – which recently underwent renovation works after being empty since 2014 – is run by the same team behind The Chelsea Gardener.

The half-acre garden centre in Fulham Palace Road with its iconic glasshouses near Fulham Palace opened its doors to the public last week.

“It’s fantastic news to hear that this great garden centre has opened its doors once again to residents and visitors,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“It’s great to see it back in business and even better that it will also help in our ambition to become the greenest borough in the country.”

Long horticultural history

The family behind the company running Fulham’s new garden centre have a long tradition in horticulture.

The Fenwick family began their journey in the late 1930s while running nurseries in the Essex area before taking over a piece of land that was once in the grounds of The Brompton Hospital and is now the hugely popular Chelsea Gardener in Sydney Street in nearby Chelsea.

Palace Gardener will become the sprouting H&F sibling with its indoor and outdoor plants, trees, garden furniture and sundries. And there will be a wealth of knowledge available for all your garden design and maintenance concerns.

Meanwhile, the Glasshouse Café – which is run by the Massarella family – adds a touch of Italian flavour to the venue. 

Fulham Palace Garden Centre was originally managed by the Fairbridge Trust to help disadvantaged youngsters into work.

For more details, visit: www.palacegardener.com.

Hammersmith garden company scoops major UK award

Meanwhile, the W6 Garden Centre in Ravenscourt Avenue, Hammersmith, picked up the boutique garden centre of the year accolade at the 2017 Garden Retails Awards.

Founder Beryl Henderson discovered the unloved piece of land under the railways arches of Ravenscourt Park tube station in 2011 and went on to create an urban garden centre that ticks all the boxes for garden lovers. They picked up the first of their Boutique Garden Centre of the Year awards in 2015.

For more details, visit: www.w6gardencentre.co.uk.

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