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PETERSHAM NURSERIES


Lying nine miles or so southwest of London between Richmond and Ham, Petersham is a place apart. There’s no high street as such and, though there are a good number of historic houses and a charming, if somewhat hidden, 18th century village lock-up, none are open to the public. By car, it would be easy to miss it entirely . . . This is Petersham Nurseries and this is its story. Over 20 years ago, Francesco and Gael Boglione decided to buy Petersham Nurseries, a small plant nursery behind their home, never thinking that it would go on to shape their lives in the most joyful and extraordinary ways. This book charts that journey, incorporating stories of the couple’s pasts—from Francesco’s travels in Afghanistan, India and Nepal to Gael’s career as a model—and illuminating how the nurseries developed in line with their commitment to nature, integrity and family. Combining the story of the Boglione family in their own words with stunning color photographs, archive photography, sketches of the changing seasons, recipes and styling tips, this is an evocative and inspiring portrait of one of the most unique businesses in the UK today.

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