Tucked into a pocket of Chelsea, on Sydney Street, is an extraordinary place that looks like a charming garden shop from the outside yet betrays nothing of the wonders to be found within!
The Chelsea Gardener is an oasis where the keen gardener, or just window box novice, can discover a paradise of ideas and inspiration. The property spans almost 5,000 square feet and is brimming with plants and flowers, trees and shrubs, herbs, seeds, pots and containers. Every possible gardening tool and product is available and each season it introduces a number of seasonal products, which make wonderful presents even if you don’t have a garden! Here you will also find a wide range of garden furniture, lighting, and trellising. Most importantly, there are many trained and experienced gardeners on hand to help and advise you.
One of their most exciting and recent developments is The Landscape Gardener, based between The Chelsea Gardener and its new sister shop in Fulham, The Palace Gardener. Offering a complete service, the business is managed by Annabel Jessel, who is certified by the Royal Horticultural society, and her in-house team of twenty strong designers, project managers and garden technicians. Overseeing the landscaping department and the execution of all jobs is the Contracts Manager, Gavin Meggy. Gavin is a graduate of the three year Kew Diploma in Horticulture, accredited by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and has over thirteen years experience, including working on Gold-medal winning displays at The Chelsea Flower Show.
Whatever your needs, the Chelsea Gardener will create the perfect green outdoor space for you in London, and their work also includes year-round maintenance. As Annabel puts it, ’Specialising in urban gardens, The Landscape Gardener creates elegant alfresco designs expertly crafted to suit each client’s needs and adapted to make the most of size and location.’
The Chelsea Gardener also recently bought the nursery space on Bishops Avenue in Fulham, and opened The Palace Gardener, a sister site to the original shop in Chelsea. And in case you find yourself spending several hours there, both stores have a wonderful café.