London is often touted as the greenest city in Europe, but what if you yearn for a little more colour in your life? What does Britain’s capital have to offer those who want to quite literally stop and smell the roses? Or those who want to buy armfuls of blooms for their lovers/friends/themselves? Lots, as it happens. This guide leads you on a fragrant trail of London’s key floral destinations, from markets and nurseries to botanic and physic gardens via trend-setting florists and flower schools. It reveals secret spaces bursting with blossom and points you to the rose gardens, herb gardens and record-breaking borders in its better known parks. And if you want to dine among flowers, learn about flowers or see how they can transform urban architecture, it’s all here too, just waiting to be discovered. A London Floral is a beautifully illustrated map which folds down to a handy pocket-sized guide listing c.85 addresses of interest. Presented in an attractive slip case and divided by area, it is clear and easy to use and appealing to art-lovers, garden-lovers and city-lovers alike.
An illustrated guide to London’s key floral destinations
Natasha Goodfellow is a writer, plant lover and Londoner who loves exploring the city and discovering new places. She writes for publications including Gardens Illustrated, Elle Decoration UK and The Simple Things and was Fair Manager for GROW London, the contemporary garden fair. She edited Head Gardeners by Ambra Edwards (Pimpernel Press, 2017).
Clover Robin is a collage artist and illustrator based in South East London. Her work focuses on themes of nature and her love of the great outdoors. Clover has illustrated a number of publications and released her own book Cut Paper Pictures published by Quarto in 2018. Clients include The National Trust, Little Tiger Books and Bloomsbury publishing among many others.