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The Boglione Family

The accidental blooming of Petersham Nurseries

When Gael and Francesco Boglione bought the run-down and heavily modified Petersham House in the 1990s, they never imagined that it would lead to them presiding over a celebrated garden centre and an internationally renowned, Michelin Green-Starred Restaurant.

In 1997, Gael and Francesco Boglione moved their young family from central London to Richmond. Their new home, Petersham House, overlooked a local plant nursery, which had been carved out of the grounds of their Queen Anne home in the 1970s.

Francesco recalls initially not knowing what to do with the place. Inspired by his youthful travels to India, when as a self-confessed hippy, he bought and sold unusual furniture, paintings, sculptures and decorations as a means of funding his expeditions. He recalls a vision materialising.

Bringing a gentle approach and an ability for drawing out beauty in the simplest of things, Gael’s natural style, elegance and attention to detail was at the heart of the transformation, evolving over the years into the strong ethos maintained today.

Over the years, Gael and Francesco have steadily nurtured the space, drawing upon their travel experiences and incorporating their Italian and Australian cultures within this English garden setting. They have created a lifestyle destination, reflective of their values, love of food and personal collections within their home.

The family is dedicated to positive living; where ethics meet aesthetics, philosophies which are interwoven in every aspect of the business. This is demonstrated from the way they look after their employees, to what is sold and served. In recent years, Gael and Francesco have encouraged their children, Petersham’s next generation, to step forward, forging a future for the nurseries and Petersham offshoots.

The Boglione Family in Press

“Since opening its doors in 2002, Petersham Nurseries has blazed the trail for eclectic bohemian chic and farm-to-fork cuisine.”

The Petersham Family