The Sunday Times

“We painted it a dark green and it’s filled with Dicksonia, tree ferns native to Tasmania, in big zinc pots. We have a beautiful chandelier above the table, with real candles that gives it a lovely ambience. We light the candles and it becomes a very serene place to be.”

There’s no shortage of paradigms for the perfect party glasshouse. The ultimate indoor-outdoor inspiration comes from the dining rooms at fashionable hotels
such as the Pig, Lime Wood, the Newt in Somerset, Soho Farmhouse and the Grove in Hertfordshire. Lovers of period properties will also lust after the 18th-century orangery at Daylesford House, owned by Lady Bamford, the founder of Daylesford Organic. Usually kept strictly under wraps, it recently emerged on Instagram dressed to the nines in Daylesford’s collection of tableware and linens in collaboration with Colefax and Fowler. And of course there’s that original hothouse heaven: Petersham Nurseries.

When Gael Boglione, Petersham Nurseries’ Australian-born co-founder, holds family get-togethers with her four children and five grandchildren, she often hosts in her private glasshouse at Petersham House.“It is my favourite spot,” she says.“We painted it a dark green and it’s filled with Dicksonia, tree ferns native to Tasmania, in big zinc pots. We have a beautiful chandelier above the table, with real candles that gives it a lovely ambience. We light the candles and it becomes a very serene place to be.”