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  • Writer's pictureKatie Hardwick

Petersham Nurseries opens in Covent Garden

Today, Petersham Nurseries opens its shop and deli on King Street in Covent Garden, in a huge and beautiful space filled with the luscious plants and objects which you can also find at their original Richmond-upon-Thames location. This is just the beginning of plans for the London location, as a bar, restaurant and courtyard are still to open.

Last night, VIP guests attended an opening party with cocktails, canapes, music and live performance. The entertainment was curated by artistic director of Petersham Road, Anna Raffaella Boglione. Bespoke costumes were made by Charli Parker, and a team of hair and makeup artists, led by Samantha Norman, used natural moss, gold leaf and body paint to adorn all event and shop staff, as well as creating four magical characters on physical performers.

Katie Hardwick ethereal stilt walker for Petersham Nurseries

Two male dancers from Rambert performed contemporary dance in the window, whilst my sister and I were statuesque mossy ladies on stilts, with wooden staffs.


Sisters Katie and Maddy Hardwick stilt walking for Petersham Nurseries as ethereal mossy characters

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden Shop Opening Event with Petersham Road

Giant mossy stilt nymph at Petersham Nurseries for Petersham Road

Towards the end of the evening, we broke character and danced with the guests.

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden Shop Opening Party Stilts Dancing

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