A palm house was an impressive status symbol in Victorian Britain – and my, how those Victorian ladies would have loved to show off these charming palm house necklaces! Inspired by our very own local palm house in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, these beautiful pieces are painstakingly handmade from four layers of perspex combined with hand drawn laser-cut elements and intricately painted detail, visible on both sides of the reversible necklace which certainly makes for a charming feature as we see the interior and exterior of the palm house! Each piece is hung from a silver plated chain and the necklace comes in a presentation gift box, making a perfect gift.
With several examples to be found today in major parks and gardens including Kew, the palm house is an ornate iron and glass structure, essentially a specialised greenhouse for growing palms and other tropical and sub-tropical plants and thus requiring constant heat. The example we are lucky to have here in Sefton Park is a Grade II listed three-tier dome conservatory palm house, designed and built by MacKenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh in the tradition of Joseph Paxton’s glass houses. It was originally stocked with an abundantly rich collection of exotic plantlife, however since the second World War, it has had a tumultuous few decades, starting during the 1941 Blitz when a nearby bomb shattered the glass, necessitating repair some years later. Over the years, deterioration sadly set in and the palm house was closed in the 80’s for safety, remaining derelict until the early 90’s when a public funding campaign and charity status initiated the repair, re-opening and further restoration of the structure. Today, Sefton Park’s beautiful Palm House is a popular destination and enduring local icon, earning a fondness in many a local’s heart. And why not wear a little version near your heart!
The Sefton Palm House necklace is newly available in store at Larks.