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Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden London's Oldest Botanical Garden Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation.

Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. Throughout the 1700s it was one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum.

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We are excited to announce that Chelsea Physic Garden is a part of the Groundwork and National Lottery Heritage Fund  pr...
03/02/2023

We are excited to announce that Chelsea Physic Garden is a part of the Groundwork and National Lottery Heritage Fund programme, which is offering 12 month paid traineeships to young people.

You can find out more and apply at: http://ow.ly/NnxZ50MEkgN

Image 1: Jayyidah during her traineeship at Chelsea Physic Garden.
Image 2: School group on Black History Month trail around the Garden. Credit Fikayo Adebajo.

Garden Updates - the Garden team have been busy!1) The small orange flags indicate that a specimen may have moved or be ...
03/02/2023

Garden Updates - the Garden team have been busy!

1) The small orange flags indicate that a specimen may have moved or be labelled incorrectly. In spring, bulbous plants start shooting and are visible which allows these indicators to be revised.

2) rose plants have been arched into a beautiful dome-like structure. In addition to creating a living sculpture, this technique helps promote healthy buds to grow.

3) Stones lining beds shift and become buried in time. The stones lining a bed near the Cool Fernery have been dug up and re-placed to maintain the structure of the bed.

Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden during ‘A Dash of Lavender’, celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Q***r B...
02/02/2023
Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden during ‘A Dash of Lavender’, celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with ***rbotany

On the ‘A Dash of Lavender’ trail, you will find Crocus tommasinianus. Crocus have been a symbol of q***r love for thousands of years. Come during February to find out why.

Book tickets:
https://bit.ly/3Y9QRX0.

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Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden during ‘A Dash of Lavender’, celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Q***r Botany (1 - 28 February

On the ‘A Dash of Lavender’ trail, you will find Crocus tommasinianus. Crocus have been a symbol of q***r love for thousands of years. Come during February to find out why.

Book tickets and browse events: https://bit.ly/3Y9QRX0

View Crocus Reel: https://www.instagram.com/p/CoKSGXfAijK/

Open now: A Dash of Lavender garden trail and outdoor exhibitions. Chelsea Physic Garden is celebrating LGBTQ+ History M...
01/02/2023

Open now: A Dash of Lavender garden trail and outdoor exhibitions. Chelsea Physic Garden is celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Q***r Botany throughout February, with special events and a Garden trail.

Book now: http://ow.ly/mr8K50MGsSG

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'If a tree falls, does it hear sound?' Writing Workshop: As a part of A Dash of Lavender: Celebrating LGBTQ+ history mon...
31/01/2023

'If a tree falls, does it hear sound?' Writing Workshop: As a part of A Dash of Lavender: Celebrating LGBTQ+ history month with Q***r Botany, join LiLi K. Bright for this exciting workshop.

Explore what it might be to experience your environment from a tree’s perspective. Write into new imaginings of q***r interconnectivity, woven ecologies and intuitive communing.

Sunday 12 February, 10am - 12pm.

Book tickets: https://bit.ly/3Y9QRX0.

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Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden during ‘A Dash of Lavender’, celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Q***r B...
30/01/2023
Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden during ‘A Dash of Lavender’, celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with ***rbotany

On the ‘A Dash of Lavender’ trail, you will find Xanthoria parietina, which is commonly known as Golden Shield Lichen. Lichens are a partnership between fungi and either algae, cyanobacteria or yeast. Come and find out why it is included on the trail.

Book tickets for February:
https://bit.ly/3wCBFWK.

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Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden during ‘A Dash of Lavender’, celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Q***r Botany.

On the ‘A Dash of Lavender’ trail, you will find Xanthoria parietina, which is commonly known as Golden Shield Lichen. Lichens are a partnership between fungi and either algae, cyanobacteria or yeast. Come and find out why it is included on the trail.

Book tickets for February: https://bit.ly/3wCBFWK

Watch the reel here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CoCkarJg2pf/

27/01/2023

We are thrilled to launch the Chelsea Physic Garden Podcast! Join hosts Jessica Reagan and Ned Sedgwick as they explore the fascinating world of plants and the impact they have had on history. The first three episodes are all about hibiscus, ginger and orange.

Chelsea Physic Garden has partnered with Belvoir Farm to celebrate their botanical sodas range. A range of three, nature-inspired sodas including Floral Fizz, Bitter Orange Spritz and Spicy Ginger Fizz. Bringing something deliciously different to your usual mixer.

Listen on our website: http://ow.ly/xb5H50MCiiG or wherever you get your podcasts.

A Dash of Lavender: Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Q***r Botany (1 February – 28 February 2023)For LGBTQ+ History...
26/01/2023

A Dash of Lavender: Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with Q***r Botany (1 February – 28 February 2023)

For LGBTQ+ History Month, Chelsea Physic Garden is collaborating with Q***r Botany to look at plants, fungi and lichen through a q***r lens. As a part of A Dash of Lavender, there will be a trail around the Garden, with installations and outdoor exhibitions. You can enjoy events including drawing workshops, a poetry evening and a panel discussion.

Q***r Botany studies the connections between q***rness and plants through events, storytelling, and design. Since the 1400s and the expansion of western colonial powers, nature and plants have been examined through a predominantly heteronormative, European and male point of view. Q***r Botany aims to share marginalised perspectives and support more diverse representations in the environment and outdoors.

See all events and book tickets here: https://bit.ly/3ZZhtMp.

Heralding Spring is extended to Sunday 29 January. Visit this Sunday to browse the plant sale and explore the Heralding ...
26/01/2023

Heralding Spring is extended to Sunday 29 January. Visit this Sunday to browse the plant sale and explore the Heralding Spring trail.

Book your tickets: https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs

Beautiful Kokedama can be spotted around the Garden. Kokedama is a ball of soil, covered in moss and planted. This pract...
23/01/2023
Beautiful Kokedama can be spotted around the Garden. Kokedama is a ball of soil, covered in moss and planted. This practice comes from Japan and allows plants to grow without pots. Kokedama can be hung from above or placed in small dishes.

Spot them in person during Heralding Spring (Sunday 22 January - Sunday 29 January), the start of the Garden’s 350 year anniversary celebrations.

Buy tickets:
https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

Beautiful Kokedama can be spotted around the Garden. Kokedama is a ball of soil, covered in moss and planted. This practice comes from Japan and allows plants to grow without pots. Kokedama can be hung from above or placed in small dishes.

Spot them in person during Heralding Spring (Sunday 22 January - Sunday 29 January), the start of the Garden’s 350 year anniversary celebrations.

Buy tickets: https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

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Talk: A Passion for Snowdrops with George G. Brownlee: We’re very excited to welcome George G. Brownlee for a talk on hi...
21/01/2023

Talk: A Passion for Snowdrops with George G. Brownlee:
We’re very excited to welcome George G. Brownlee for a talk on his book ‘A Passion for Snowdrops: a personal perspective’.

A Q&A will follow with the audience and copies of ‘A Passion for Snowdrops: a personal perspective’ will be available for sale.

This talk is part of our Chelsea Physic Garden’s 350 anniversary year and part of the
Heralding Spring events.

Sunday 22 January, 2.30pm - 3.30pm.

Book tickets at: http://ow.ly/IslN50MtLF5

Family Snowdrop Kokedama workshop: Join our team for a family workshop to create your own kokedama with snowdrops. A kok...
18/01/2023

Family Snowdrop Kokedama workshop: Join our team for a family workshop to create your own kokedama with snowdrops.

A kokedama is a ball of soil, covered in moss and planted. This practice comes from Japan and allows plants to grow without pots.

Part of Heralding Spring, celebrating the beginning of our 350 year anniversary in 2023.

Sunday 22 January, 10am, 12pm, 2pm.

Book tickets at: http://ow.ly/HY1650MtL2m.

Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic GardenHyacinthoides mauritanica is a bulbous geophyte, originating from Morocco a...
16/01/2023
Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden

Hyacinthoides mauritanica is a bulbous geophyte, originating from Morocco and Portugal. Geophytes are perennial plants with underground storage organs such as bulbs or tubers. These storage organs protect buds underground which can survive and grow following adverse weather, which may perish the plant above-ground.

Hyacinthoides are flowering plant family, commonly known as bluebells. Other geophytes include the Narcissus genus which includes daffodils and the Solanum genus which includes potatoes.

Come and find this plant in the Garden from 22 January when we reopen for Heralding Spring. This early-spring celebration is the start of our 350 year anniversary.

Book tickets:
https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden

Hyacinthoides mauritanica is a bulbous geophyte, originating from Morocco and Portugal. Geophytes are perennial plants with underground storage organs such as bulbs or tubers. These storage organs protect buds underground which can survive and grow following adverse weather, which may perish the plant above-ground.

Hyacinthoides are flowering plant family, commonly known as bluebells. Other geophytes include the Narcissus genus which includes daffodils and the Solanum genus which includes potatoes.

Come and find this plant in the Garden from 22 January when we reopen for Heralding Spring. This early-spring celebration is the start of our 350 year anniversary.

Book tickets: https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CneqTeCqGcH/

Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic GardenHyacinthoides aristidis is a bulbous plant which originates from Algeria an...
12/01/2023
Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden

Hyacinthoides aristidis is a bulbous plant which originates from Algeria and Tunisia. It is perennial which is part of the Asparagaceae family. This flowering plant family also includes the Agave and Asparagus genera.

Come and find this plant in the Garden from 22 January when we reopen for Heralding Spring. This early-spring celebration is the start of our 350 year anniversary.

Book tickets:
https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden

Hyacinthoides aristidis is a bulbous plant which originates from Algeria and Tunisia. It is perennial which is part of the Asparagaceae family. This flowering plant family also includes the Agave and Asparagus genera.

Come and find this plant in the Garden from 22 January when we reopen for Heralding Spring. This early-spring celebration is the start of our 350 year anniversary.

Book tickets: https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CnUeWE0KOZ5/

Throughout our 350 anniversary year, the Garden will be focussing on what it means to be ‘A physic garden for the future...
10/01/2023

Throughout our 350 anniversary year, the Garden will be focussing on what it means to be ‘A physic garden for the future’. Chelsea Physic Garden will highlight the ongoing importance of plant science to our understanding of climate change and biodiversity, drawing on the Garden’s own experiences as a unique microclimate.

We will also explore the life of plants under glass and the role of plant science in the future of food and medicines as the Garden celebrates the re-opening of our historic glasshouses in September as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Glasshouse Restoration Project.

London’s oldest botanic garden is marking its 350-year anniversary in 2023, using its past to create a vision for its future. Across the year Chelsea Physic Garden will explore three key themes: ‘Horticulture for humankind’, ‘Unlocking our collections’ and ‘A physic garden for the future’. Look out for new and exciting events coming up in 2023, including a Spring Open Day, Summer Festival and gardening skills workshops.

Read more at: http://ow.ly/GMUr50MjfYa.

This year, for our 350 year anniversary, the Garden will be ‘Unlocking our collections’ by sharing new research and stor...
08/01/2023

This year, for our 350 year anniversary, the Garden will be ‘Unlocking our collections’ by sharing new research and stories about the plant collection and people in our history. With 350 years of history to explore, we will shed light on previously untold stories about the plants in our collection and the people who have shaped what the Garden is today.

A highlight is February's A Dash of Lavender: Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month with ***rBotany and embracing International Women’s Day throughout March with a series of events that show the contributions made by women past, present and future.

London’s oldest botanic garden is marking its 350 year anniversary in 2023, using its past to create a vision for its future. Across the year Chelsea Physic Garden will explore three key themes: ‘Horticulture for humankind’, ‘Unlocking our collections’ and ‘A physic garden for the future’. Look out for the next post about ‘A physic garden for the future’.

Read more at: http://ow.ly/hR6950Mk4vx.

Chelsea Physic Garden has always championed the role that plants play in human life. As part of our 350 year anniversary...
06/01/2023

Chelsea Physic Garden has always championed the role that plants play in human life. As part of our 350 year anniversary we will be exploring the theme of ‘Horticulture for humankind’ in new and exciting ways.

We will be celebrating the role of plants and their benefits for humans with talks, tours and panel discussions. Themes include the medicinal properties of plants and the mental health benefits of nature and gardening. The Garden will highlight how this relationship has changed over time and question how humans will benefit from horticulture in the future.

London’s oldest botanic garden is marking its 350-year anniversary in 2023, using its past to create a vision for its future. Across the year Chelsea Physic Garden will explore three key themes: ‘Horticulture for humankind’, ‘Unlocking our collections’ and ‘A physic garden for the future’. Look out for the next post about ‘Unlocking our collections’.

Read more on our website: http://ow.ly/rKyF50Mj9RY.

Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic GardenErysimum bicolor is an evergreen perennial subshrub originating from Madeir...
05/01/2023
Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden

Erysimum bicolor is an evergreen perennial subshrub originating from Madeira. The diverse Erysimum genus, commonly referred to as ‘wallflowers’, belong to the family Brassicaceae. This family also includes Armoracia rusticana commonly known as horseradish and Brassica genus, for example Brassica oleracea - cabbage.

The Garden’s specimen has started to produce its lilac and white flowers. Each flowering plant in the Brassicaceae family produces flowers each with four petals. Most of these are accompanied by four sepals and six stamens.

See this plant in person from 22 January when the Garden reopens for Heralding Spring, as part of our 350 year anniversary celebrations.

Book tickets:
https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

Get closer to plants at Chelsea Physic Garden

Erysimum bicolor is an evergreen perennial subshrub originating from Madeira. The diverse Erysimum genus, commonly referred to as ‘wallflowers’, belong to the family Brassicaceae. This family also includes Armoracia rusticana commonly known as horseradish and Brassica genus, for example Brassica oleracea - cabbage.

The Garden’s specimen has started to produce its lilac and white flowers. Each flowering plant in the Brassicaceae family produces flowers each with four petals. Most of these are accompanied by four sepals and six stamens.

See this plant in person from 22 January when the Garden reopens for Heralding Spring, as part of our 350 year anniversary celebrations.

Book tickets: https://bit.ly/3BlzJVs.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CnCZbCIKMC6/

Happy New Year! 2023 marks Chelsea Physic Garden's 350 year anniversary. We will be celebrating with special events, tal...
01/01/2023

Happy New Year! 2023 marks Chelsea Physic Garden's 350 year anniversary. We will be celebrating with special events, talks, workshops, panel discussions, and much more!

Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to keep up to date: http://ow.ly/SHLL50MbwO0.

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Seasons greetings to our followers from everyone at Chelsea Physic Garden. Thank you all for your support this year.We l...
25/12/2022

Seasons greetings to our followers from everyone at Chelsea Physic Garden. Thank you all for your support this year.

We look forward to sharing more of the Garden with you all in 2023, in which we will be celebrating our 350 year anniversary. We will be ‘Unlocking our collections’, exploring ‘Horticulture for humankind’ and looking at what it means to be ‘A physic garden of the future’.

Look out for lots of new and exciting events in the New Year!

Find out more at: http://ow.ly/I7uU50MaqWn.

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Finished this beautiful Iris unguicularis ‘Walter Butts’ Chelsea Physic Garden for their Florilegium Archives-hope it gets accepted! I use Arches Papers, Proarte with DANIEL SMITH: Artists' Materials
London’s oldest botanic garden has a fine collection of snowdrops, which it shows off at its Heralding Spring season each year. Visitors to the 350-year-old institution can spot plenty of the pretty white blooms on a stroll around its four-acre grounds, but if you fancy learning more about them you can attend a talk by snowdrop fan Professor George G. Brownlee (Sat Jan 21) or book a guided tour with a resident horticulturist (Thu Jan 26).

Flower fact: The common snowdrop’s botanical classification galanthus nivalis is derived from the Greek words for ‘milk’ and ‘flower’, plus the Latin word for ‘snow’.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HS.
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As part of the 350th Anniversary Year at Chelsea Physic Garden I will be teaching a
Botanical Sketchbook Workshop: Drawing with Ink
Friday 19 May 2023, 10:30am – 4pm
£60
Be inspired by seasonal botanical subjects and learn how to portray them in ink. Using observational drawing from life, you will be guided in all aspects of drawing your chosen subject, from structure through to making it look three dimensional on the paper.

Ink is often used for scientific botanical illustration, but it can also be used for more spontaneous drawing approaches, using both fine line pens and traditional dip pens, both of which will be provided as part of this workshop. Come and enjoy a day of botanical drawing and mark-making, concluding with taking home your own concertina sketchbook.

For further information and to book a place go to: https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/event/seasonal-botanical-sketchbook-workshop-drawing-with-ink/
Whether you're looking forward to a relaxing evening in or a wild night out, we wish you all a fabulous evening welcoming in the New Year! 🥂 our project with Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the many things that we are really looking forward to in 2023 🤩

After our incredibly successful exhibition with Chelsea Physic Garden in 2021, we are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating once more, this time on an exciting project that will result in an exhibition celebrating their 350th anniversary in Summer 2023!⁠

Image: Lisa Chang Lee RE
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The push to make better art.

Last week we launched a new brand Kaleid.me Incredibly it’s been 17 years (next month) since we last did that, and in that time York Place Studios has grown into something that we never expected. We love documentary photography more than ever and feel so privileged to be able to spend our time taking photographs and writing and speaking about our absolute favourite subject. In fact, we have even bigger plans for York Place Studios next year which we are excited to share very soon!

It is important to us to always continue to challenge ourselves and (whilst York Place remains documentary-led), just as street photography influenced our wedding work, we find that ideas and perspectives activated in a new and different field can often be brought back into YPS and help develop us as photographers. Growing, learning, expanding and seeking understanding is so, so important. Our work is continually evolving and developing and we couldn’t be prouder that after nearly 17 years in the industry we still continue to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves as photographers to make better art.

Speaking of art, Charlie and Lucy’s wedding was a photographer’s dream. Colourful and spontaneous, fun and silly, whilst remaining emotional and real, we absolutely loved every second.

Here is a glimpse into this bubble-filled, colour-centric and delightful day at Chelsea Physic Garden

https://www.yorkplacestudios.co.uk/chelsea-physic-garden-wedding-photography/

Today I received this work in progress photo from Chris Aston Ceramics. He is making me 250 mugs for Chelsea Physic Garden to celebrate their 350 year anniversary in 2023. I loved doing the illustration for the mugs what a great collaboration. The mugs will be on sale in their gift shop from January 2023.
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Working hard on a winter flowering Iris unguicularis ‘Walter Butt’ for the Chelsea Physic Garden Archives. Photo credit: James Finlay Photography
Fascinating talk today at our monthly Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Meeting about Benton End house and gardens in Hadleigh, Suffolk is the 16th century former home of celebrated artist-plantsman, Sir Cedric Morris and his partner, the artist Arthur Lett-Haines. There they established the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing – a sanctuary for a diverse range of influential artists, writers, musicians and botanists of the 20th century. Now under the care of the of London, and with a dedicated Board of Trustees, the house is preparing to open once again as a place to celebrate and learn about art and horticulture.
Come and visit us this weekend at Chelsea Physic Garden 🌿

Pop over to say hello and buy your Christmas tree! 🎄

Buy your ticket on the Chelsea Physic Garden website:

https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/visit/whats-on/christmas-fair/

First up on our client spotlight is Ilex Studio - Acorn Vase!

Go green this weekend and enjoy 20% off at Ilex Studio using code “GF22” at the checkout. 🥑🌱💚

Take a look at their range of Acorn and Avocado vases, branch candles and posters.

Great products highlighting the beauty of nature. Ideal for plant lovers, design enthusiasts, inquisitive children and in fact anyone!

They will also have a stand at the Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas fair this weekend.

Go check them out - https://ilexstudio.com/
We are looking forward to visiting the Christmas Fair at the Chelsea Physic Garden and thought we would give them a shout-out! 🎁🎁 🌲

🌲 "The festive celebration will host over 100 curated stands, showcasing the finest independent suppliers within the beautiful surroundings of the Garden. Along with food, drinks and plenty of cheer, there’s something for everyone at this ultimate Christmas shopping event." 🌲

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Ben is on the hunt for you 👀🎄

We are at Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair from today until Sunday, selling our foodie gifts for Christmas.

From curing bacon & salmon kits to our Christmas nutcracker seasoning tubes, we have everything you’ll need to add some luxury to your Christmas festivities this year 🛍️🎄

Get your tickets here - https://chelseaphysicgarden.seetickets.com/tour/chelsea-physic-garden-christmas-fair

Find us at Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair from tomorrow, Thurs 24 until Sun 27 Nov. Looking forward to being back in this beautiful part of London for the second time in 2022!

Olivia and I will be on hand to help you with all your Christmas shopping glassware and entertaining needs, do join us at this lovely festive event.

Book tickets here: https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/visit/whats-on/christmas-fair/

Image: Silver Birch Glassware Collection by Elly Lucas, from £8
Climbing into Tuesday like…
These fab lads were so much fun at the Chelsea History Festival at the Chelsea Physic Garden
Celebrating its 350 anniversary in 2023, Chelsea Physic Garden is London's oldest botanic garden. It is home to a collection of over 4500 medicinal, edible and useful plants from around the world.

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Yay! So excited to get the finished product. Gorgeous mugs for the Chelsea Physic Garden. Can’t wait to show them on Monday. Perfect gift for the gardener in your life.
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