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.
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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.

Operating as usual

We are open as usual over Easter: today, Sunday and Monday. Be sure to book online in advance as tickets are selling fas...
02/04/2021

We are open as usual over Easter: today, Sunday and Monday. Be sure to book online in advance as tickets are selling fast!

This year add an Easter Trail to your booking for you and your family to discover more about our plant collection, and receive a chocolate treat or prize at the end.

As part of our Year of Well-being we are encouraging people to connect with nature this Easter, and the world of plants can provide us a much needed boost.

http://ow.ly/3AJV50Eeu4S

Did you spot our April Fools? While we may not have a singing Bird of Paradise in our glasshouse, we do have some great ...
01/04/2021

Did you spot our April Fools? While we may not have a singing Bird of Paradise in our glasshouse, we do have some great news to share with you.

We are thrilled to announce that Chelsea Physic Garden reached the fundraising target for our Hothouse Challenge. A huge thank you to The John Browne Charitable Trust and our supporters who have helped us secure the funds needed to restore our glasshouses, care for our living collection and share the Garden's stories.

See our Hot House Challenge website: www.cpghothouses.co.uk.

Pictured is Pelargonium sidoides in our pelargonium glasshouse. We were one of the first places in the country where pelargoniums were grown, with records of them on this site dating back to 1724.

01/04/2021

Sound on for this one.

Here at the Garden we have lots of very rare plants, including this very rare Strelitzia reginae sonorous or singing bird of paradise which is the only plant in the world to emit sound.

Air is forced through chambers in the flower which mimics bird mating calls and is thought to attract pollinators.

#garden #gardens #plants #april #flowers #spring #glasshouses

Today is the last day to enter our Spring Flower Photography Competition. Take a photo of your favourite Spring bloom to...
31/03/2021

Today is the last day to enter our Spring Flower Photography Competition. Take a photo of your favourite Spring bloom to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes including a Canon EOS Digital SLR camera.

Over the last few days we've had some fantastic entries including this one from Muriel Allamand.

http://ow.ly/h3r050Eb9iU

We are delighted to announce that Chelsea Physic Garden has won a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to resto...
29/03/2021
Help restore Chelsea Physic Garden’s historic glasshouses

We are delighted to announce that Chelsea Physic Garden has won a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore our Historic Glasshouses.

This grant means that we will be able preserve these unique botanical structures and the amazing plants they house.

You can find out more about this project and help us with our final fundraising push by visiting https://cpghothouses.co.uk/chelsea-physic-garden-wins-national-lottery-heritage-fund-grant/

#heritage #gardens #plants #glasshouses #naturalheritage

Be Part of the Hothouse Challenge

Our Spring Flower Photography Competition ends Wednesday 31st March. There's still time to send us your entries via this...
27/03/2021

Our Spring Flower Photography Competition ends Wednesday 31st March. There's still time to send us your entries via this link https://bit.ly/3slv1R7.

Capture your favourite Spring bloom and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.

Thank you to Jennifer Voltarel for this beautiful image.

#photographycompetition #nature #Spring #prizes

This Easter spend time connecting with loved ones on our self-led trail. The trail will take you around our beautiful ga...
26/03/2021

This Easter spend time connecting with loved ones on our self-led trail. The trail will take you around our beautiful garden, where you and your family will discover more about the amazing world of plants. At the end, each trail entry will receive a chocolate treat supplied by Cocoa Runners.

As part of our Year of Well-being, we have learned how connecting with nature can help improve our moods. Come and enjoy Chelsea Physic Garden with your family this Easter.

Normal admission applies - this event is an add-on to a standard entry ticket to the Garden.

Book your tickets in advance http://ow.ly/b0QU50DXhBx

We've partnered with Cocoa Runners for a delicious virtual Chocolate Tasting in aid of our Hothouse Challenge fundraisin...
23/03/2021

We've partnered with Cocoa Runners for a delicious virtual Chocolate Tasting in aid of our Hothouse Challenge fundraising campaign. Learn about the history of chocolate and how to taste it in the comfort of your own home. Chocolate tasting kit and virtual workshop included.

Order your kit before Thursday or Friday (selecting next day delivery) to join us on Monday 29th at 8pm, virtual workshop is included

For each kit sold, 15% will be donated towards The Hothouse Challenge, and for every £100 we raise the John Browne Charitable Trust will also donate another £100.

http://ow.ly/uxEo50E23pO

Today marks the first day of Spring and with it comes a promise of new growth. In our propagation glasshouse, our Garden...
20/03/2021

Today marks the first day of Spring and with it comes a promise of new growth.

In our propagation glasshouse, our Gardeners have been busy sowing seeds and pricking out. Throughout the year they work hard conserving and protecting our living plant collection.

The plant in the foreground is Tagetes lemmonii.

#Spring #Springtime #propagation #glasshouse #gardening

Would you like to work with us? Apply now to work with our Learning & Public Engagement team. We currently have vacancie...
19/03/2021

Would you like to work with us? Apply now to work with our Learning & Public Engagement team. We currently have vacancies for a Schools & Families Officer and a Learning and Public Engagement Coordinator.

Click here to read the job descriptions http://ow.ly/PjqW50E2180

March is the last month of our Hothouse Challenge. We are raising funds to help us restore our glasshouses, care for our...
18/03/2021

March is the last month of our Hothouse Challenge. We are raising funds to help us restore our glasshouses, care for our living collection and share the Garden's stories. Can you help us raise the last 10% of our target? http://ow.ly/eQTO50DQbHy

Mothering Sunday was traditionally a day people returned to their mother church in which they were baptised. Originally ...
14/03/2021

Mothering Sunday was traditionally a day people returned to their mother church in which they were baptised. Originally associated with the fourth Sunday in Lent, Mother's Day has become the day we celebrate our mothers or those who help guide us through our lives.

We hope you can connect with someone special today.

#MothersDay2021 #MothersDay #MotheringSunday

Our Spring Flower Photography Competition is a perfect way to encourage children and young people to engage with nature....
12/03/2021

Our Spring Flower Photography Competition is a perfect way to encourage children and young people to engage with nature. Simply snap a picture of a spring bloom and upload via our website https://bit.ly/30fIIo7 to be in with a chance of winning some exciting botanical prizes!

Free to enter, until the end of the month.

Thank you Frederique Feder for this amazing entry.

Uncover the basic principles and science behind nature's medicine and its beauty in our next digital workshop 'Living Me...
10/03/2021
Living Medicine Online: A brief introduction to plant medicine - Half Day Course - 13/03/2021 14:00:00

Uncover the basic principles and science behind nature's medicine and its beauty in our next digital workshop 'Living Medicine Online: A brief introduction to plant medicine'.

Presenting from her kitchen, Alex Laird explains how we can work with foods, herbs, and spices to support our body's many functions.

Saturday 13th March, 2pm-5pm.

Book tickets now http://ow.ly/Dbwf50DT71j

Join us for an online workshop with Living Medicine's, Alex Laird for a brief introduction to plant medicine. This half-day course is perfect for those interested in Living Medicine.

The third spotlight for #InternationalWomensDay falls on our Horticultural team, in particular Nell Jones - Head of Plan...
08/03/2021

The third spotlight for #InternationalWomensDay falls on our Horticultural team, in particular Nell Jones - Head of Plant Collections. Nell ensures that we maintain and continue to develop our incredibly diverse collection of plants.

Due to hard work of all our Gardeners, visitors to the Garden and more remote audiences are able to connect with plants which originate from all around the world.

Our second International Women's Day spotlight falls on Margaret King, botanical illustrator, who founded the Florilegiu...
08/03/2021

Our second International Women's Day spotlight falls on Margaret King, botanical illustrator, who founded the Florilegium Society in 1995. It seeks to record and illustrate plants growing at Chelsea Physic Garden, with its collection of over 700 works being used for educational, informative or exhibition purposes.

Cydonia oblonga, 1998.

In celebration of #InternationalWomensDay, and International Women’s History Month, today we will be pointing a spotligh...
08/03/2021

In celebration of #InternationalWomensDay, and International Women’s History Month, today we will be pointing a spotlight on three women who have played an important role in Chelsea Physic Garden.

Our first International Women's Day spotlight is on Elizabeth Blackwell, a talented botanical illustrator and engraver. In the 1730s she recorded hundreds of plants in Chelsea Physic Garden for her book ‘A Curious Herbal’, which was filled with accurate illustrations and information on over 500 plants.

#IWD2021

Thanks to our many Friends and donors we have raised over 80% of our £1million target for the Hothouse Challenge, our ap...
06/03/2021

Thanks to our many Friends and donors we have raised over 80% of our £1million target for the Hothouse Challenge, our appeal for funds to save our historic glasshouses. Less than one month to go! Can you help us reach our target? Find out more here: http://ow.ly/8hIB50DQXkV

Create your very own botanical #MothersDay card. Mary Ellen from our Florilegium Society has designed a unique Tulip car...
05/03/2021
Mother's Day Botanical Card Making Pack - 23/02/2021 12:00:00

Create your very own botanical #MothersDay card. Mary Ellen from our Florilegium Society has designed a unique Tulip card for you to paint with help from a 'how-to' video and instruction sheet.

A unique opportunity to learn botanical painting techniques, and to reconnect with your loved ones. You will need your own watercolours and paintbrushes.

Order online up until 10th March https://bit.ly/389qnxz

This activity has been designed for you to do at home. Create your very own botanical Mother's Day card with Chelsea Physic Garden. Especially for Mother's Day, Mary Ellen Taylor from our Florilegium Society has designed a unique Tulip card for you to send to your Mother or anyone else special in yo...

To celebrate #WorldBookDay2021 we're thrilled to introduce 'Healing With Plants: The Chelsea Physic Garden Herbal', publ...
04/03/2021
Healing with Plants

To celebrate #WorldBookDay2021 we're thrilled to introduce 'Healing With Plants: The Chelsea Physic Garden Herbal', published by Octopus Publishing Group Be inspired by this beautiful book to bring more plants into your life.

Buy it from the publishers here http://bit.ly/3bu7oi1

From the common stinging nettle to exotic adaptogens, the plant world is the most incredible medicine cabinet. With detailed profiles of more than 140 herbs,...

Introducing our second theme of Chelsea Physic Garden’s Year of Well-being: ‘Connect’. Social relationships are critical...
01/03/2021

Introducing our second theme of Chelsea Physic Garden’s Year of Well-being: ‘Connect’. Social relationships are critical for promoting well-being across all ages.

Here at the Garden we are encouraging all our audiences to connect with one another and with the Garden through digital events including making your own Mother’s Day card, participating in our online wreath-making workshop, or one of our upcoming digital talks and courses. Even with current restrictions we are still connecting with our community digitally.

For more information about our events, see https://bit.ly/3uA1pRp

Happy St. David's Day to all our followers. St David is the patron saint of Wales and is celebrated today, 1st March. Tr...
01/03/2021

Happy St. David's Day to all our followers. St David is the patron saint of Wales and is celebrated today, 1st March. Traditionally, people wear one of Wales' national symbols - either a leek or a daffodil.

We went on a woodland wander to the bottom of the Garden to capture these images this morning.

#StDavidsDay #daffodil #1stMarch

Are you a budding beekeeper or interested in eco friendly skincare? On Thursday 25th February at 6pm we're hosting BeeIn...
22/02/2021

Are you a budding beekeeper or interested in eco friendly skincare?

On Thursday 25th February at 6pm we're hosting BeeInspired Creams founder Alison Derrick, for a digital talk and Q&A.

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

#beekeeping #bees #skincare #gardening

There's still time to enter your photo in our Spring Flower photography competition. We've had some fantastic entries so...
19/02/2021

There's still time to enter your photo in our Spring Flower photography competition. We've had some fantastic entries so far!

'Take Notice' on your daily exercise as part of Chelsea Physic Garden Year of Well-being and send in pictures of your favourite spring blooms.

For details see our website: https://bit.ly/3s416fq

Image credits: 1. Hannah Tharme 2. Lynn Lodge 3. Justyna Nascimento

Happy #ChineseNewYear2021 There are many plants associated with Chinese New Year: orchids, chrysanthemum, gladiolus, cle...
12/02/2021

Happy #ChineseNewYear2021
There are many plants associated with Chinese New Year: orchids, chrysanthemum, gladiolus, clematis and narcissus. We went looking in Garden and found a few of our own.

Did you know narcissus and snowdrops both belong to the Amaryllidaceae family?

#ChineseNewYear #flowers #celebration #botanicgarden

We are excited to announce we have been awarded the Gold Award by Green Tourism who promote greener ways for businesses ...
11/02/2021

We are excited to announce we have been awarded the Gold Award by Green Tourism who promote greener ways for businesses and organisations to operate.

We've been making lots of improvements over the last couple of years so are thrilled to see these recognised.

#GreenTourism #sustainability #environment #gardens #botanicgarden

Calling all budding photographers to our Spring Flower Photography Competition. https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/sp...
01/02/2021
Spring Flower Photography Competition

Calling all budding photographers to our Spring Flower Photography Competition.

https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/spring-flower-photography-competition

As part of our Year of Well-being, we are encouraging everyone to 'take notice' on their daily exercise and keep their eyes peeled for new spring blooms.

Be in with the chance of winning a Canon EOS 2000 camera and many more exciting prizes!

For more details click the link above.

Share your best images of Spring blooms with us to be in with a chance of winning some exciting botanical prizes.

Chelsea Physic Garden is now open to support the well-being of our local community. We will be open Sunday to Friday 10a...
29/01/2021

Chelsea Physic Garden is now open to support the well-being of our local community.

We will be open Sunday to Friday 10am-3pm, with last entry at 2.30pm. Entry will be via booked tickets only and through our entrance on 66 Royal Hospital Road.

The Physic Garden Café will be open from 11am for a limited take-away service of hot drinks and snacks - please note that no seating will be available.

For those able to safely visit in person, a snowdrop and spring bloom trail is available for download from our website to help guide you around the Garden.

Book tickets and find out more about Heralding Spring: https://bit.ly/2MFBrus

Chelsea Physic Garden will remain open during the lockdown. We will be open from 10 am to 3 pm, providing a safe green s...
04/11/2020

Chelsea Physic Garden will remain open during the lockdown. We will be open from 10 am to 3 pm, providing a safe green space for our community.

Entry to the Garden will only be allowed with a pre-booked ticket, which can be purchased from our website.

https://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/opening-times-and-prices

An extra day has been added to this year's Christmas Fair, which will run from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 November.There'l...
30/10/2020

An extra day has been added to this year's Christmas Fair, which will run from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 November.

There'll be beautiful ceramics by Griffin Bespoke China, Claire Powell, Jane Abbott and more, plus art from embroider Darren Ball.

Follow the link to book advance tickets - we will not be accepting walk-ups this year https://bit.ly/3mhEfdL

It's a great time of year to check out the Aeoniums in our Atlantic Islands Glasshouse.Visit cpghothouses.co.uk for the ...
28/10/2020

It's a great time of year to check out the Aeoniums in our Atlantic Islands Glasshouse.

Visit cpghothouses.co.uk for the latest updates on our Glasshouse Restoration Appeal and to donate.

The Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair returns in a month's time, running from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 November.Over ...
26/10/2020

The Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair returns in a month's time, running from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 November.

Over 100 of the finest independent suppliers will be there including scent-sational stalls Keyneston Mill, home of Parterre Fragrances, Cath Collins Fragrances Devon, Spitalfields Candle Company and Wild Scents Botanics

Follow the link for more info and to book https://bit.ly/3mhEfdL

Tickets are now on sale for a much-loved event on our calendar, the Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair.Running from Th...
22/10/2020

Tickets are now on sale for a much-loved event on our calendar, the Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair.

Running from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 November, this annual celebration features the finest independent suppliers within the beautiful surroundings of the Garden alongside festive food, drinks and merriment galore.

An extra day has been added and a one-way system will be in place to ensure social distancing

Tickets must be booked in advance - we will not be accepting walk-ups this year.

Book your ticket today https://bit.ly/3mhEfdL

Our historic glasshouses have reopened!We have introduced some control measures which visitors will be informed of upon ...
20/10/2020

Our historic glasshouses have reopened!

We have introduced some control measures which visitors will be informed of upon entering the Garden.

Only one household at a time is permitted in each glasshouse, one person at a time in the small Conservatory just past the Physic Garden Café.

The Cool Fernery has a one-way system and the Tropical Corridor remains closed for now.

Glasshouses may close for short periods during the day to ensure members of the gardening team can work safely in the space, but visitors will still be able to access the other houses.

Book your ticket to the Garden today https://bit.ly/2BWaVrg

Address

66 Royal Hospital Road
London
SW3 4HS

The nearest tube stations are Sloane Square or Victoria. 170 Bus from Victoria station will bring you directly to the garden

General information

- - - Currently closed until further notice - - - Garden Cafe and Shop open 11am - 6pm weekdays & Sundays Main Season commences Easter 2018 please check our website for full details of all our hours chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk __________________ Admission Charges Friends membership scheme admits Free entry to the Garden for 'Friends' of the Garden plus one guest Companions of disabled visitors are admitted free. Assistance dogs only. * Proof required Maximum of 2 children allowed per accompanying adult. N.B. 'Friends' must show their membership card on entry or they will be charged the full adult admission charge. Please note that we do not have the facilities for visitors to leave bags or belongings during their visit. If you would like to visit the garden more often than the above times, you can do so from £37.50 for an entire year by joining Friends of the Garden. ___________________ Refreshments Our Cafe serves refreshments, including light lunches and teas daily although we are closed at weekends until Easter Please note: You are not permitted to bring alcohol into the Garden __________________ Disabled Access Chelsea Physic Garden welcomes people with disabilities; we advise you to telephone before a visit so that we may give you full details of access, and ensure that your visit will be safe, comfortable and enjoyable. To this end, we have: Wheelchair Access The easiest access to the Garden is through the foyer at 66 Royal Hospital Road because there are steps down from the Swan Walk Gate (open on public days only)- There are no other steps in the Garden and access is via gravel or grass paths. The West Gate may be opened by prior arrangement with the office. There is a non-reservable disabled parking bay outside 66 Royal Hospital Road with dropped curb access to the pavement and another by the West Gate. There is a wheelchair for visitors at the Garden but please ring the office to book it as it may otherwise be in use.

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Can up let me know what time the Garden opens at on Saturday for the heralding Spring event on 25 Jan 2020? It isn’t clear on the website. Can members get in from 10 am?
Lovely visit thank you
Thank you for the wonderful morning at the Chelsea Physic Garden’s Christmas Fair.
Hello I have booked tickets for the Christmas Fair - it is required to print them, or can I show the PDF on my phone? Many thanks:)
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Hi. I popped down earlier today but the entrance was locked. Were you open today?
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A bit of a hike from Earl's court....
This is a lovely place to check-in Ronnie Green....