Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
London
Greater London
SW3 4HS
England

Website

www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

E-mail

Enquiries

enquiries@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Education

education@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Group bookings

groupvisits@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Telephone

020 7352 5646

Fax

Enquiries

020 7352 5646

Education

020 7352 5646 extension 223

Group bookings

020 7352 5646 extension 221

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Chelsea Physic Garden, a garden of medicinal plants

Situated in the heart of Chelsea, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, it continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 species.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

From 1 April – 31 October 2014, the Garden, Café and Shop will be open Tuesdays – Fridays, Sundays & Bank Holidays: 11am-6pm

Admission charges

Adults & Senior Citizens £9.90
Students, unemployed people & children (5-15 yrs old)* £6.60
Companions of those with disabilities FREE

*Proof required for concessions

Additional info

Disabled access via 66 Royal Hospital Road

The Garden holds approximately 5000 taxa, the collection concentrates on medicinal plants and those of ethnobotanical interest, as well as rare and endangered species. We also grow plants named or introduced by people associated with the Garden's history. The mild microclimate created by the shelter of the city and the Garden's south facing aspect allows us to grow many tender plants, especially from the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands. The glasshouse range holds a collection of tropical, sub-tropical and Mediterranean species as well as back-up plants of those grown outdoors that may not survive a cold or wet winter.

Collection details

Agriculture, Medicine

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Germinating tomatos

Compost Clinic

  • 19 September 2014 10am-1pm
  • 21 October 2014 10am-1pm

Produce great compost and reduce what you throw away. Learn how to improve the quality of your soil through simple processes to enable your plants to flourish. You will learn about the wonderful creatures lurking in a typical compost heap and how they are beneficial to the composting process.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30.00.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/walks-talks-workshops/#CompostClinicWorkshop

photograph of plant being repotted

Gardening Under Glass – A Practical Guide

  • 21 August 2014 11am-1pm

An introduction to caring for plants indoors – from tropical palms to pots on a window-ledge. Dealing with pests, identifying diseases, choosing compost, and the mysteries of watering are amongst the topics covered. We will also take a brief look at the history of growing under glass and have a closer look at some of the remarkable plants which can be grown under the special conditions provided by the glasshouses here at Chelsea Physic Garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20.00.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/walks-talks-workshops/#CompostClinicWorkshop

Germinating tomatos

Beginner’s Guide to Propagation

  • 18 September 2014 11:30am-1pm
  • 16 October 2014 11:30am-1pm

Do your cuttings sit and sulk for ages and then die? Come and learn how to give your seeds and cuttings the best chance of turning into healthy plants.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20.00.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/walks-talks-workshops/#CompostClinicWorkshop

Bee

Introduction to Beekeeping

  • 18 September 2014 10am-4pm
  • 9 October 2014 10am-4pm

This practical one-day course gives an insight into beekeeping and the equipment needed to get started. Learn more about bees and the honey production process, along with how to create the right environment for them to thrive. This course takes you through the key steps to becoming a successful beekeeper.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£95.00.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/walks-talks-workshops/#CompostClinicWorkshop

Girl with flowers

A Passion for Plants: Gardening for Beginners

  • 26 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Come along to learn some gardening tips from our staff. How to: grow and care for plants, take cuttings, plant seeds, use containers and more. There will be a selection of things for you take away with you to grow at home as well as ideas for original and thoughtful gifts. This workshop will run at: 10:30-12:00 and 13:00-14:30.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£9.90 per adult, £6.60 per child.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/family-activity-days/#gardeningbeginners

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WWI Centenary Marked at Chelsea Physic Garden

  • 28 June — 6 October 2014 *on now

In 1916 the Committee (of the City Parochial Foundation, who at that time were responsible for management of the Garden) allowed patients from military hospitals to visit the Garden. This year, to mark the centenary of WWI, Chelsea Physic Garden will be opening its doors to Chelsea Pensioners for one hundred days from 28 June, marking the outbreak of WWI. Passes will also be available for Chelsea Pensioners and their families to use.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Chelsea Pensioners will be allowed into the Garden free of charge during this period.

Normal entrance charges are -
£9.90 Adults (including senior citizens)
£6.60 Students, registered unemployed and children (5-15 years old)

Website

http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/special-events/first-world-war-centenary-marked-at-chelsea-physic-garden/

photograph of toad in the road

Mandrakes, Minibeasts, Medicines and Microscopes

  • 5 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Discover marvellous menagerie and the diverse world of animals including a hissing cockroach, giant millipede, corn snake, giant African snail and Mr. Jelly Belly the tree frog. Find out how they are suited to their environments and hold them - if you like.
For the other half of the day: Come and explore the hidden secrets of the Garden including the jungle room, medicinal, poisonous and vampire plants. You’ll have a chance to pond dip and see creatures that live in a drop of pond water. For ages 12+.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£9.90 per adult and £6.60 per child.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/family-activity-days/#mandrakes

photograph of girl weaving with grass

Material World

  • 6 August 2014 10:30am-3pm

Join us for a day to find out about the past, present and future of textiles and dyes – see the plants we rely on for our clothes, work with textile artist Lara Hailey to make your own beautiful and unique cloth creations, try some natural dyeing and plant your own mini textile garden to take home.

See http://larahailey.com/ for more about Lara.

Suitable for ages 12+.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

photograph of girl weaving with grass

Pulp Fiction: Paper-Making,Paper Stixx, Wonderful Wire & More

  • 7 August 2014 10:30am-3pm

We welcome the return of this popular activity run by artist, inventor and designer Darcy Turner. A great opportunity to have a go at making wonderful sculptures to take home, discover hidden talents and see paper, metal and wire in new ways. There’ll also be the chance to learn how to make your own paper with innovative environmental educators ecoACTIVE. Please bring some old newspapers with you. For more information see www.darcyturner.com and www.ecoactive.org.uk

Suitable for ages 6+.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chocolate Tuesday

  • 12 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm
  • 28 October 2014 From 10:30am

Join us to look into the history, geography and science of chocolate and celebrate this very special substance. The day will include craft activities, a Garden tour, chocolate tasting and the chance to create your own mixtures to take away. With a tasting session with Rococo Chocolatesstaff.

Suitable for ages 7+.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

photograph of girl with seed stuck to her t-shirt

Flight Club: An Introduction to Things That Fly

  • 13 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

We will be showing you how to make your own flying seeds, kites and paper aeroplanes.

The day will also include close-up observation of the Garden’s flying insects. We’ll be joined by aviator Shahid Banglawala who will talk about his career in flying for the film industry and will demonstrate some remote flying machines.

Suitable for ages 8+.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

photograph of girl holding prints of flowers

The Lost Art of Nature Printing

  • 14 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

This method of depicting plants was developed by doctors and botanists over 500 years ago.

Take a tour of the Garden to discover some useful and healing plants, then make your own herbal book by printing with fresh plants and oil-based inks.

The day includes the rare opportunity to view some exquisite nature printed books from the Garden’s collection.

Suitable for ages 12+.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

photograph of girl looking through microscope

CSI Chelsea: A Forensic Biology Workshop

  • 19 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Spend a day solving a crime and discover some handy tips from nature. This day is perfect for young scientists who are looking for practical scientific experience. We will also be joined by a professional forensic entomologist who will explain how clues from nature can solve real crimes.

Suitable for ages 9+.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

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Garden Photography

  • 20 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Bring your camera or phone along to capture the Garden in striking and unusual ways.

Advice on lighting, composition texture and form will be provided as well as some top tips on photographing wildlife.

There’ll also be the chance to have some of your pictures displayed in our online gallery.

Suitable for ages 12+.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

photograph of woman and children looking at plants

Lotions and Potions: An Introduction to Herbal Medicine

  • 21 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Find out something of the history of medicine and the amazing power of plants. We will show you how to make some of your own ointments, syrups and scented bags to take away as well as your own mini medicinal garden.

Suitable for ages 12+.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

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Animation Station

  • 27 August 2014 10:30am-3pm

In this animation workshop (with professional film-maker Emma Sullivan) you’ll be taking inspiration for your characters and story from the garden itself, the plants & animals that live there.

Make your own character and bring it to life in an animation.

Emma is a film-maker who works as a drama director for the BBC, a writer and a teacher.

Suitable for ages 12+.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Children £6.60 (half day), £8.60 (full day). Adults £9.90 (half day), £11.90 (full day). Includes admission to garden.

Girl painting

Art Safari

  • 28 August 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Come with us on a journey around the world to see vampire plants, spiky cacti, medicines, worms, tadpoles, birds, vegetables, perfumes, seeds and ferns. After you have found out about them, a professional artist will help you to capture them in art form using all kinds of media such as ink, pastels, paints, pencils, charcoal and even soil.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£9.90 per adult, £6.60 per child.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/family-activity-days/#artsafari

Saffron

Plant Remedies for Winter Ills

  • 23 October 2014 10am-4pm

Herbs have been used for centuries to keep the family healthy through the winter, from vitamin-rich berries to antiseptic leaves. Learn to make traditional cough syrup from garden herbs, boost your immune system using wild berries and fight off infection with teas made from culinary herbs in this practical workshop with Lara, a qualified herbal medicine practitioner

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£95.00.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/walks-talks-workshops/#CompostClinicWorkshop

photograph of lavender

Lotions and Potions – An Introduction to Herbal Medicine

  • 29 October 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Find out something of the history of medicine and the amazing power of plants. We will show you how to make some of your own ointments, syrups and scented bags to take away as well as your own mini medicinal garden.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please contact venue for ticket price.

The Big Draw – autumn art

  • 30 October 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Come along to create art and craft inspired by the Garden. Try out printing, painting, sketching, collage and model making using natural and recycled materials – in and around the Garden. Help will be on hand to develop your observational skills and drawing techniques in the inspiring setting of the Garden.

This is part of The Big Draw festival which runs throughout October, involving over a thousand organisations across the UK and twenty other countries and offering events for every age and level of experience. Please bring an empty shoe box with you.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Please check opening charges and booking details.

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Creepy Crawling

  • 31 October 2014 10:30am-2:30pm

Discover the diverse world of animals with marvellous menagerie including a hissing cockroach, giant millipede, corn snake, giant African snail and Mr. Jelly Belly the tree frog. Find out how they are suited to their environments and hold them - if you like. This workshop will run at 10:30-12:00 and 13:00-14:30.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£9.90 per adult, £6.60 per child.

Website

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/family-activity-days/#creepycrawling1

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