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

  • 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

Germinating tomatos

Beginner’s Guide to Propagation

  • 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

  • 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

photograph of poppies

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/

Chelsea Physic Garden

Chocolate Tuesday

  • 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.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Behind the Scenes Tour

  • 2 October 2014 11:30am-1pm

Learn more about the Garden and its rich historical past with this exclusive tour of the Garden with the Head Gardener, Nick Bailey.

Discover parts of the Garden not normally accessible to the public and glean some tips on how to create a unique sense of place.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20.00 per person.

Bodnan tGarden

Writing Herb-Infused Poetry

  • 3 October 2014 10:30am-12pm

This poetry writing workshop, inspired by an art piece and book called Pharmapoetica: A Dispensary of Poetry will explore the medicinal properties of plants.

Be guided through the process of writing poetry, and leave with at least the beginnings of a herb-infused poem.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£20.00 per person.

photograph of acorns

Better Drawing Techniques

  • 8 October 2014 10am-4pm

This workshop will include making sketches from microscopes, sketching in the Garden from various perspectives, focusing on shapes, repetition and rhythm within the Greenhouses and rendering and re-sketching.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£95.00 per person.

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.

Autumn leaves

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

Children: £6.60 half day / £8.60 full day
Adults: £9.90 half day / £11.90 full day

Website

http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/the-big-draw/

photograph of cricket

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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