London’s Secret Garden

Our theme for 2016 is Captivating Scents: fresh, floral, foetid.  There will be a range of scent themed events over the year including Thursday Supper Talks and from May there will be scented displays in the Garden.

Please note the Book & Gift Shop will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

Our theme for 2016 is Captivating Scents: fresh, floral, foetid.  There will be a range of scent themed events over the year including Thursday Supper Talks and from May there will be scented displays in the Garden.

Please note the Book & Gift Shop will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in identifying plants. The location was chosen as the proximity to the river created a warmer microclimate allowing the survival of many non-native plants – such as the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain – and…

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May05

Behind the scenes at the Physic Garden

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the Garden and its rich history on this exclusive tour. Discover parts of the Garden not normally accessible to the public and pick up some gardening tips. With Nell Jones, Head of Propagation. Book now

May05

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

The curators of the British Library’s new exhibition talk about the rise and fall of Shakespeare’s reputation through the ages. Join them to find out more about the unusual, surprising—and sometimes downright bizarre—stories they have uncovered for the exhibition, from time-travelling pigs to Shakespeare’s morris-dancing colleague. This illustrated talk will offer glimpses of the curators’…

May18

Painting spring leaves and buds

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Spend quality time capturing the charming detail of seasonal plants in watercolour.  Advice on technique and individual assistance will be offered. With Lucy T Smith in conjunction with the Chelsea School of Botanical Art Lucy is a freelance Australian botanical artist based in the UK, and for the past 14 years has produced many illustrations and…

May19

Nature Printing

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Nature printing is a wonderful way of representing plants, developed by physicians in the 15th century as an aid in their study of medicinal and useful plants. Join designer and printmaker Pia Östlund for a two-day workshop at Chelsea Physic Garden to explore this captivating technique. Day One begins with an illustrated talk on the…

May19

Propagation for beginners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Are your seedlings long and spindly?  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. With Nell Jones, Head of Propagation Book now

Latest news

  • The Garden and Shakespeare

    25th April 2016

    If you are a regular viewer of Gardeners’ World you may have spotted somewhere quite familiar on Friday’s episode. Our Head Gardener Nick Bailey was filmed in the Garden marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death by investigating the fact and fiction behind Shakespeare potions and poisons. You can watch the episode again on BBC iPlayer or…

  • Our Snowdrops have arrived early!

    7th January 2016

    Chelsea Physic Garden is usually one of the first gardens in the country with Snowdrops in bloom, but thanks to the unseasonably mild weather they have come even earlier this year. Some have been in bloom for a month or more and most are now either in flower or about to break bud. The warm…