Welcome to Chelsea Physic Garden

Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants. This walled Garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. It became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. Today, as an independent charity, we rely on visitors, Friends and supporters to help protect and nurture the Garden for future generations.

September in the Garden

The start of autumn colour in the Garden ...

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WWI Centenary

Find out about the Garden’s WWI history and share your family stories...

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Walks, Talks and Workshops

September courses range from watercolour painting to beekeeping...

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New Garden of Medicinal Plants takes shape – opened April 2014

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Latest posts

  • Maggie’s Culture Crawl Maggie’s Culture Crawl

    On Friday 19 September the Garden was delighted to welcome many weary walkers who were 12 miles into their 15 mile walk – Maggie’s Culture Crawl. This event was raising money to support the fantastic work ... Read more →

  • Better Garden Photography – Gallery Better Garden Photography – Gallery

    On Wednesday 24 September join Philip Smith, a photographer specialising in gardens and plants, for a photography workshop in the Garden. The photographs below were all taken at Chelsea Physic Garden,  so something to aspire ... Read more →

  • The History of Teaching Natural History The History of Teaching Natural History

    Friday and Saturday 10th & 11th October 2014 This two-day meeting at the Horniman Museum will present the history of different teaching practices and methods for the earth and life sciences, primarily focusing on schools and ... Read more →

  • Trustee’s Garden Design Wins International Competition Trustee’s Garden Design Wins International Competition

    Arabella Lennox-Boyd, one of the Garden’s Trustees, has won an international competition to redesign the 22-acre garden and grounds at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Durham. Her masterplan for the Garden includes a formal parterre ... Read more →

  • Animation Station – the result! Animation Station – the result!

    On 27 August 2014 the Garden ran a Family Activity Day entitled Animation Station. Joining film-maker and BBC drama director Emma Sullivan the families taking part took inspiration from the Garden, and the plants and ... Read more →

  • Inspired by the Garden – Royal School of Needlework Inspired by the Garden – Royal School of Needlework

    ‘Inspired by the Garden’: an exciting new exhibition of historical and contemporary embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework 8 September 2014 to 20 March 2015 The Royal School of Needlework will be exhibiting a ... Read more →