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.

 

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.

 

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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Jun29

Drawing trees and leaves

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Spend the day drawing a selection of the trees and leaves that can be found in the Garden. With Sarah Simblet in conjunction with Chelsea School of Botanical Art. Dr Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, writer, broadcaster and anatomist, whose work explores the relationship between science, history and art. Ticket price includes a light lunch.

Jun30

Beginner’s plant ID

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This workshop aims to demystify botanical plant names. You will get an overview of the international system for naming and classifying plants as well as some practical experience in identifying plant parts and using keys. By the end of the workshop, you should be able to identify some of the major plant families and will…

Latest news

  • Plants from Nick Bailey’s Chelsea Flower Show Garden – flash sale this Saturday

    7th June 2016

    Saturday 11 June 10am – 3pm Join us this Saturday for a flash sale of books and plants in the Garden’s Book & Gift shop (the Garden will be closed). We are delighted that Winton generously donated the plants from our Head Gardener Nick Bailey’s Silver-Gilt award winning Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show,…

  • Interview with Liz Earle

    16th May 2016

    What is the first scent that you can recall? YSL Paris – such a fresh, happy scent filled with the essences of pink roses. What was the first perfume that you bought? I saved up to buy a bottle of Antonia’s Flowers, a cult floral classic of the early 1980s based on the fragrance of…