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.

Book now for a scented evening at our Intoxicating Sensory Soiree on 11 August.

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.

Book now for a scented evening at our Intoxicating Sensory Soiree on 11 August.

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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Jul28

The fantastical world of vegetal scent

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Why is smell still a potent summoner of memories and associations, when we rely so comprehensively on the visual? In the plant world it is still the primary mode of communication. This evening considers the resonance and counterpoint between plants' use of scent and our own. With Richard Mabey Richard Mabey is a naturalist and…

Jul29

Rosa, rosa: a day with the queen of flowers

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

A rose perfume day encompassing botany, history, science and art. From plant to perfume, handle and evaluate rose in all its forms from flower to CO2 extract. The course will include perfumery experimentation, sampling some of the most important and celebrated rose perfumes in the fragrance canon and a tasting session encompassing rose alcohols and…

Latest news

  • In Conversation with Horticultural Volunteer Fred Stratford

    15th July 2016

    Fred has been a volunteer at the Garden for the last 8 months, and he will leaving for an exciting new opportunity at the end of August. We had a chat with Fred to find out a little more about why he wanted to volunteer at Chelsea Physic Garden, and what he will take away from his…

  • In Conversation with Horticultural Trainee Joe Bassett

    11th July 2016

    As Joe reaches the end of his traineeship we reflect on his time at the Garden and how it has helped to shape his future career plans. Joe began gardening at a young age, as a teenager he would work in his Nan’s garden on Saturdays and really loved his time spent working there. This…