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.

The HandleBards return this summer! Book your tickets now.

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 HandleBards return this summer! Book your tickets now.

Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in the identification and use of medicinal plants. The location was chosen due to its proximity to the River Thames. This allowed the Apothecaries to moor their barge, collect plants in the surrounding areas and take advantage of the…

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Aug24

Eating on the wild side

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

The nutritional content of a wide range of crops has been falling since the Second World War. Botanist and BBC broadcaster James Wong traces the evidence behind this global trend and gives simple science-based tips and tricks on how anyone can select, store and cook fruit and veg to help recoup this lost nutrition With…

Aug24

Living Colour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Explore the world of colour all around us. Why and how do plants and animals use it to their advantage? How can we use it to make our world more interesting? Via a tour and some practical demonstrations we will answer these questions. Play with the phenomenon of chromatography and create some beautifully colourful natural…

Aug25

Fire!!

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the Great fire of London, the 150th of the London fire brigade and the 50th of our local fire station here in Chelsea. Come and find out about the science, folklore, customs, beliefs and rituals associated with fire and hear from staff from the Museum of London who…

Aug25

Professor Buchannan’s Theatrical Blind Wine Tasting SOLD OUT

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An illustration from the last blind wine tasting event at the Garden Join Professor Buchannan and Lab Assistant Charlie, his long suffering colleague, for a blind wine tasting theatrical event like no other at the Garden this summer.  Meet Professor Buchannan and  Charlie amongst the vines of Chelsea Physic Garden to explore the unique and…

Aug31

Trees of Chelsea Physic Garden

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

An illustrated talk exploring tree history, identification and their herbal uses, followed by a chance to visit some of the Garden's notable trees. With Letta Jones Letta is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She is also a former Chelsea Physic Garden volunteer guide.

Latest news

  • The Mystery of the Chelsea Mulberry

    27th July 2016

    On Sunday the Telegraph published an article on their website all about mulberry trees which mentioned that saplings propagated from the James I specimen which once stood in the Garden are still available to schools and non-profit groups. So we were intrigued to discover more about the history of the mulberry trees in the Garden. We…

  • 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…