Living Colour: an introduction to natural dyes & textile art techniques July 5 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Jul05

Living Colour: an introduction to natural dyes & textile art techniques

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the past, present and future of textiles and natural dyes in this one-day workshop with artist Lara Hailey. You will have the chance to experiment with various colours, fabrics and techniques (including Shibori and mordanting) to produce beautiful works of art to take away along with new creative skills. With Textile Artist, Lara Hailey Lara Hailey is a London-based mixed-media artist who explores universal themes of love, loss, identity, and memory. She is inspired by relationships, experiences and…

Jul06

Supper Talk: The Worldwide Web: Nature’s Spinners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Supper talk : 'The Worldwide Web: nature's spinners' with George McGavin Thursday July 6th, 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and Garden entry) Silk is one of the most ubiquitous and remarkable biomaterials known. The evolution of these versatile structural proteins in arthropods contributed to their unparalleled success in terrestrial environments. Vast amounts of silk, used in home building, reproduction and prey capture, are made by insects and spiders each day.  Humans discovered how to use silk thousands of…

Jul13

Supper Talk: More than cotton: textile secrets of Kew’s Economic Botany Collection

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Supper talk: 'More than cotton: textile secrets of Kew's Economic Botany Collection' With Dr Mark Nesbitt, Curator, Economic Botany Collection Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Thursday July 13th: 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and garden entry). At least 1000 species of plant produce useful fibres, but only a few are in use by the textile industry. Kew's collections hold many examples of local fibres, often both fascinating and beautiful. In this talk we will explore the indigenous uses of…

Jul18

Botany for Gardeners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

When is a fruit a fruit? What exactly is a potato, or an onion? An approachable introduction to the world of botany from the gardener's perspective. This course will cover the history of our climate and soil types, and consider how this and climate predictions may impact on plant choices and gardening styles. We look at the basic plant parts (roots, stems and leaves) and their functions, and develop an understanding of the ways in which these can vary through…

Jul20

Supper Talk: Murder most Florid -a glimpse into the world of forensic botany

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

'Murder most Florid – a glimpse into the world of forensic botany' with Dr. Mark Spencer Thursday July 20th, 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and garden entry). Plants too are silent witnesses to crimes. Their presence in many crime scenes can help an investigator identify a suspect or locate a victim. Apparently mundane plants such as brambles and nettles can provide valuable insights into when a crime was committed. Fragments of leaves and seeds embedded in soil on…

Aug01

Chocolate Tuesday

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join us to delve into the world of chocolate, create your own unique blend and taste some unusual flavours! During the day you'll have the chance to look into the rich history, geography and science of chocolate and celebrate this very special substance and find out how it links to Chelsea Physic Garden. The day will include craft activities, a Garden tour, chocolate tasting and the chance to create your own mixtures to take away. There’ll also be a gourmet…

Aug02

Garden Safari

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

If you enjoy discovering garden creatures, poisonous and insect-eating plants then this day is for you. Explore the hidden secrets of the Garden including the jungle room and the animals of the garden (bees, worms, birds, snails and more). There will be a chance to pond-dip and to use microscopes and magnifiers to observe familiar objects as well as creatures that live in a drop of pond water. For ages 4+ | £10 Ticket price includes garden entry. Children must…

Aug02

Garden Safari

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

If you enjoy discovering garden creatures, poisonous and insect-eating plants then this day is for you. Explore the hidden secrets of the Garden including the jungle room and the animals of the garden (bees, worms, birds, snails and more). There will be a chance to pond-dip and to use microscopes and magnifiers to observe familiar objects as well as creatures that live in a drop of pond water. For ages 4+ £10 Ticket price includes garden entry. Children must be…

Aug03

Pulp Fiction: Paper-making, Paper Stixx, Wonderful Wire & more

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Pulp Fiction: Paper-making, Paper Stixx, Wonderful Wire & more We welcome the return of this popular activity run by artist, inventor and designer Darcy Turner. A great opportunity to have a go at making wonderful sculptures to take home, discover hidden talents and see paper, metal and wire in new ways. In this video clip, Darcy Turner shows you how you can make a paper chair quite simply: In the following clip Darcy shows you some of the wonderful wire…

Aug03

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nell Jones, Acting Head Gardener, or another member of the senior gardening team on one of the monthly behind the scenes tours. Explore areas of the Garden that are not usually open to the public and find out more about the work involved to manage a botanical collection. Please scroll down to book.

Aug08

Make Candles & Soaps Family Activity Day

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join us for an enjoyable day of soap and candle making. Learn more about these traditional crafts and the natural ingredients used. Enjoy experimenting with a choice of fragrances to make your own special soap and candle duo. You will leave with the basic skills to create a candle in a glass container and a bar of soap which you can take home with you to enjoy as keepsakes from your special day with us here at Chelsea Physic Garden.…

Aug09

Silk // Unwoven Histories

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Studio Cultivate at Chelsea Physic Garden in 2017 for Silk // Unwoven Histories, as we take you on a journey of story-telling and garden exploration. Weaving our way through Ancient China, to the Roman Empire, and across the war-torn seas of the European Age of Discovery, we'll learn how a smuggling princess, ruthless pirates and one humble worm came together to help a simple fabric conquer the world. An exciting event for the whole family. Through a mix of…

Aug10

A Passion for Plants – Gardening for Beginners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Come along to learn some gardening tips from our Education Team. You'll be shown how to: grow and care for plants, take cuttings, plant seeds, use containers and more. There will be a selection of things for you take away with you to grow at home as well as ideas for original and thoughtful gifts. For ages 4+ £10 Ticket price includes garden entry. Children must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult throughout the day. Please scroll down to book…

Aug10

A Passion for Plants – Gardening for Beginners

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Come along to learn some gardening tips from our Education Team. You'll be shown how to: grow and care for plants, take cuttings, plant seeds, use containers and more. There will be a selection of things for you take away with you to grow at home as well as ideas for original and thoughtful gifts. For ages 4+ £10 Ticket price includes garden entry. Children must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult throughout the day. Please scroll down to book…

Aug15

Garden Safari – all day

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

For half of the day: Discover the diverse and wonderful world of animals when The Wiggly Wild Show comes to Chelsea. During this indoor session, you will be introduced to a variety of animals including a pygmy hedgehog, giant African land snails, corn snake, gecko, giant millipede, hermit crab and more! Find out how these creatures are suited to their natural environments and hold them (if you like). See http://www.wigglywildshow.co.uk/ for more info. For the other half of the day:…

Aug16

Lotions and Potions

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Can a food be a medicine? Can a medicine be a poison? Find out something of the history of medicine and the amazing power of plants to heal and soothe. We will show you how to make some of your own natural and low-cost remedies (ointments, syrups, scented bags) as well as a mini medicinal garden to take home. There’ll be a chance to explore our gardens of medicinal plants, edible and poison beds. For ages 10-16 £13 Ticket price…

Aug17

Sauropods and Cycads – Dinner with Dinosaurs

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Sauropods and Cycads – Dinner with Dinosaurs An exciting family-workshop exploring how the evolution of plants shaped the world of dinosaurs. Amongst the living fossils of the Chelsea Physic Garden, participants will discover how the dramatically changing world of pre-historic plants impacted on the chosen breakfasts and lunches of allosaurs, sauropods and pterosaurs. Through garden tours, demonstrations and challenges you'll find out how these amazing animals survived for so long and what their daily lives would have been like. The…

Aug20

Living Medicine: Digestive Discomforts

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

The digestive system is seen as fundamental to our overall health in most traditional medicine systems. During the day we will be looking at the physiology and at common problems affecting digestive health and seeing what kinds of herbs, foods and lifestyle strategies can help with these, as well as those promoting digestive function. The day will include a tour of commonly used digestive herbs featured in the Garden, as well as preparing some tea mixes and a digestive remedy.…

Aug22

Art of the Garden -full day

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Come along to create art and craft inspired by the Garden. We will take you on a journey around the world to see vampire plants, spiky cacti, tropical treasures, medicines, worms, tadpoles, birds, vegetables, perfumes, seeds and ferns. Help will be on hand to develop your artistic skills in the inspiring setting of the Garden. Perfect for an artistic naturalist. Try out printing, painting, sketching, model and mobile making using natural and recycled materials. There will plenty to take home…

Aug23

Silk // Unwoven Histories

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Studio Cultivate at Chelsea Physic Garden in 2017 for Silk // Unwoven Histories, as we take you on a journey of story-telling and garden exploration. Weaving our way through Ancient China, to the Roman Empire, and across the war-torn seas of the European Age of Discovery, we'll learn how a smuggling princess, ruthless pirates and one humble worm came together to help a simple fabric conquer the world. An exciting event for the whole family. Through a mix of…

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