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May30

Chocolate Tuesday. SOLD OUT

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SOLD OUT 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…

May31

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. “Thank you for another…

Jun01

Lotions and Potions. SOLD OUT

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SOLD OUT 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 7+ £13…

Jun01

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.

Jun01

Sam McKnight inspired by gardens: In conversation with Jo Thompson at Chelsea Physic Garden. SOLD OUT

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Sam McKnight inspired by gardens: In conversation with Jo Thompson at Chelsea Physic Garden Thursday 1st June, 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and garden entry). SOLD OUT Fashionistas and flower fans delight!  On June 1st The Chelsea Physic Garden is proud to offer a chance to hear Sam McKnight in conversation. Sam loves plants and flowers and he will talk all about his passion. His garden is often his inspiration, and he will also talk about his career…

Jun02

Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way

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Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way uses gardening methods to help people grow their own happiness. Based on Alan’s forthcoming book, this workshop will show you how gardening skills like composting or companion planting can help you to cultivate your own wellbeing, with Chelsea Physic Garden as our learning model. You can see more at http://www.naturalhappiness.net. After a short introduction, we will spend 30-40 minutes in the Garden, guided by Alan Heeks and Michael Holland, showing the Gardener’s Way in…

Jun08

Introduction to Beekeeping

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This course takes you through the key steps to becoming a successful beekeeper. Learn more about bees and the honey production process, along with how to create the right environment for them to thrive.  With Peter James, CPG Beekeeper. "The tutor’s extraordinary knowledge of his subject answered all my questions – very practical." Price includes refreshments and a light lunch, refreshments and a 10% discount in our Cafe and shop on the day. Introduction to Beekeeping workshop: overview of the day…

Jun15

Propagation for Beginners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Are your seedlings long and spindly? Do your cuttings sit and sulk for ages and then die? Learn how to turn seeds and cuttings into healthy plants. With Nell Jones, Deputy Head Gardener/ Head of Propagation Please scroll down to book tickets

Jun21

Medicinal Plant Summer School

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Medicinal Plant Summer School - with Medical Herbalist Maria Vlotides and Garden Historian Letta Jones. June 21st-23rd, 9.15am-4pm. £250/person (includes refreshments and a light lunch on each day) This 3-day course will explore the history of medicinal plants and botanical gardens from a European context from the 1st Century A.D. to the present. It will focus on 8 key medicinal plants to tell the stories of their uses, histories and identification via: practical sessions to prepare them into usable natural remedies;…

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

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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

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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

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'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.…

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