Friends of the Garden

Be inspired at London’s oldest botanic garden

Friends play a vital role in the preservation of Chelsea Physic Garden. In 1983, the Garden first opened to the public and by 1984 there were already 170 members. Today we can count over 5,000 loyal Friends and we rely on their generosity to nurture the Garden and to support our educational work with schools and budding gardeners.

From as little as £40, join the Friends and enjoy access to this special place throughout the year, while aiding our work. A Friends Membership subscription also makes a wonderful gift and helps preserve this historic garden for future generations. 

Join the Friends and enjoy:

  • Entry for Friends plus one family guest * FREE (joint members can bring one guest each) on weekdays throughout the year, and also on Sundays and Bank holidays between April and the end of October. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Please see full opening hours here.
  • Free entry to seasonal events including Late Openings, Christmas Fair and Snowdrop Days
  • Table reservations at Tangerine Dream Café (except during special events)
  • In partnership with Great Dixter House & Gardens, Borde Hill in Sussex and Oxford Botanic Garden including Harcourt Aboretum, Friends have free admission on their published opening days.

Our Friends newsletters keep our friends in touch with all the latest news and events at the Garden. There is also a monthly e-bulletin which is a regular way of keeping up to date. Please provide your email address on the application form if you wish to receive this.

N.B. Friends must show their membership card on entry or they will be charged the full adult admission of £9.90

*A child aged 5 or over is counted as a guest. A child aged under 5 is not counted as a guest, however please remember the general Garden rule that no more than two under 16s can be admitted per adult.

Become a Grandiflora Patron

For those who would like to give a little more, the aim of the Grandiflora Patrons is to help support the Garden and promote the importance of plants. In addition to Friend’s benefits, Grandiflora Patrons receive invitations throughout the year to exclusive events and can bring two family guests when visiting.

How to Join

Set out below are the current Friends Membership fees:

Friends Scheme Individual Joint
Friend’s Membership (annual) £40 £58
Grandiflora Patron (annual) £350 £500
Life Friend (over 60 years old) £650 £950
Life Friend (under 60 years old) £1,100 £1,600

You can always become a Friend of the Garden when you visit. Our kiosk staff will be happy to answer any questions about the Friends Membership scheme and will be able to issue you with a temporary Friends card on the spot, allowing you to start enjoying the Garden straight away.

Alternatively you can print out and complete the Friends Membership Form (PDF/1.5Mb) and post along with a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to ‘Chelsea Physic Garden’; to: Friends Membership, Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS.

Or finally over the phone, please call 020 7349 6471 (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm) with your debit or credit card ready.

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