Friends of the 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 6,000 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 £37.50, 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:

  • In appreciation of your support, Friends enjoy:
    • Free entry to the Garden for you and one family guest throughout the year during opening hours
    • Early entry to the Garden during the main season (1 hour before public opening)
    • Table reservations at Tangerine Dream Café, including July and August late openings
    • Free entry to partner gardens including Borde Hill Garden, Great Dixter House & Gardens and Oxford Botanic Gardens & Arboretum (valid for card holder only)
    • Annual Friends’ newsletter and monthly e-newsletter including advance notices of Evening Events, Walks Talks & Workshops and Gardeners’ highlights

N.B. Friends must show their membership card on entry or they will be charged the full adult admission of £10.50

*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

Friends Scheme Individual Joint
Friend’s Membership (annual) £50 £73
Grandiflora Patron (annual) £400 £570
Life Friend (over 60 years old) £765 £1,134
Life Friend (under 60 years old) £1,304 £1,928

Pay by Direct Debit (annual recurring payment) and receive a 25% discount on annual Friend’s membership fee for the first year,  complete this form .Your membership will be automatically renewed each year unless you notify us otherwise. £37.50 for an individual membership and £54.75 for a joint membership.

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 2017 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.