Friends of the Garden

Be inspired at London’s oldest botanic garden

Friends play a vital role in the preservation of Chelsea Physic Garden. This year we celebrate 30 years of Friends’ support of our work. 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. There are numerous additional benefits, as well as year round access, as described below.

Remember that a Friends Membership subscription makes a wonderful gift and helps preserve this historic garden for future generations. 

Join the Friends and enjoy:

  • Unlimited entry for Friends plus one family guest * FREE (joint members can bring one guest each) on weekdays (9.30am-6pm) throughout the year, and also on Sundays and Bank holidays (11am -6pm) between April and the end of October. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
  • Free entry to seasonal events including Late Openings, Christmas Fair and Snowdrop Days
  • Table reservations at Tangerine Dream Café (except during special events)
  • Free entry to Great Dixter House & Gardens, Borde Hill in Sussex and Oxford Botanic Garden including Harcourt Aboretum

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 two invitations 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

To become a Friend of Chelsea Physic Garden please 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.

If you are unable to print out the form, please so write to us with details of the potential Friend/s.

Alternatively, please call 020 7349 6471 with your debit or credit card ready.

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