Walks Talks & Workshops

Pre-booking is essential for all Walks, Talks, Workshops and courses.
Event fees include Garden entry.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to book, or click on the individual listings for more information

Download a PDF of our ‘What’s On’ brochure for Jan-May 2017 here.

Apr28

Textile Basketry

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Join Textile Artist Mary Crabb for a one-day course exploring seed and pods forms, inspired by a visit to the Garden, with a focus on the Banskia seed and Cocoa pod. Mary will teach the technique of twining to enable the making of a small textured woven pod. Twining involves the weaving of two threads…

May04

Behind the Scenes Tour

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Join Nick Bailey, 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 tickets

May04

Evening Taster: Come Dye with Us!

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A new addition to our 2017 programme, these tasters will give you the chance to try out a new hobby or a creative skill after work. Spend the evening working with Shibori dyeing and other techniques to make your own Suffolk puff keyring, using natural dyes from onions and logwood. Take home your creations along…

May07

Macro Photography – plants and gardens

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This workshop provides you with the skills and techniques required to improve your photography of plants and gardens. Suitable for all levels of photographers. Tutor: Philip Smith, Garden Photographer. Important information: You will need suitable clothing for outdoors. Please bring your own single lens reflex DSLR camera and macro lens, batteries and charger and a…

May18

Introduction to Indoor Gardening

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

A short course to introduce some common challenges that are encountered with indoor gardening and how to overcome them. The course will cover; growing environments and conditions; choosing suitable plants; horticultural practise; pests, diseases and other problems. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to successfully care for plants indoors. With Lucy Rowley, Gardener/…

Jun01

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nick Bailey, 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 tickets

Jun02

Natural Happiness – the Gardener’s Way

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

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…

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…

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

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

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…

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…

Jul06

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nick Bailey, 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 tickets

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…

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…

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…

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…

Aug03

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nick Bailey, 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 tickets

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…

Sep07

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nick Bailey, 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 tickets

Sep07

Screen Printing Evening Taster

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

A new addition to our 2017 programme, these tasters will give you the chance to try out a new hobby or a creative skill after work. Learn about the screen printing process step-by-step in this informal, hands-on workshop for all ability levels. Nicole will guide you through the process, resulting in a collection of samples…