Walks Talks & Workshops

Pre-booking is essential for all workshops and courses that are not free of charge.

Download a PDF of our Walks, Talks and Workshops brochure here.

May05

Behind the scenes at the Physic Garden

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the Garden and its rich history on this exclusive tour. Discover parts of the Garden not normally accessible to the public and pick up some gardening tips. With Nell Jones, Head of Propagation. Book now

May05

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

The curators of the British Library’s new exhibition talk about the rise and fall of Shakespeare’s reputation through the ages. Join them to find out more about the unusual, surprising—and sometimes downright bizarre—stories they have uncovered for the exhibition, from time-travelling pigs to Shakespeare’s morris-dancing colleague. This illustrated talk will offer glimpses of the curators’…

May18

Painting spring leaves and buds

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Spend quality time capturing the charming detail of seasonal plants in watercolour.  Advice on technique and individual assistance will be offered. With Lucy T Smith in conjunction with the Chelsea School of Botanical Art Lucy is a freelance Australian botanical artist based in the UK, and for the past 14 years has produced many illustrations and…

May19

Nature Printing

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Nature printing is a wonderful way of representing plants, developed by physicians in the 15th century as an aid in their study of medicinal and useful plants. Join designer and printmaker Pia Östlund for a two-day workshop at Chelsea Physic Garden to explore this captivating technique. Day One begins with an illustrated talk on the…

May19

Propagation for beginners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Are your seedlings long and spindly?  Do your cuttings sit and sulk for ages and then die?  Come and learn how to give your seeds and cuttings the best chance of turning into healthy plants. With Nell Jones, Head of Propagation Book now

May27

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 of digestion and at common problems affecting digestive health and see what kinds of herbs, foods and lifestyle strategies can help with these, as well as those promoting digestive…

Jun02

Behind the scenes at the Physic Garden

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the Garden and its rich history on this exclusive tour. Discover parts of the Garden not normally accessible to the public and pick up some gardening tips. With Nick Bailey, Head Gardener Book now

Jun02

Aloes, algorithms and adjectives – a Chelsea Flower Show adventure

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Fresh from his RHS Chelsea Flower Show experience, Nick will share the ups and downs of designing a show garden as well as some top tips from his new book 365 Days of Colour. Followed by a book signing. With Nick Bailey, Head Gardener Nick Bailey is a garden designer, writer and speaker. He has been Head Gardener…

Jun08

Textile Basketry

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Create woven pod forms, while weaving textile-based basketry, inspired by seed pods growing in the Garden. Using a variety of materials from rope to threads, the pods can be woven in a range of sizes and with texture, colour and pattern. With Mary Crabb Book now

Jun09

Introduction to beekeeping

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This practical one-day course gives an insight into beekeeping and the equipment needed to get started. Learn more about bees and the honey production process, along with how to create the right environment for them to thrive. This course takes you through the key steps to becoming a successful beekeeper. With Peter James, Chelsea Physic…

Jun16

An introduction to indoor gardening

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Discuss common challenges ecountered in indoor gardening and how to overcome them. This course will include growing environments and conditions, choosing suitable plants, horticultural practise, pests and diseases and other problems. With Tom McCarter, Glasshouse Manager Book now

Jun23

From Flower to Flacon

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the origins of plant-based scents and the factors that make a good and balanced fragrance. Enjoy a tour of the Garden to familiarise yourself with some of the source material, then mix your own unique blend. Book now

Jun29

Drawing trees and leaves

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Spend the day drawing a selection of the trees and leaves that can be found in the Garden. With Sarah Simblet in conjunction with Chelsea School of Botanical Art. Dr Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, writer, broadcaster and anatomist, whose work explores the relationship between science, history and art. Ticket price includes a light lunch.…

Jun30

Beginner’s plant ID

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This workshop aims to demystify Latin plant names. You will get an overview of the international system for naming and classifying plants as well as some practical experience in identifying plant parts and using keys. By the end of the workshop, you should be able to identify some of the major plant families and will…

Jul06

Garden photography and digital processing

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn how to process your digital image files, propelling your photography to a new and exciting level of creative expression. This workshop welcomes photographers with little of no experience of Adobe Lightroom processing software. N.B. Your camera must be able to capture RAW files as well as JPEG. With Philip Smith Testimonials from Philip’s previous…

Jul07

Behind the scenes at the Physic Garden

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the Garden and its rich history on this exclusive tour. Discover parts of the Garden not normally accessible to the public and pick up some gardening tips. With Nick Bailey, Head Gardener Book now

Jul07

A Century of Scents

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The incredible stories of 100 perfumes, from a whole century of scents. From ignature scents and now lost masterpieces, to the visionaires who conceived them, the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them and the women and men who wore them - every perfume has a tale to tell. This talk will include a sniffable…

Jul14

Dangers and delights

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Scents and sensing in the 15th - 18th Century. Did the past stink? And why do we think so? How can smells have a history? Drawing on examples which range from the floral to the faecal, Dr. Mark Jenner (University of York) examines the changing cultural significance of smells and smelling with particular refernece to…

Jul19

Botany for gardeners

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

When is a fruit a fruit? What exactly is a potato, or an onion? Is a strawberry a fruit? This course if for anyone who would like a relaxed introduction to the world of botany, from the gardenr's perspective. (longer description available) With Karen van Oostrum Karen has a love of plants and the environment,…

Jul20

Compost clinic

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Whether you have a heap, bin or wormery, we lift the lid on the world of compost and teach you how to make the ultimate ‘black gold’. Produce great compost and reduce what you throw away. Learn how to improve the quality of your soil through simple processes to enable your plants to flourish. You…