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.

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

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. With Karen van Oostrum Karen has a love of plants and the environment, which is underpinned…

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…

Jul21

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

Jul21

The wonderful world of rose fragrances

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

A talk about the art and science of breeding roses for fragrance and the nuances of scent between the different Michael Marriott joined David Austin Roses in 1985 firstly as nursery manager and then as technical director and rosarian giving advice on all matters relating to roses, designing rose gardens, writing, lecturing and generally promoting the…

Jul27

Garden natural history

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden represents a mini, urban nature reserve. Using examples living within it Michael will introduce some of the common and more obscure plants, animals and microorganisms and how they fit together in their ecosystem. There will be an element of gardening to encourage wildlife and the chance to sow seeds of beneficial plants…

Jul28

The fantastical world of vegetal scent

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Why is smell still a potent summoner of memories and associations, when we rely so comprehensively on the visual? In the plant world it is still the primary mode of communication. This evening considers the resonance and counterpoint between plants' use of scent and our own. With Richard Mabey Richard Mabey is a naturalist and…

Jul29

Rosa, rosa: a day with the queen of flowers

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

A rose perfume day encompassing botany, history, science and art. From plant to perfume, handle and evaluate rose in all its forms from flower to CO2 extract. The course will include perfumery experimentation, sampling some of the most important and celebrated rose perfumes in the fragrance canon and a tasting session encompassing rose alcohols and…

Aug04

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

Aug04

Scented decadence

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Why did the scent or roses encapsulate the spirit of Decadence in late nineteenth-century art? This talk explores the use and abuse of perfume and its pleasures and pains in scenes of fragrant intoxication. With Dr. Christina Bradstreet Christina is the Courses and Events Programmer in the Education department at the National Gallery. Christina is…

Aug12

Natural dyes

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Learn about the past, present and future of textiles and natural dyes in this one-day workshop with Sue Craig. You will have the chance to experiment with various colours, fabrics and techniques to produce beautiful works of art to take away along with new creative skills. With Sue Craig Sue is a tutor at Plumpton…

Aug18

An introduction to indoor gardening

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Discuss common challenges encountered 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

Aug18

A society guided by scent

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

The hunter-gatherers in the Malay Peninsula have a remarkable number of words to describe smell. From navigating their environment  to the use of smell in ritual practices, this talk examines the importance of this sense in their society. With Daniel Kricheff and Alice Rudge Daniel and Alice are PhD Students from UCL who have carried…

Aug19

Living medicine: sleep, anxiety & fatigue

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Sleeping difficulties, anxiety and fatigue have many causes. Understanding our basic hormonal functions and rhythms shows us how to improve their resilience. We will identify herbs in the garden that affect our hormones and nervous system and explore how specific foods and eating patterns support sleep and mood. Our practical remedy-making will include how to…

Aug24

Eating on the wild side

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

A fresh look at crops and how to get the most out of them. With James Wong

Aug31

Trees of Chelsea Physic Garden

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

An illustrated talk exploring tree history, identification and their herbal uses, followed by a chance to visit some of the Garden's notable trees. With Letta Jones Letta is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She is also a former Chelsea Physic Garden volunteer guide.

Sep01

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…