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.

Aug25

Professor Buchannan’s Theatrical Blind Wine Tasting SOLD OUT

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An illustration from the last blind wine tasting event at the Garden Join Professor Buchannan and Lab Assistant Charlie, his long suffering colleague, for a blind wine tasting theatrical event like no other at the Garden this summer.  Meet Professor Buchannan and  Charlie amongst the vines of Chelsea Physic Garden to explore the unique and…

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…

Sep01

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

Sep01

The HandleBards

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

We are delighted to announce that The HandleBards will be returning to Chelsea Physic Garden this summer after their sell out shows at the Garden last year. They will be performing Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing. The HandleBards, an all-male troupe of cycling players who pedal across the UK to perform Shakespeare in a…

Sep06

Grow your own scented garden

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Scent can have a powerful effect on emotion and mood. An aromatic garden can be a means to health, well-being and pleasure. This course is designed to help you to create your own fragrant space within a garden as well as covering the therapeutic uses of these fragrant plants. The course will include an illustrated…

Sep12

Painting flowers and fruits of late summer

- 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 conjuction with 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…

Sep15

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

Sep22

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…

Sep28

Ayurveda in daily life

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Ayurveda is know as the mother of all healing systems and orginates from a 5,000 year old philosophical text known as the Atharvaveda. This day will introduce both therapists and interested individuals to the principles and practice of Ayurveda.' With Angela Hope-Murray Angela has been in practice for over 40 years,  she lectures all over…

Sep29

Advanced plant identification

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

The next step on from the Plant Identification for Beginner Course looks in greater depth at plant families, their key characteristics and means of identifying them. The course includes lectures/presentation, an identification walkabout and a practical. With Nick Bailey, Head Gardener

Sep30

Leaf inspired jewellery

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This beginner's class is for anyone who is new to working with metal clay and would like to spend an exciting day experimenting and learning new techniques to make a beautiful leaf pendant from one of the plants growing at Chelsea Physic Garden. With Liz Pearson

Oct06

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

Oct06

Reduced to almost nothing

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Londoners in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London The Great Fire of 1666 made an estimated 100,000 people homeless. What happened to these people? How did the disaster affect them and how did they rebuild their lives and homes afterwards. Museum of London curator Muriel Jeater explores the personal stories behind London's most…

Oct07

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 Dr Karen van Oostrum Karen has a love of plants and the environment, which is…

Oct14

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…

Oct20

Behind the scenes of our propagation programme

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Our Propagation Manager will show you where all the hard work happens to stock the garden every year with new plants.  Have a look around the potting shed, the seed room and the propagation house with her and learn more about how this living collection is brought to life every year. With Nell Jones, Head…

Oct21

Living medicine: skin & first aid

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

The skin is the body's largest organ with many nerve endings to protect us. We will explore how to nourish its many functions with foods and herbs. This practical session will cover how to address many common problems such as eczema, cold sores, insect bites and acne, and which herbs are specific for viral, fungal…

Oct27

Perfumery with the Organic Pharmacy

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Spend a day with us to learn about the remarkable origins and history of scent and perfumes.  You will explore some of the ingredients in perfumery and learn about extraction, sources and origins. Enjoy a tour of the perfumery amphitheater, understand the basics of perfume and finish the day making your own Eau de Cologne…

Nov03

Tea, cotton, rubber and quinine: the Garden at the centre of change

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

From the 18th century, Chelsea Physic Garden became a centre for the cultivation of important economic plants. This talk explores the role key plant hunters and gardeners such as Philip Miller and Robert Fortune played in shaping the history of the Garden, and the world! With Letta Jones Letta is a biologist, historian and educator specialising in garden and natural…