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.

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

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

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

'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 Nell Jones, Acting 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.

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 Nell Jones, Acting 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.

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…

Sep14

The Garden in Paint and Stitch: a 2-day Machine Embroidery course

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Inspired by the flowers and foliage of the Chelsea Physic Garden students will create a thread painted flower study on hand painted silk. Students will start this course exploring the garden for inspiration, taking photographs of flowers, observing shapes and form, gathering ideas for colour combinations and designs. Through tutor demonstrations you will learn how…

Sep21

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 practice; pests, diseases and other problems. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to successfully care for plants indoors. With Joe Bassett, Glasshouse…

Sep21

Supper Talk: ‘It’s not all about the flowers’

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

'It's not all about the flowers' - with Matthew Wilson Thursday September 21st, 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and garden entry). Join Matthew for his fascinating gardening talk on fabulous foliage for your garden. Includes great garden advice hints and tips. Matthew Wilson is a garden designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster and…

Sep28

The Lost Art of 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…

Oct05

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nell Jones, Acting 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.

Oct05

Supper Talk: How to Eat Better

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Supper talk : 'How to Eat Better' with James Wong Thursday October 5th, 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and Garden entry) James will be talking about some of the revelations and discoveries featured in his new book which strips away the fad diets & superfood fixations to give you a straight-talking scientist’s guide…

Oct06

Compost Clinic

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Whether you have a heap, bin or wormery; a patio or a palace, we will lift the lid on the world of composting and teach you how to make the ultimate 'black gold' and help you to reduce what you throw away. You will learn about the wonderful creatures lurking in a typical compost heap…

Oct15

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…

Oct19

Painting Autumn Fruits

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Spend some quality time capturing the charming detail of seasonal fruits in watercolour. These include rosehips, poppy seedheads, dogwood fruits, hawthorn berries and sunflower seeds. Advice on technique and individual assistance will be offered. With Lucy T. Smith, Botanical Artist. Lucy T Smith in a freelance Australian botanical artist based in the UK, and for the past…

Oct19

Supper Talk: ‘The Joys and Powers of Herbs’ with Judith Hann

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Supper Talk: 'The Joys and Powers of Herbs' with Judith Hann Join Judith Hann to hear about her passion for growing and cooking with herbs. Although she is known as a science broadcaster, and as a respected presenter of Tomorrow’s World for 20 years, Judith has always been interested in food. Her real interest in using herbs started in…

Nov02

Behind the Scenes Tour

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Join Nell Jones, Acting 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.