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.

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 SOLD OUT

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…

Aug11

Intoxicating Sensory Soirée

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Join us for a scented summer evening in the Garden at our Intoxicating Sensory Soirée. The event celebrates our theme for the year, Captivating Scents: fresh, floral, foetid, and will give you the chance to explore the Garden after-hours and discover an array of scented activities. Across the Garden you will be able to delve…

Aug12

Natural dyes – cancelled

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

This event has been cancelled, we apologies for any inconvenience caused. 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…

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 SOLD OUT

- at Chelsea Physic Garden

Tickets for this event have sold out. 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.…

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

Aug25

Professor Buchannan’s Theatrical Blind Wine Tasting

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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

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