World Woodland Garden

World Wood header

Thalictrum sp. Broussonetia papyrifera, Digitalis purpurea
(c) Nick Bailey, (c) Toby Glanville, (c) Charlie Hopkinson

Woodland and wilderness areas have been part of the fabric of Chelsea Physic Garden for over 250 years, and the new Garden will continue this legacy. However unlike previous plantings, the World Woodland Garden will focus on medicinal and useful plants from forest environments around the world.

The new Garden is divided into three sections, the northern portion will display species from North American woodlands, while the mid-section will demonstrate plants from Europe. The southern section will house species from East Asia, Each region will demonstrate the traditional and modern uses of various forest species including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.

Features of the new Garden

The World Woodland Garden will be open on 1 April 2015, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to discover the woodland plantings which have been used for millennia to cure ills, feed us and provide shelter.