Secret London - Chelsea Physic Garden

Published: 04/03/2023 By Allan Fuller

Tucked away in Chelsea, hidden behind a high wall, there is an incredible 350-year-old haven of peace and tranquillity. 

Chelsea Physic Garden 
Sitting on the Thames Embankment, Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the oldest and most respected botanic gardens in Europe. It is the oldest in London, and only surpassed in age, in England, by Oxford Botanic Garden.

Founded in 1673 by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London for its apprentices to study medicinal plants and their uses, it became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. 

Chelsea Physic Garden’s plant collection is unique in being the only botanic garden collection focused on medicinal, herbal and useful plants.

Today, as an independent charity, they rely on visitors, Friends of Chelsea Physic Garden and supporters to help protect and nurture the Garden for future generations.

Spring Open Day
Saturday, 22 April it is open for this celebration of Spring, with FREE entry and a plant fair, showcasing nurseries, houseplants, botanical inspired gifts and much more!

Go along to browse over 30 stalls and pick up the perfect plants for your home or garden. Ideal for plant lovers and gardeners! This is a great time in the horticultural calendar to stock up on plants to make sure 2023 is the best year yet for your windowsill, balcony, or garden. 

Choose from succulents in decorative pots, outdoor plants, or houseplants – there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for a special item for you or your home, be sure to check out the stalls selling decorative botanically inspired items and gift.

Throughout the day there will also be free drop-in gardening and plant demonstrations.

The Physic Garden Café will be open all day for snacks, hot and cold drinks and sit-down dining. Open 10am – 5pm.

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