Chelsea Physic Garden is delighted to present a ‘companion to the Garden’. This guide book can be used to accompany a visit to the Garden but is also a memento of all the Garden has to offer. It provides an insight into the Garden’s rich history, current plant collections and botanical work.
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The book traces the Garden’s history from its founding by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673, and the instruction of trainee apothecaries ensuring that they could distinguish between plants that help fight disease and those which could be deadly.
The Society of Apothecaries’ Coat of Arms, which remains on the Garden’s Embankment Gates (and on the books cover), illustrates this original aim as does the motto “throughout the world I am the bringer of health”. This original purpose of the Garden continues today through its education programme and garden displays such as the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the World Woodland Garden.
Written by Head Gardener, Nick Bailey, the book takes the reader through the Garden with beautiful photography illustrating the history and importance of each area on the detailed map. Including the new World Woodland Garden, Garden of Medicinal Plants, the Garden of Edible and Useful Plants and the History Beds, which highlight the pioneering plantsmen who introduced many of the plants which we now take for granted.
The book covers all aspects of the Garden, even including an instruction on the understanding and de-coding of plant labels, and is available to purchase from the Garden for only £5.
Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS
Tel. +44(0)20 7352 5646
1 April until 31 October
Tuesday to Friday and Sunday/Bank Holidays 11am - 6pm
Wednesdays from 1 July – 2 September 2015, 11am - 10pm
Admission (including free guided or audio tour)
£9.90: adults (including seniors)
£6.60: students (with student cards); children 5-15 years (with full supervision)
£8.80: pre-booked groups of 8 or more
Free to Friends of the Garden (annual single membership for 2015 £44)
Expert guides lead free tours of the Garden.
Free audio guides are also available for visitors wishing to tour the Garden independently.
The Garden is wheelchair accessible.
Disabled access via 66 Royal Hospital Road.
The Chelsea Physic Garden Shop is open during public opening hours offering botanical books, plants and seeds from the Garden, as well as gifts, such as toys, cards, homemade soaps and chocolate, inspired by the Garden and its collections.
The Tangerine Dream Café is open during public opening hours serving delicious homemade food and drinks and is fully licensed.
Chelsea Physic Garden is an ideal venue for wedding, parties and corporate events. The central lawn accommodates a marquee holding up to 250 seated/400 standing. A fully serviced lecture room, The Gallery, accommodates up to 70 for meetings or private functions.
How to get there
Chelsea Physic Garden is easily accessible by public transport.
Visitor entrance is via Swan Walk Gate.
Underground stations: Sloane Square (District & Circle Lines), South Kensington (Piccadilly, District & Circle Lines).
Mainline trains to Victoria & Clapham Junction and 170 Bus, alight at Chelsea Physic Garden.
Also Buses 11, 19, 22, 137, 211, 319, 360 & C1 stop nearby.