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Chelsea Physic Garden's World Woodland Garden

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Digitalis Purpurea by Charlie Hopkins The World Woodland Garden opened in 2015 and celebrates forest environments from around the world and the medicinal and useful plants that they produce.

The World Woodland Garden is divided into three geographic regions, Americas, Europe and East Asia, and each region demonstrates the traditional and modern uses of various forest species including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.

Features of the new Garden:

150 new plants will be added to the collection, including a number of ornamental species grown to enrich the seasonal interest of the woodland;

15 wild species of Galanthus will be woven through the planting to further enrich the Gardens existing snowdrop collection;

Broussonetia papyrifera by Tony Glanville A serpentine path will guide visitors through the new plantings; this path reflects the wilderness area that occupied that part of the Garden in the 1700s;

Gathering spaces throughout the woodland area allow the Garden’s volunteer guides to present the collection to groups of visitors;

Low earth banks will define the three geographic regions and provide a sense of enclosure.

Hosta Sieboldiana varelegans by Charlie Hopkins An oak pergola to the south of the World Woodland Garden will link it to one of the Garden’s existing wooded areas, effectively creating a ˝ acre micro-forest.

The World Woodland Garden will support the Gardens key aims in highlighting human’s historic and contemporary usage of plants, helping to further connect visitors with the plants around them.

Visitor Information

Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS
Tel. +44(0)20 7352 5646
Chelsea Physic Garden

Open: Garden, April-end Oct, Mon-Fri, and Sun/BH, 11am-6pm; café 11am-5pm; garden and café open till 10pm on Tue and Wed during July and Aug

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.

Venue Hire
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.

Photos courtesy Chelsea Physic Garden as follows:
Broussonetia papyrifera by Tony Glanville
Hosta Sieboldiana varelegans by Charlie Hopkins
Digitalis purpurea by Charlie Hopkins

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