Chelsea Physic Garden
1 November 2015 to 31 March 2016, the Garden only will be open (the Café and Shop are closed) Mondays to Fridays, 9.30am-4pm or dusk (whichever arrives earlier).
66 Royal Hospital Road
020 7352 5646
The Chelsea Physic Garden was established in 1673 as the Apothecaries’ Garden in London
Since 1673 Chelsea Physic Garden has occupied four acres of land on the edge of the River Thames in London. This walled garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for the study of medicinal and useful plants. The site was chosen for its proximity to the river, which at the time was the most important transport route in London and allowed the Apothecaries to moor their barge and carry out botanising expeditions.
In 1680 Hans Sloane studied at the Garden, and in 1722 he purchased the Manor of Chelsea, which included the Garden. To thank the Apothecaries who had trained him Sloane rented them the Garden in perpetuity for just £5 a year; this is still paid to his descendants today.
The Garden today aims to educate visitors about the importance of plants through its collection of over 5000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants.
Features include the oldest pond rockery in Europe, the Garden of Medicinal Plants, the Garden of Edible & Useful Plants, the Glasshouse collections and the World Woodland Garden. Featuring Snowdrops in February, stunning summer displays and the popular Christmas Fair, a visit to the Garden is a unique and educational outing at any time of the year.