Organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Guided tour of Chelsea Physic Garden

  • Chelsea Physic Garden, |
  • Guided Tour |
  • Tuesday, 7 June 2016 - 13:00

Founded in 1673 as the Apothecaries Garden, Chelsea Physic Garden was established to train apprentices in the recognition of medicinal plants. Close to the River Thames and surrounded by sheltering walls, the Garden benefits from a microclimate which allows the survival of non-native plants. The Manor of Chelsea, including the Garden, was bought in 1712 by Dr Hans Sloane, the physician and philanthropist. In 1721, he gave the Physic Garden to the Society of Apothecaries in perpetuity for £5 a year, on condition that it provided 'fifty good herbarium samples per year, up to a total of 2,000 plants' to the Royal Society, of which he was a Fellow. This hidden gem was opened to the public in 1983.

Join a one-hour guided tour of this wonderful garden which includes the oldest man-made rock garden in Europe with a Grade II listing and a unique living collection of over 5,000 edible, useful, historical and medicinal plants. Learn about the many rare and endangered species as well as the history of the famous botanists associated with the garden.  After the tour, there will be tea and cake in the garden’s café, Tangerine Dream.

This event has been organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road London SW3 4HS