03.21.2018

A Beautful Garden in the Heart of Chelsea

Chelsea Physics Garden in London is one of the city's best kept secrets, and home to an incredible diversity of edible, useful, medicinal, and historical plants

  • A Beautful Garden in the Heart of Chelsea
  • A Beautful Garden in the Heart of Chelsea
  • A Beautful Garden in the Heart of Chelsea
  • A Beautful Garden in the Heart of Chelsea
  • A Beautful Garden in the Heart of Chelsea
  • A Beautful Garden in the Heart of Chelsea

There is a little green oasis tucked away beside the River Thames in the heart of Chelsea, London, where plants have been growing since 1673 and you can find the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world’s most northerly outdoor grapefruit tree. Despite sitting in the middle of the vibrant neighborbood's contemporary hustle and bustle, this remarkable piece of the city's history has managed to preserve its original charm, dating back to when the Apothecaries first established it to grow useful and medicinal plants that have changed the world.
 
The Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanic garden, and it has seen numerous, notable figures over the years, including Sir Hans Sloane (to whom nearby Sloane Square owes its name), a famous physician, naturalist, collector and the founder of the British Museum, who purchased the Manor of Chelsea from Charles Cheyne, and leased the Garden to the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London for just £5 a year in perpetuity. The garden still pays this sum to Sir Hans' descendants today.
 
Among other notable curators is Thomas Moore, who made the Garden the foremost collection of medicinal plants in Britain during the Victorian era.
 
Chelsea Physic Garden is home to a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants contained within its sheltering walls. 
The Garden’s warm micro-climate also allows many tender plants to flourish here, including a number of rare and endangered species, and the Glasshouses hold a collection of tropical and sub-tropical species, complemented by a Victorian Cool Fernery.
 
There is always something going in the garden, from family activities in the weekend, ranging from exploring the world of mini-beasts to learning how to make your own herbal remedies and chocolate blends, to gardening courses and workshops. Yet you certainly need no excuse to come and enjoy the beauty of this quintessentially British corner of beauty and peace.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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