Chelsea Physic Garden
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Chelsea Physic Garden information
This walled pocket of botanical enchantment was established by the Apothecaries’ Society in 1676 for students working on medicinal plants and healing. One of Europe’s oldest of its kind, the small grounds are a compendium of botany, from carnivorous pitcher plants to rich yellow flag irises, a cork oak from Portugal, delightful ferns, and rare trees and shrubs.
The fascinating pharmaceutical garden grows plants used in contemporary Western medicine; the world medicine garden has a selection of plants used by indigenous peoples in Australia, China, India, New Zealand and North America; and there’s a heady perfume and aromatherapy garden. Enter from Swan Walk. Free tours are held three times daily and a host of courses and lectures detail plant remedies.