Friday, 25 April 2008

Chelsea Physic Garden

Many thanks to Dave for reminding me to look up the opening times for Chelsea Physic Garden, a fantastic secret walled garden tucked away in central London (a few stops on the bus from Victoria station). It was begun in the 17th century as an apothecary's garden in order to train apprentices in plant indentification and promote the study of botany in "physic" or the healing arts .

I can confidently assert that anyone who finds this blog interesting will love it!

As its open more often this year, I'm hoping to go once a month as there is so much to see and of course it all changes! If anyone is planning a trip to London, it would be well worth fitting it in.

2008 Season: 19 March - 31 October
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 12-5pm
Sundays 12-6pm
Bank Holidays and Good Friday, 12-6pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Extended Opening Information for 2008
The Garden is open from Monday to Friday 12-5pm during Chelsea Flower Show week 20-24 May inclusive (Please note that on Thursday 22 May the Garden will not open until 2pm.)
In July and August the Garden is open until 10pm on Wednesdays, last admission at 8:30pm. The cafe will be open until the Garden shuts.


Cheryl said...

It looks beautiful hedgewitch. You are lucky to have these places not far from home.

Hedgewitch said...

I will take loads of photos to post when I visit, cheryl .. yes, I am very lucky.

I'm really glad you said that.. sometimes living in the city I get sad that I can't wander about in nature down lanes and in fields and so forth.. the buildings and traffic here seem so continuous and tiring, if you know what i mean?

But London has fantastic green places - the parks in central London are gorgeous - and I am so lucky to be able to hop on the tube and go to somewhere as exciting as the Chelsea Physic Garden.

.. and when the city starts getting me down, i just pop up onto the roof!

Dave Coulter said...

I'm so glad you found it! One of these days I may see it myself.
All this reminds me of a book I have called Garden of Eden (by Prest). It's a history of the earliest botanic gardens in Europe. It may mention Chelsea.

earthwoman said...

Thanks for this reminder, it's been on my wish list for a while and now I've booked it in for Sunday as my parents are visiting. We'll all love it I'm sure.

Hedgewitch said...

hi earthwoman .. glad to be of service!

I hope you all have a wonderful time .. I know you'll love it, and you should have a lovely day for it, too :-)