The Chelsea Physic Garden
This month I wanted to talk about one of my favourite gardens in London, and definitely worth a visit. Located between Chelsea Embankment and the Kings Road, (10 minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station or a short bus ride from Victoria station).
Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London and was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for the purpose of training apprentices in the identification and use of medicinal plants. It subsequently became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world.
Nowadays it is dedicated to demonstrating the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind and is a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants. A unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants is contained within its sheltering walls.
The Garden’s warm microclimate means that many tender plants flourish here including a number of rare and endangered species. It has the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world’s most northerly outdoor grapefruit tree. From pomegranates to ginkgos, mulberries to eucalyptus, there are over 100 different species of tree in the Garden, many of which are rare in Britain. The Glasshouses hold a collection of tropical and sub-tropical species, complemented by a Victorian Cool Fernery.
This hidden gem is a peaceful green oasis for a relaxing stroll and lunch or afternoon tea at the Tangerine Dream Café which sells delicious food freshly prepared and cooked on the premises, using some of the plants grown in the garden.
More information about the garden’s rich history can be found on their website.
Save the Date – Christmas Fair 2016
26 & 27 November 2016
Damask will be exhibiting for the first time at their popular Christmas Fair in November, where we will be selling our ladies cotton nightdresses & children’s cotton nightdresses, pyjamas & cotton dressing gowns together with a selection of quilts and accessories, all of which make ideal Xmas presents.
There will be over 100 exhibitors selling a broad range of beautifully designed and crafted products including jewellery, clothing, contemporary crafts, toys and a selection of festive fare. It is the perfect opportunity to buy gifts for your loved ones or perhaps to treat yourself. This fundraising event will help to support the Garden.
The Christmas Fair is on: Sat 26 Nov 10am–5pm & Sun 27 Nov 10am–4pm
Adults £6 / Friends & under 16’s free
Tickets available on the door, or pre book on their website:
The Garden, Café, Book & Gift Shop are open Tuesdays – Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays until 31 October 2016.
On Mondays the Garden is open, 10am – 5pm, but the Book & Gift Shop and Café are closed.
Chelsea Physic Garden: 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7352 5646