Tucked away beside the River Thames in London, 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 means that many tender plants flourish here including a number of rare and endangered species.
Discover 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.
Our Foster and Pearson glasshouses are over a hundred years old. Glasshouses have a long tradition at the Garden, they've allowed many a gardener to cultivate exotic species for over 300 years.Read more
Growing plants in separate beds according to their family is a long-running botanic garden tradition, helping to teach plant classification.Read more
The Pond Rockery has stood at the centre of the Garden since 1773. It is a Grade II listed structure and thought to be the oldest rock garden in Europe.Read more
Planted along the warmest wall of the garden is an extensive collection of species from the Canary Islands and Madeira.Read more
The Historical Walk laid out along the western side of the garden in the 1980s, has been planted to show the work of some of the best-known people associated with the Garden’s history over the last 300 years, through plants introduced or first named by them.Read more
The Garden of Edible and Useful Plants was established in 2012 and displays an extraordinary range of plant species on which humanity depends, from forest fruits and land restoration plants to plants used for hygiene, science and the arts.Read more
Woodland and wilderness areas have been part of the fabric of Chelsea Physic Garden for over 250 years. The World Woodland Garden focuses on medicinal and useful plants from forest environments across three regions: North America, Europe and East Asia.Read more
Medicinal plants have been grown at the Garden since the 17th century, we continue this tradition today with displays of over 400 medicinal species used globally in the past, present and potentially the future.Read more