Garden Steward

Are you a people person dedicated to a high standard of customer service, who would like to spend time in London’s oldest botanic garden? We are looking for a team of friendly Stewards to be a welcoming presence in the Garden and help give our visitors an unforgettable experience.

Duties include:

  • Helping visitors with general enquiries like way finding, events, etc.
  • Helping visitors with plant queries directly or referring them to gardeners or guides.
  • Highlighting particular plants of interest and keeping up to date with what’s happening in the Garden.
  • Supporting Swan Walk entrance on busy days by welcoming visitors and checking Friends’ membership.
  • Supporting families with information about hazards in the garden.
  • Ensuring that the visitors to the Garden are treating its facilities with respect.

You will be adaptable and unfazed by changes, comfortable dealing with everyone from local families to big tourist groups, always maintaining the friendly, professional service we are known for.

For more details, contact Yvonne at

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Horticultural volunteers

Chelsea Physic Garden holds a collection of around 5,000 plants. The Growing Friends produce plants for sale by propagating and growing on a selection of these plants so that visitors are able to take home the perfect memento of their visit. These purchases help to support the work we do in the Garden. The Growing Friends are a very productive, hardworking and, of course, friendly team!

The ideal candidates will:

  • have a keen interest in plants
  • be able to attend regularly on Thursdays, from 10am to 4pm
  • be happy to work outside in a variety of weather conditions
  • be able to join a watering rota in the summer

If you would like to volunteer in London’s oldest botanic garden, an oasis in the middle of Chelsea, please let us know. We do not expect you to be an expert gardener or propagator as training will be given.

For more details contact Allison Napier at

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Are you the one?

Are you a people person dedicated to a high standard of customer service, who would like to spend time in London’s oldest botanic garden?

Apply now

Garden tour guide

The Garden Tour is the centrepiece of many visits to Chelsea Physic Garden. Each tour is as individual as the guides themselves, lasts 45-60 minutes and is delivered without notes.

It’s not easy, but our training programme will make sure you are fully prepared and there’s plenty of support available from our 30-strong team of guides. Horticultural experience is an asset, but not a necessity and previous experience as a guide is not required.

For those working full time, Sunday-only tour guides are very welcome. Successful applicants join our February and March training programme for five full days, then commit to an average of three half-day sessions per month during our main season (April-October) with a minimum commitment to the Garden of three years.

Thank you for considering becoming a Chelsea Physic Garden Tour Guide. Please complete our application form or contact for more details.

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Learning volunteers

Chelsea Physic Garden has a thriving Learning Department that teaches over 5,000 children every year (on-site and off-site) about the importance of plants to their lives. The Department has a team of 4 members of staff and depends on educational volunteers to support the many different activities delivered.

Volunteers can be office-based, Garden-based or home-based. All we ask for is commitment and reliability.

Activities include:

  • Leading Garden tours for visiting school groups
  • Supporting school and family groups with their self-led activities
  • Supporting education staff with activities such as pond-dipping and seed planting
  • Researching and preparing resources for workshops
  • General support with administration, record keeping, monitoring and evaluation

We are also looking for volunteers to support our Sunday activities.

For more information, please email

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