Plant science

The Garden itself is an exciting resource for researchers and professionals, with over 4,000 plant taxa in the botanic garden, including a collection of threatened plants, and a valuable mix of habitats.

Chelsea Physic Garden has always been a place for learning and science and this remains true to this day. From our living collection of plants to our archive of scientifically accurate botanical illustrations produced by the Florilegium society we are always learning about the power of plants.

Plant database

Are you wondering whether you can find your favourite plant in the Chelsea Physic Garden? Did you see an interesting plant yesterday, but have forgotten its name?

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Florilegium Society

Chelsea Physic Garden has played a central role in the development of botanical painting in the UK and abroad and our Florilegium Society continues to contribute to this.

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Index Seminum

The seed exchange of plant material enable Botanic Gardens all over the world to introduce new plants to their countries and to maintain interesting and diverse collections within their grounds.

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The Garden’s unique microclimate and location has allowed many of our gardeners throughout our history to grow plants not frequently found outside in the UK, including the UK’s largest fruiting olive tree.

The global climate is changing and our Garden can’t escape the effects of this. We have declared a microclimate emergency and are tracking the impact on our collection as well as finding ways to combat the changes.

Gardener's Blog

Nell Jones, Head of Plant Collections, fills us in on what he and the team are up to each month. Our glasshouse project is well underway and lots of plans are afoot to restore the gardens to their original splendour.

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