Shelf Life 

Many of the younger visitors to Chelsea Physic Garden (around 2,500 per year) are very surprised – and often quite disgusted – that their meals may have come from plants. When they see tomatoes in a ketchup bottle, potatoes growing in a crisp packet and mint in a toothpaste tube, the message sinks in.

Michael Holland Head of Education Chelsea Physic Garden

Download our Shelf Life pack to learn more about the importance of plants in our lives and where they come from.  Each Volume is packed full of information about 22 plants in our everyday lives - with plant profiles and tips on how to grow them and create your very own display, you will find games to try out plus curriculum-linked ideas. 

Volume 1: Aloe to Citrus (PDF/9.5MB)

Volume 2: Cotton to Peanut (PDF/7.6MB)

Volume 3: Pineapple to Wheat (PDF/8.8MB)

Volume 5: Games section (PDF/5MB)


Here is an archive of newsletters/fact sheets used by teachers and students.

We supply them online here in text only format as a useful resource for teachers today:

Plant adaptations (Word doc/39KB)

Leaves (Word doc/47.5KB)

Plants and us (Word doc/48KB)

Seeds (Word doc/81.5KB)

Literacy in the landscape (Word doc/38KB)

Numeracy in the landscape (Word doc/43KB)

Water (Word doc/48KB)

Biodiversity (Word doc/74KB)