Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chelsea Physic Garden

First off, I finally got around to posting Part Two about Wisley - I encourage you take a look:

Just down the road from the Chelsea Royal Hospital, is the hidden gem that is the four acre Chelsea Physic Garden.  We started off by taking a very informative 90 minute tour of the garden.

The 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 identifying plants.  Sir Hans Sloan leased the property to them for £5 per year in perpetuity. 

Early on, the garden became a repository for the newest plants brought back by British plant hunters.  It has over 5,000 different plants and 100 different types of trees.

There is a small water garden with water lilies, tadpoles, water skippers, and dragonflies.

A small greenhouse has a collection of palms...

and ferns and sedges.  I was amused to see a nice stand of Scouring Rush Horsetails (2nd from the left bottom row) as they grow wild on our property back in Oregon.  The garden staff is also very proud of their podophyllum (2nd from the right bottom row) of which I was recently gifted with several plants myself!   

There are Herb & Medicinal plant collections which are divided into the Pharmaceutical Garden, the Garden of World Medicine, and the Garden of Edible and Useful Plants.

Whew!  I think it's time for lunch.  I can recommend the Aberdeen Angus beef with roasted Jersey potatoes.

Okay back to it.  There is a very nice vegetable garden which this year is highlighting Super Foods. 

This greenhouse had succulents, cacti, and other tropicals.

The garden has its own beehive (2nd from left on top row) and as a result is buzzing with happy pollinators.

Gardens inherently are awash in green.

This photo showcases some of the many beds which are set out by Plant Family.

These are some of the many shining stars.

I think the Plant Family beds were my favorite part of the garden.

You'd think that might be a boring and set way to display plants, but it certainly was not so.

Over eighteen different kinds of birds have been observed at the Chelsea Physic Garden.  My list today included: A Garden Cat (just observing - not hunting), a Magpie, a Robin, a Parakeet, a juvenile Great Tit, a juvenile Greenfinch, a Blackbird, and an adult Great Tit.

A wonderful garden - a wonderful afternoon.


Ann at Beadlework. said...

What a beautiful and interesting place to visit Beth, I would guess you had a much warmer day today. I've just caught up with your second Wisley post and was so taken with the woodpecker feeding it's baby. You've had so many lovely experiences to remember this trip by.

Barb said...

You have seen so many wonderful gardens! I'm a bit envious.

Mouse said...

ooooo and this one looks a fab place to go and visit too ... like the flowers and how things are set out and a Parakeet too ...not something you see every day in a British garden
love mouse xxxx
ps will come back to the river cruise later :) love mouse xxxx

cucki said...

Wow it's so beautiful and I love reading about it..
Love xxx

Chris said...


Margaret said...

What I love is that not only are you touring all these wonderful gardens, but you (and I!) are learning about the history of gardens and plants and all too. How cool to visit a garden dedicated to medicine and such! And the history behind it! (Can you tell I love history?)

Vickie said...

What a gorgeous vegetable garden!

Giovanna said...

What a wonderful place - thanks for sharing!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Beautiful--I loved seeing the orderly vegetable garden with super foods!