The Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden

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The Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanic garden and outdoor classroom. It was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries and was developed as a place to train their apprentices in the art of ‘physic’ or healing.

In 1983, a new charity was set up to maintain and manage the four acre site and the Garden officially opened its gates to the public for the first time. Today, it attracts over 3,000 school children and over 40,000 visitors a year and continues to be a key player in the world of botany and plant research. It is open March to October, 6 days a week, with open days varying between friends/members, the general public and school groups.

Aims and Objectives of the Garden
In keeping within the spirit of the Apothecaries and its original remit and purpose, the Garden has three key aims. These are to:
• Demonstrate the uses of a wide range of plants, in particular those used in medicine;
• Promote education and scientific research in all areas of plant sciences, ecology and conservation;
• Preserve this historic site and its unique heritage for the benefit of all.

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