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Chelsea Physic Garden
United Kingdom - London
Institution Code: CHEL
International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y
Statue of Sir Hans Sloane, benefactor of Chelsea Physic Garden.
About the Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673 in order to promote the study of botany in relation to medicine, then known as the "physic" or healing arts. As the second oldest botanic garden in England it still fulfills the traditional functions of scientific research and plant conservation and undertakes to educate and inform as well as to provide the amenity of a walled "secret" garden in the heart of London.
Its aims are:
• to demonstrate through its plantings and publications the range of species named or introduced to cultivation by a succession of distinguished curators;
• to pursue horticultural excellence, especially in the cultivation of rare and tender plants;
• to demonstrate to all who visit the many uses of plants and particularly the heritage of the plant world as our common medicine chest