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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.
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

Main Address:
Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road, LONDON SW3 4HS,U.K.
SW3 4HS United Kingdom

Telephone: 44 (0)20 7352 5646
Fax: 44 (0)20 7376 3910
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Christopher Bailes
    Curator's Name: Christopher Bailes
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Mark Pateman
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: N
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: N
    Status: Trust: Y
  • Date founded: 1673
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 1 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.48451
    Longitude: -0.162304
    Annual Rainfall: 662 mm
    Altitude: 5.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Local Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road
  • Locality: City: London
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 600
    Arboretum: N
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: N
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 33000
    Number of Volunteers: 60

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 18216
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 4866
  • Special Collections:Asplenaceae, Dryopteridaceae, Geraniceae, Lamiaceae, Trichomanes, Welwitschia, medicinal, Ethnobotanical & culinary plants, plants associated with the Garden's own history, Cretan & Atlantic Island endemics.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: N
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Y
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: N
    Reintroduction Programme: N

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: N
    Plant Breeding: N
    Conservation - Biology: N
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: N
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: N
    Floristics: N
    Horticulture: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: N
    Molecular Genetics: N
    Pollination Biology: N
    Restoration Ecology: N
    Seed/Spore Biology: N
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Y
    Sustainability: Y
    Pharmacology: Y
    Agriculture: N
    Land Restoration: N
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y