Feeling more like a secret enchanted garden of youth dreams than a London park, the Chelsea Physic Garden is, we ‘d argue, not only the city’s finest kept secret – however an unmissable area this Spring season.Half hidden in between ancient stone walls, and tucked ideal alongside the River Thames, the Garden is London’s oldest botanical garden, initially established in 1673. Their living collection of around 4,000 various edible, helpful, medicinal and historical plants is among the largest variety throughout the nation, which was precisely the original purpose of the garden; thrillingly
, the founders first established the Chelsea Physic Garden with the intention of researching plants and teaching their apprentices to recognize different plants. READ MORE: I went to the Peckham pub offering ‘London’s cheapest pint’but it still cost me ₤ 3.20 The Pond Rockery, the oldest of its
glasshouses and the walls’security against extreme weather condition, the garden boasts a special micro-climate, which allows us Londoners to see plants not normally able to endure in the British weather. This consists of the world’s most northern outdoors grapefruit tree, the world’s most significant fruiting olive tree, and an interesting assortment of other plants not normally able to make it through north of the Mediterranean, from pomegranates to eucalyptus. But get your rocks: it’s not just all glasshouses.
Included is the Pond Rockery, the earliest rock garden in Europe. Does not sound especially interesting? Like everything in the garden, it is constructed in the outright pursuit of beauty-it is Grade II * listed -and incredibly bursting with life, supporting a spectrum of plants, from Mediterranean to Alpine.< figure class =" in-article-image"data-mod= "image"data-orientation="landscape" data-tmdatatrack ="inline-widget"itemprop=" image"itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/ImageObject">
And this Spring, the Chelsea Physic Garden is just as vibrant in colour and spirit as ever, hastily recovering from the previous Winter. With a “serene atmosphere“, as one TripAdvisor completely put it, a sprinkling of wooden benches – and even a quite little coffee shop – the garden seems like the bohemian, and a little more eccentric younger sister of the more well-known Kew Gardens.
Do not miss out on a guided tour – the staff are all green-fingered plant lovers themselves, and there is always an interesting story on hand.
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The Garden is popular with children, too. How could it not be? In spite of being thrust right in the middle of London, it is an amazing sensation of stepping both back into time. And in spite of the wide variety range of flowers and plants from all throughout the world, there is something rather distinctly English about the Chelsea Physic Garden, the timelessness of the land feeling like the lovechild of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Secret Garden and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Access the Garden by Sloane Square London Underground Station, which is only a brief leave. Otherwise, take the 170 bus from Victoria National Rail Station. Tickets are ₤ 12 for grownups, and ₤ 8.50 for trainees and children. Under fives go totally free.
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