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Feeling more like a secret captivated garden of youth dreams than a London park, the Chelsea Physic Garden is, we ‘d argue, not only the city’s best concealed – but an unmissable place this Spring season.Half concealed between ancient stone walls, and tucked best together with the River Thames, the Garden is London’s earliest botanical garden, initially developed in 1673. Their living collection of around 4,000 various edible, useful, historic and medicinal plants is among the largest variety across the country, which was exactly the original function of the garden; thrillingly

, the creators first established the Chelsea Physic Garden with the objective of looking into plants and teaching their apprentices to recognize different plants. LEARNT MORE: I went to the Peckham bar selling ‘London’s most affordable pint’however it still cost me ₤ 3.20 The Pond Rockery, the oldest of its

kind in Europe. Credit: Wikicommons Today, due to the introduction of gorgeous Edwardian

glasshouses and the walls’security against extreme weather condition, the garden boasts a distinct micro-climate, which permits us Londoners to see plants not normally able to survive in the British weather condition. This includes the world’s most northern outdoors grapefruit tree, the world’s greatest fruiting olive tree, and a fascinating variety of other plants not typically able to endure north of the Mediterranean, from pomegranates to eucalyptus. Pick up your rocks: it’s not just all glasshouses.

Likewise included is the Pond Rockery, the earliest rock garden in Europe. Doesn’t sound especially fascinating? Like everything in the garden, it is built in the outright pursuit of appeal-it is Grade II * listed -and splendidly 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="">

The Chelsea Physic Garden was established in 1673. Credit: Wikicommons

And this Spring, the Chelsea Physic Garden is simply as vivid in colour and spirit as ever, quickly recovering from the previous Winter. With a “relaxing atmosphere“, as one TripAdvisor perfectly put it, a sprinkling of wooden benches – and even a pretty little cafe – the garden seems like the bohemian, and somewhat more eccentric more youthful sibling of the more popular Kew Gardens.

Don’t lose out on a directed trip – the personnel are all green-fingered plant enthusiasts themselves, and there is always an interesting story on hand.

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The Garden is popular with kids, too. How could it not be? Despite being thrust right in the middle of London, it is an amazing sensation of stepping both back into time. And despite the large range variety of flowers and plants from all across the world, there is something rather definitely 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.

Gain access to the Garden by Sloane Square London Underground Station, which is just a brief walk away. Otherwise, take the 170 bus from Victoria National Rail Station. Tickets are ₤ 12 for grownups, and ₤ 8.50 for kids and students. Under 5s go complimentary.

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