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Garden visit - Chelsea Physic Garden

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Snorky85, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. Snorky85

    Snorky85 Total Gardener

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    Mum and I took the train into London on Friday and went to Chelsea Physic Garden. Well over the last couple of years I’ve visited many different gardens around the world including Tokyo, San Francisco etc etc. I’ve got to say, this was the most beautiful and most interesting garden I have visited.

    It was crammed with information and different plants but also felt like a beautiful open haven in busy London. It’s a walled garden divided into various “physic” themes.

    There was a free tour put on by volunteers and ours lasted an hour-it was so interesting. We spent from 11am til 4:30pm there!

    Just wanted to recommend it to folk on here-if they get chance to visit London (Sloane Square) it is certainly worth the £10 entry fee (its a charity that doesn't receive any govt funding).
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      This looks wonderful! About the only way I could survive a day in London now!!
       
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        Same here Sian, it was heaven. My pictures don't do it justice. I love the beds of systematic order...and the medicinal garden...and the fernery...and the glasshouses. Beautiful.
         
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          I went last year and I agree @Snorky it is an interesting and informative garden. I liked the poisonous plant section with so many plants used for medicinal purposes. I also went on a guided tour and our guide was so knowledgeable about the history of the garden. I didn't know until then that Sloane Square was called after the founder of the garden.
          It is a real oasis of calm in a built up area of London and a good place to visit after the hustle and bustle of the Chelsea Flower Show.

          Another lovely garden is 22 Fenchurch Street roof garden - well worth a visit if you're in London. We went in June this year shortly after it was completed. The garden is still in it's infancy but impressive all the same. There's a walkway all the way round with panoramic views of London amid a relaxing garden. Walking at street level who'd have thought?​

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            @alana oh I saw that on tv but didnt catch whereabouts in london it was-thanks for the info. I’ll have another trip in for the day and go and check it out :)
             
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            Glad you enjoyed it, Snorky! Did you see the big old olive tree, meant to be the largest in Britain?

            Another garden excursion I really enjoyed in London recently was visiting Kew Gardens for the Chihuly glass installations, which are on until the end of October: Chihuly: Reflections on nature | Kew.

            You could spend the whole day there anytime of course, looking round all the gardens and also the various historic buildings, including Kew Palace and the Pagoda - which looks especially jolly now that all the roof-dragons have been restored, Behind the dragons | Kew

            But I do really recommend going while this exhibition is still on - the glass and the plants work so well together. Everyone I know who's been has loved it!
             
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              Thanks for the pictures @Snorky85 , I keep meaning to try and work in a visit but so far haven't managed. They have a very interesting and beautiful instagram account that is well worth a follow if you're on there though!
               
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                Thanks @Snorky85 It looks slightly different to when I last went there - in 1956 :old: :heehee:
                 
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