If you walk or drive along the Chelsea Embankment, in-between the rows of apartment buildings that face onto the embankment you will see a low brick wall with a slightly ornate entrance gate, with what appears to be gardens behind.
This is the Chelsea Physic Garden.
The Chelsea Physic Garden was established in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. It has continued to occupy the same location adjacent to the River Thames, whilst the rest of Chelsea has been developed around the gardens.
The Apothecaries needed an area where medicinal herbs could be grown and apprentices to the Society could be trained in their use. The location chosen in Chelsea was ideal. It was south-facing, fertile and directly adjacent to the river (the Chelsea Embankment had not yet been built) as the river provided easy and safe access to central London rather than cross the dangerous fields and marshes that extended east at this time.
If you did not know that Lungwort is for diseases of the lungs and for coughs, weezings and the shortness of breath, which it cures both in man and in beast, or that Golden Rod cures conditions of jaundice and provokes urine in abundance, then this is the place to learn.
For the first time, along with our new range of of herbs, we are now stocking a range of medicinal herbs. Grow your own medicinal garden with feverfew & borage, chamomile & hyssop and many more.
Grow your Way to a Healthy Day with Bumbles Plant Centre!