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Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden 66 Royal Hospital Road Chelsea SW3 4HS
This botanic garden was established as the Apothecaries’ Garden in 1673 to investigate the medicinal role of plants. (The word ‘Physic’ here refers to the science of healing.)

It played a major role in the development of the sciences of botany and horticulture, and is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain, after the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which was founded in 1621.

Its rock garden is the oldest English garden devoted to alpine plants. The largest fruiting olive tree in Britain is there, protected by the garden’s heat-trapping high brick walls, along with what is doubtless the world’s northernmost grapefruit growing outdoors. Jealously guarded during the tenure of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, in 1983 the Garden became a registered charity and was opened to the general public for the first time. The garden is a member of the London Museums of Health & Medicine.

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