London's oldest botanic garden is a beautiful oasis of living history in the heart of the capital, home to a unique collection of medicinal and rare plants.
Chelsea Physic Garden
Used as a place to teach people about plants and the environment for more than 300 years, today it exists as a self-supporting charity with two main goals: to help children understand more about the environment, and to conserve a 'living history' of medicinal herbs and plant introductions.
This four acre walled garden is a haven for rare and tender plants, and also has several glasshouses, the largest fruiting olive tree outside in Britain, and the oldest rock garden in Europe made from rubble from the Tower of London. Particularly popular is the Fortune Tank Pond installed more than a hundred years ago by the famous collector of Chinese plants, Robert Fortune.