Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you probably noticed that there was a Royal Wedding on Saturday. Yes, Meghan walked down the aisle in Givenchy and married her prince. How romantic.
I was in a 3-hour Italian class at that exact moment, but the teacher turned on the TV for 10 minutes during the break. We watched the ceremony (briefly), while learning how to say aisle, bouquet and pageboy in Italian (la navata, un mazzolino, i paggetti/le damigelle).
While I was at Belgrave Square (home of the Italian Cultural Institute), 1.5 miles away near the Embankment, hundreds had flocked to the gardens of the Chelsea Physic Garden, to watch the wedding of the year while quaffing champagne and munching on strawberries and cream.
I was drawn there too (post-class of course), because as part of the wedding celebrations the Chelsea Physic Garden were offering free entry, for “one day only”. For me, that’s a chance not to be missed. As a student, this year I am trying only to spend money when I can justify it, usually on language lessons at the moment (my next set of exams take place in less than three weeks).
The weather was beautiful in London on Saturday. Despite the crowds on the main lawn outside the cafe, I still found tranquil moments in the garden, moments of complete peace. The garden is also wonderfully educational. A perfect place for a horticulture student taking their first few steps on their formal academic journey.
Enjoy the pictures below, of a garden that has always evolved since it was founded in 1673.
The Garden’s warm microclimate means that many tender plants can flourish including a number of rare and endangered species. It has the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain and the world’s most northerly outdoor grapefruit tree. From pomegranates to ginkgoes, mulberries to eucalyptus, there are more than 100 different types of tree in the Garden, many of which are rare in Britain.
The glasshouses hold a collection of tropical and sub-tropical species, complemented by a Victorian Cool Fernery.
The Physic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in London and was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for the purpose of training apprentices in identifying plants. It subsequently became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world.
When visited: May 2018