Help restore our
historic glasshouses
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Saving horticultural history

Our glasshouses are a rare example of craftmanship, a unique part of London’s Victorian heritage. The Burmese teak structures contribute to the special atmosphere of the Garden, quite literally bringing our collection to life.

Over the years the wood has rotted, the glass has cracked, and the metal has rusted. This means these beautiful buildings, built to be admired as well as to protect the plants within them, are struggling to survive. They need your help. An inspection in March 2020 revealed extensive damage to all the glasshouses in the north-west corner of the Garden, including the Tropical Corridor and the three connecting glasshouses, as well as the standalone glasshouse and a glazed Pit House.  The Cool Fernery is also in need of repair.

With your generosity we can sympathetically restore them to their former glory.

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Every donation of £100 and above will be matched by the JCBT up to a total of £500,000. Ends 31 March 2021

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Creating buildings for the future

Once the best of Victorian technology and horticultural innovation, the glasshouses need your help to be fit for the future. We are fundraising to conserve them, keeping as much of the original fabric as possible. Your support will help us sustainably replace the rotten timber, especially in the humid Tropical Corridor.

You can also help us replace the poorly fitting glass, added after the original was blown out in WWII, with modern glazing in the old ‘beaver-tail’ style, costing £100 per panel. Similarly, donations will see the existing Victorian manual venting be complemented with energy-saving improvements to increase our sustainability.

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350 YEARS

1673

Apothecaries lease site from Charles Cheyne

1681

First stove house built at Chelsea

1722

Sloane grants Covenant to the Society of Apothecaries

1732

Original building, Orangery & glasshouses established

1752

Philip Miller publishes Gardener’s Dictionary

1899

(to 1983) The City Parochial Foundation take responsibility for the Garden

1836

John Lindley is appointed as Praefectus Horti (1836–53), later Secretary to the Royal Horticultural Society

1902

Foster & Pearson glasshouses completed

1941

Glasshouses receive direct hit in WWII Blitz

2002

Cool Fernery repaired

2018

NLHF supports Glasshouses Restoration project

1st October

2020

Hothouse Challenge begins

31st March

2021

Hothouse Challenge ends

2023

Chelsea Physic Garden celebrates 350 years anniversary

Help us raise the roof! – be part of the Hothouse Challenge

All donations welcome until 31 March 2021, those of £100 and above will be matched by The John Browne Charitable Trust up to a total of £500,000

If you would like to donate by cheque please make payable to The Chelsea Physic Garden Company and send it to Fundraising, Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS. Alternatively, if you would like to make a bank transfer please get in touch with us directly.