Chelsea Physic Garden appoints new Curator

Dec 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured London Article

The Chelsea Physic Garden, one of Londons treasures, has announced that Christopher Bailes Dip.Hort. [Kew]FI Hort. has been appointed the post of Curator, following in the footsteps of Rosie Atkins. This secret garden has been in existence in one form or another for over 400 years since the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries  decided to cultivate plants to further medicine.  It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum.

Previously the Curator of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Rosemoor Chris Bailes brings uniquely extensive botanical and horticultural experience and knowledge to the role. He has travelled widely to study plants and gardens, and lectures regularly in the UK and internationally. He has written extensively on a wide range of horticultural subjects: his latest book, Hollies for Gardeners, was published in 2006. He is a recognised authority on orchids and their cultivation, and has written several books on them; he also edited The Orchid Review, and is a member of the Orchid Committee of the RHS.


Chris is due to take up the position at CPG in the spring of 2011.


The Garden is open to the public from 1 April to 31 October 2011, Tuesdays to Fridays noon-5pm and Sundays & Bank Holidays noon-6pm (£8/£5 conc), and to Members all year round. Membership costs £30 single/£45 joint.

Next public open days: Snowdrop Days, weekends of 5, 6 and 12, 13 February 2011

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