Posted in Somewhere to Visit, tagged Chelsea, England, chelsea physic gardens, botanic gardens, chelsea manor, pharmaceutical, botany, society of apothecaries, 1673, london, physic, medicine, compounds, river thames, microclimate, foxglove, abnormal heart rhythms, heart beat, physic garden, medicinal garden, medicinal plants, London Garden, London Landscapes, cardiac glycoside, apothecary garden, cheslea gardens on September 13, 2011 |
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Chelsea Physic Garden
If you ever have the chance to go to London, be sure to check out Chelsea Physic Garden. This is a garden full of wonderful surprises for those who love unusual plants and for those who don’t love gardens, it is the perfect starter size to get your feet wet. This little green haven happens to be England’s second oldest botanic garden. Nestled in the heart of the bustling city of London, it was founded by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673 to encourage the use of plants in medicine (then known as “physic”).
Planting Beds With A Wide Collection Of Plants
Situated close to the River Thames
, the micro-climate in the garden allows non-native plant species a chance at surviving British winters. The ease of access to the river reflects the needs of water transportion which was crucial at the time of the garden’s inception.
A Planting Bed in the Pharmaceutical Garden
The garden is broken up into sections with plants of medicinal use as the primary focus. Collections vary from detailing specific plants used in various regions of the world to displaying plants that produce enough therapeutic, valued compounds to be developed into drugs for human consumption and use. For example, did you know a species of foxglove contains a cardiac glycoside directly in its leaves that is used to control and prevent abnormal heart rhythms and strengthen the heart beat? Fascinating!
The Gardens with Chelsea Manor in the background
This little urban treasure is only about 4 precious acres but it can occupy several hours of your time so budget accordingly! Visit the Chelsea Physic Garden’s website at http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
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Posted in Somewhere to Visit, tagged 1700 garden, castle, County Wicklow, England, english border, fire, garden border, garden of 1800's, Ireland, Italian gardens, Japanese gardens, manor house, path, Powerscourt garden, Powerscourt House and Garden, powerscourt mansion, restoration, Rose garden, trees, Wicklow Mountains on August 29, 2011 |
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Powerscourt House and Gardens is located in the scenic Wicklow Mountains of County Wicklow, Ireland. It is one of the most well-maintained country estates in Ireland. A castle was built there by 1300 and was inhabited by several historically significant Irish families. In the 1600′s, the castle was transformed into the manor house that we see today. Unfortunately in the 1970′s, a fire gutted the entire house except for the exterior stonework. A restoration project began in 1996 to repair the house. Currently there is a new roof and the main rooms of the downstairs have been restored for use as shops, a cafe and historical display.
The gardens of Powerscourt have been worked upon in two main phases. The first, in the mid 1700′s, involved the gardens of the main lawn and a wooded trail around the perimeter. In the mid 1800′s work commenced again with a re-drawing of the designs to include Italian and Japanese-themed gardens. It takes about an hour to meander the exterior pathway through 200 year old tree groves, explore the circles of the Japanese gardens, climb the decorative castle tower overlooking the property, and stop to smell the roses.
In typical estate gardening, the more formal gardens are closer to the house while the more wild, free flowing gardens create the outer border. The Irish environmental conditions, similar to England with lots of rain and minimal temperature extremes, are extremely conducive to creating amazing gardens.
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