Chelsea Physic Garden
Roger Dean, London photographer and partner of Penny, an old friend of my sister’s, compiled a list of places we should see while in London in September 2010. Chelsea Physic Garden was on the list, and Roger and Penny took us there for lavish cakes, tea, and a wander around.
This garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1678 for training apprentices in the medicinal qualities of plants. Such gardens were the precursors of systematic botanical gardens.
Roger is the creator of the Esoteric London blog. Each day he presents one of his photographs of London, paired with a piece of historical text. This is delightful, quirky stuff that expresses his deep connection with the richness of the city. I start each day with a quick look. The picture and the words don’t have to match exactly—rather, the two play a kind of counterpoint. I was prompted to look back at my photos and to write this piece about Roger’s blog by his entry for today—a photo of lichen at the physic garden. Did he take that picture the day we were there together? I photographed exactly the same subject that day.