Chelsea Physic Garden: London’s hidden secret
LONDON - Gone are the days when Celtic warriors painted their faces blue for battle with a mixture of crushed woad leaves soaked in urine. Gone too are the days when French courtesans used toxic belladonna to make their eyes sparkle and witches rubbed an ointment of reptile blood and mandrake on their bodies to enable them to fly. Yet in London’s Chelsea Physic Garden woad, belladonna, and mandrake flourish.
(ANNE GORDON FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)