Garden of Medicinal Plants

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After many months of planning and designing, the new Garden of Medicinal Plants opened on 1 April this year. This 3/4 acre garden displays an extended collection of medicinal plants, the use of which dates back thousands of years.

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A number of the Garden’s rooms are dedicated to an ethnobotanical display showing plants from every region of the world and their key medicinal uses.

Two further rooms showcase the Garden’s collection of historic British medicinal plants along with plants recommended by the Greek Medic Dioscorides and plants historically sold in Europe in ‘officinal’ shops (early pharmacies). On the east side of the Garden, numerous rooms display plants used across the globe in modern pharmaceuticals, not to mention further sections dedicated to modern herbal remedies and future medicine plants.

Catharanthus roseus

Catharanthus roseus. Native to Madagascar this relative of the garden plant Vinca major, is not only beautiful but useful, too. Extracts from it are used in the treatment of childhood leukaemia.

 

 

‘Designing a garden that displays a unique medicinal plant collection, while retaining the essence of the Physic Garden as well as improving the visitor experience, has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling projects of my career to-date’  Nick Bailey, Head Gardener

 

Vicia faba, located in the neurology bed. This plant aids in controlling the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Vicia faba, located in the neurology bed. This plant aids in controlling the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

 

 

 

‘It’s exciting to see the new Garden of Medicinal Plants taking shape as the new home for the Physic Garden’s most important plant collection. Growing medicinal plants was the purpose for which the Garden was first created by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673, and this iconic collection is now being brought right up to date in a new garden designed for the 21st century’  Christopher Bailes, Curator

 Garden of Medicinal Plants Photo Gallery