This four-day course will explore the history of medicinal plants and botanical gardens from a European context, from the 1st Century AD to the present.

It will focus on eight key medicinal plants (White Willow, Pot Marigold, St. John’s Wort, Common Thyme, Hawthorn, Stinging Nettle, Lavender and Echinacea) to tell the stories of their uses, histories and identification, and highlight the importance and relevance of modern botanical gardens via:

  • Walks and tours around the Garden
  • A plant identification workshop
  • The chance to see some of the same plants in ancient Herbals, books and herbarium specimens in our collection
  • Practical sessions to prepare them into usable natural remedies

Some quotes from the previous courses:

"Friendly, entertaining, concise and inclusive"

"The practical sessions in the garden were very useful - no substitute for seeing plants in real life"

"Thoroughly enjoyed- opened many new avenues of interest"

The ticket price includes all materials, refreshments and lunch each day.

Days 1 & 2 will focus on the history and identification of the eight key plants (with Garden tours) and Days 3 & 4 will be practical herbalism.

If you’re interested in how and why herbs have been used past and present, this is a course for you.

No previous knowledge needed, just enthusiasm for the subject.

Looking at some of our library books
and Herbals

Please note that days 1 and 2 of this course will be held in our Gallery which is upstairs with no lift. Apologies if this causes any inconvenience.


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Medicinal Plant Summer School - 22/06/2020

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