Medicine Gardens

Simply put, medicine gardens are places where plants known to support and improve human health are grown. They have existed across all cultures and ages. Some indigenous medicine gardens are indistinguishable from food gardens, which may, to the untrained eye, also appear indistinguishable from the natural landscape. Other historical medicine gardens were set apart and celebrated, such as in the Egyptian palace and the European monastery courtyard gardens. Today, increasing numbers of botanical and public gardens, universities, medical and health centers, community gardens and home gardens host a medicine garden. What these gardens may have in common, in addition to many of the same plants, is a gardener and/or herbalist trained in the care and safe use of medicinal plants.

Following Anne’s completion of a 3-year program in Traditional Herbal Medicine, Design by Plants is now delighted to offer a medicinal garden service. We will design a custom medicine garden with the plants that can support you and your family and provide guidelines for the plant’s care and use. Just let us know you are interested!

Medicinal plants used traditionally for thousands of years are likely already gracing your garden, your neighbor’s garden, or the local library garden. Heralds of our North Atlantic Spring: ¬†Forsythia, Magnolia, and Peony, are just a few of the long-standing medicinal plants used commonly in Chinese Medicine. The ubiquitous Dandelion, Plantain, Clover, Smartweed, Mugwort, and Purslane, and even Violet that jump into garden beds, are also medicinal plants whose praise is sung through many herbal books, both ancient and contemporary.