Nature’s Pharmacy – the Physic Garden

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Have you ever thought about how people treated everyday health problems before modern medicine? They turned to nature: plants were used for everything from acne to liver disorders.


A ‘physic garden’ was a natural pharmacy – a garden full of medicinal herbs to cure a range of illnesses and complaints. One has been created in Westgate Gardens, with the help of students from Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls. It is divided into a number of raised beds, with mosaics to show the different parts of the body the plants in them were used for.


Follow the links below to find out more:


Guide to the plants


Audio file of the text on the ‘A Pungent Prescription’ panel

Canterbury City Council HLF