Plants with a medicinal use will be the focus of Medicines in May, a weekend event at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Friday 18th-Sunday 20th of May.
A new Apothecary’s Garden will open that weekend, packed full of medicinal plants that have been used to treat all the systems of our body, from the digestive and glandular to the respiratory and reproductive systems. Visitors curious to know what their pharmaceutical and herbal medicines contain will be able to see living examples of over 100 different medicinal plants species. They’ll also get to see what plants the 13th century Physicians of Myddfai used.
The Garden’s Head of Interpretation, Bruce Langridge says “There’s been a real anticipation of the re-opening of our Apothecary’s Garden. There’s clearly a lot of public interest in the use of medicinal plants – just think how many people buy Echinacea, St. John’s wort and evening primrose to treat health issues. There’s also Bach remedies, homeopathy and visits to herbalists.
It may also surprise people that around 50% of medicines produced by the pharmaceutical industry are either directly derived from or inspired by natural substances. Medicines in May is designed to help people to further understand the role and uses of medicinal plants.’
There will also be a series of walks, talks, displays and family fun to further explore this fascinating subject.
Andy Cook of Rhoshill Herbs will be talking about growing medicinal herbs, herbalist Stuart Fitzsimmons of Plantasmagorical will be talking about his research in to the role mushrooms can play in treating cancer, while Lucie Scott of Liliwen Herbs will be talking about growing herbs for wellbeing, and talking to visitors about the medicinal use of herbal teas. The National Museum of Wales will be displaying and talking about the botanical treasures of their collections, while Bob Edwards will be talking about the life of an Edwardian apothecary. Children will also get the chance to grow their own herbs by taking part in our fab family activities.
The event kicks-off with the official re-opening of the Apothecary’s Garden on Friday, May 18th at 12.30pm, followed by a guided walk by the Apothecary’s Garden’s designer, Fay Hall, and Bruce Langridge.
Here’s a full programme of events:
Friday May 18th
11am-3pm – Herbal tea demonstration with Liliwen Herbs in the Apothecary’s Hall
12.30pm – Official re-opening of the Apothecary’s Garden, followed by a guided walk by the garden’s designer, Fay Hall, and Bruce Langridge
2pm – Talk in Theatr Botanica: ‘Growing Herbs’ with Andy Cook of Rhoshill Herbs
Saturday May 19th
12.30pm – Talk in Theatr Botanica: ‘Growing Herbs for Wellbeing’ with Lucie Scott of Liliwen Herbs
11am-3pm – Family activities with Katie Barrett, Meet the Apothecary with Bob Edwards and Medicinal Plant Prints with the National Museum of Wales – Apothecary’s Hall
This event is part of the National Botanic Garden of Wales’ Growing the Future project. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.