Belfast Botanic Gardens
Global Medicinal Garden - in 2021
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The Global Medicine Garden is a joint project between the Botanic Gardens Management (Belfast City Council) and the Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens. In 2019, Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens were given the go-ahead by our Garden Focus Group for the creation of a Global Medicine Garden in an enclosed site next to the newly restored Tropical Ravine. A pioneering project, this initiative is the first of its kind in the Gardens. The site chosen is an enclosed area at the South-West end of the Tropical Ravine. It had been cleared as a materials store during the building work and had a temporary planting of heathers.

Our enterprise references the collection of medicinal herbs that was a feature of the Victorian Botanic Gardens and described by the then Curator Daniel Ferguson and marked on the plan in his guide to the Gardens of 1851.

The Global Medicine Garden will provide a focal point for tours of the Gardens together with generating materials for workshop sessions for school parties and groups, as well as bringing in a fresh range of plant species, much of it donated by members and friends.

Our volunteer gardening team have enjoyed sociable and productive days as the hard physical work on site has proceeded over two years' late autumn and winter.

So far, around 80 species (some 200 plants), all with herbal associations, from around the globe have been planted and are being accessioned. Throughout the project we have benefitted from co-operation and support from council and gardening staff.

view of the medicinal garden from Ulster Museum
A view of the garden at the start of planting from the roof of the Ulster Museum.

As soon as the Covid restrictions allowed we were back to the garden.

More plants for the garden continue to be sourced and propagated off site.
Updates, information on herbs, plant lists and more will follow.