Belfast Botanic Gardens
Plants of the medicinal garden
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The Global Medicinal Garden has a core community of species, just under 150 species in total at the time of writing. Additional plants will vary from year to year and season to season. The garden is divided into geographical zones which are shown on the plan below. We illustrate here some iconic medicinal plants from each zone, and the catalogue will become more comprehensive over time. The notes are a brief overview of the herbs and their medicinal uses, not in any way intended as a manual for self treatment. Caution is urged in the use of medicinals, advice from a professional should be sought. Multiple sources have been used in compiling this catalogue, ranging from notes from a course for professionals, lectures, visits and practical classes at the wonderful Chelsea Physic Garden, with additional books and field guides plus online data from a selection of reliable websites (see below), which may be of use to those interested in further reading.

Chiej, Roberto The Macdonald Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, Macdonald
Summer, Judith The Natural History of Medicinal Plants, Timber Press 2000
Foster, Steven and Duke, James A.,1990, A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants, Eastern and Central North America, Peterson Field Guides
Good sources for accessing further information online are: Plants for a Future, https://pfaf.org : temperate.theferns.info


view of the medicinal garden from Ulster Museum
Plan of the Global Medicinal Garden

skip forward to individual areas - Great Britain, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Asia, New Zealand


Ireland
- where we can manage, herbs of native origin have been planted


Great Britain


Europe


North America


South America


Africa
Australia


Asia


New Zealand


Updates, information on herbs, plant lists and more will follow as the project continues to develop.