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In the Herb Garden this week

In the Herb Garden this week no.6  Dyers’ Chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) A new addition to the Herb Garden last year was the Dyers’ Garden and many visitors are interested to see examples of the plants which would have been used in the 18th century for dyeing fabrics. During that time, dye houses grew from craft…


In the Herb Garden this week

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)  There are many ancient superstitions regarding this herb. Its name Hypericum is derived from the Greek which meant ‘against an apparition’, a reference to the belief that the herb was obnoxious to evil spirits and would cause them to fly away. Its later title, St John’s Wort, refers to the…


In the Herb Garden this week – Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Beautiful but deadly, this familiar flower has the power to cure and kill.   The Foxglove was employed by old herbalists for conditions as bizarre as treating ‘those who have fallen from high places…’ (Gerard). It was not until the 18th century that its properties were investigated as a cure for Dropsy (water retention) although…


In the herb garden this week – 12 June 2020

Rosa Mundi – R. gallica var. officinalis ‘Versicolor’ This is a striking old rose in the Gallica group and its flowers create quite a talking point in the Herb Garden in June. They are very distinctive, pale pink and striped with a darker pink, semi-double with an open cupped shape and yellow at the centre.   Legend has…