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In the Herb Garden This Week – Soapwort

In the Herb Garden this week no. 12 (15.8.20)   Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)   This vigorous perennial plant threatens to take over the Apothecary’s Garden at times but the pretty pink flowers are welcome in late summer and have just appeared in the garden this week. Soapwort has been used as a medicine for liver…


In the Herb Garden this week – Tobacco

Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)   Tobacco was administered by medical practitioners in the 18th century to treat everything from colds to cholera but surprisingly it was tobacco smoke which they liked to use, as well as more conventional forms of the medicine.   In 1774, two London doctors, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan, formed a society…


Exclusive Access as Erasmus Darwin House reopens to visitors

Have you ever wondered what it would  be like to have a museum all to yourself?  Erasmus Darwin House is now giving you the opportunity to find out. The museum will be reopening from 31 July, initially Thursday – Sunday on a pre booked ticket basis.  As an independant, self funded museum which has been…