Medicinal Garden

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Located in the northeast corner of the Herb Garden, the Medicinal Garden is home to approximately 75 plants that have a significant history of medicinal use. While WRHS does not promote the current use of herbs for medicinal purposes, the members are interested in both the history and horticulture of these plants. These very interesting medicinal herbs have been used by every generation, every culture, and on every continent.

The majority of the plants that make up this garden are either biennials or perennials. They come in all sizes: ground covers (Chamomile and Thyme) to very tall specimens (Angelica and Elecampane). Several of the hardscape features within the Medicinal Garden include 14 circular stepping stones which provide entrance into each of the two divisions of this garden and 2 large millstones in the sidewalk space. There is a sundial on the north side dated 1795 that keeps accurate time. The stone watering trough located between the Medicinal and Culinary Gardens completes the transition from one garden to another. The Medicinal Garden is an important section not to be missed in the WRHS Herb Garden.

Several of the herbs located here are native plants (Blue cohosh, Solomon’s seal). Many of these medicinal herbs are desirable in the home garden because of their color (Purple cone flower, Monarda), size (Flax), fragrance (Valerian) and ease of care (Pulmonaria, Baptisia). The best time of year to view the Medicinal Garden is in mid-summer, however there is usually something of interest going on weekly (herbs blooming, praying mantis nest discovery, seed pod identification, Serviceberry tree fruit tasting, and harvesting for the fall Herb Fair).

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Photos by Kate Williams