The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Medicines in May – National Botanic Garden of Wales

Plants with a medicinal use will be the focus of Medicines in May, a weekend event at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Friday 18th-Sunday 20th of May.

A new Apothecary’s Garden will open that weekend, packed full of medicinal plants that have been used to treat all the systems of our body, from the digestive and glandular to the respiratory and reproductive systems. Visitors curious to know what their pharmaceutical and herbal medicines contain will be able to see living examples of over 100 different medicinal plants species. They’ll also get to see what plants the 13th century Physicians of Myddfai used.

The Garden’s Head of Interpretation, Bruce Langridge says “There’s been a real anticipation of the re-opening of our Apothecary’s Garden. There’s clearly a lot of public interest in the use of medicinal plants – just think how many people buy Echinacea, St. John’s wort and evening primrose to treat health issues. There’s also Bach remedies, homeopathy and visits to herbalists. It may also surprise people that around 50% of medicines produced by the pharmaceutical industry are either directly derived from or inspired by natural substances. Medicines in May is designed to help people to further understand the role and uses of medicinal plants.’

There will also be a series of walks, talks, displays and family fun to further explore this fascinating subj