St Werburghs Medicine Garden

A design for a community herb garden in Bristol

The brief of this design was to create a medicine garden based on a donated allotment plot that could be used as a community garden with multiple functions. The main desires were for teaching space, so that community herbalists from the Rhizome Community Herbal Clinic could have somewhere for the participants in their herbal courses to see plants through their cycles, improve their plant identification and have practical experience harvest medicines.

The allotment was also visioned as a growing space, here plants could be grown for demonstration so that people can become familiar with them, as well as have some plant material available for medicine making collectively. Finally, the allotment was also planned as a social space for community events and participation.

I become involved at the invitation of Becs Griffiths, a friend from the Rhizome Clinic and co-organiser of the Radical Herbalism Gathering. Some other people involved had horticultural experience but not in growing medicinal plants, therefore I was enrolled to assist in designing a realistic planting plan that the community group forming could then implement. The garden is still in use and volunteers also grow medicine for the Herbalists without Borders Bristol project.

You can download the design here or view below: St Werburghs Medicine Garden Design