Medicinal Herb Garden

Students installed this European ethnobotanical garden on the campus Organic Farm with a four-square design that mimics a Persian-inspired garden layout common during the Renaissance. A traditional yew hedge encloses the paths and parterres (geometric planting beds). The herbs are labeled according to the humoral system which was central to medieval and Renaissance healing practices in Europe.

How to get to the garden:

If you’re walking, follow sings to Organic Farm/path to Sustainable Agriculture Lab from the Library Loop, or you can drive to the Organic Farm and walk to the medicinal herb garden. Here are Google Maps Directions, if you’d like them.

Teaching Resources:

  • The Native Plant Salvage Project
  • Arber, Agnes. 1986. Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution, A Chapter in the History of Botany. Cambridge University Press.
  • Green, James. 2000. The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual. The Crossing Press.
  • Jardine, N., J. A. Secord and E. C. Spary. 1996. Cultures of Natural History. Cambridge University Press.
  • Landsberg, Sylvia.  1995.  The Medieval Garden.  British Museum Press.
  • Thames and Hudson. McLean, Teresa.  1980.  Medieval English Gardens.  The Viking Press.  New York.
  • Prest, John.  1981.  The Garden of Eden: The Botanic Garden and the Re-creation of Paradise.  Yale University Press.  New Haven and London.