Christ with All Saints’ Church Garden is now open during daylight hours for people to relax in and enjoy, for the second summer on the run. Members of the church and wider community have worked tirelessly over the winter, clearing ground and preparing the soil which has now been planted with a huge variety of summer flowering plants which will provide an amazing display. The vegetable garden is also fully planted and a new feature this year is the medieval ‘Physicke Garden’ with various herbs and plants. The garden already looks amazing and will be stunning as it grows throughout the summer. We have also provided a bench for the first time in many years to enable people to enjoy the area.
THE PHYSICKE GARDEN
A ‘physicke garden’ is a type of herb garden which was popular in early times. Before the advent of modern medicine, people relied on herbs and plants for treatment of all sorts of medical conditions and physicke gardens became a common feature of churchyards. People would come to the physicke garden and treat their ailments with medicinal plants. They could also pray for deliverance, and the Book of Common Prayer (the authorized service book of the Church of England) contains prayers used at such times.
We have here re-created a typical physicke garden of a small parish church to show what it would have looked like. Below is a plan of the garden with a list of plants and what people believed they could treat.
MANY OF THESE PLANTS ARE POISONOUS. DO NOT EAT!
|1. DIGESTIONValerian – sedative
Ramsons – reduce cholesterol
Chervil – aid to digestion
Aniseed – colic
Basil – cholesterol
Thyme - diarrhoea
Coriander – cholesterol
Liquorice – intestinal infection
|2. HEARTRosemary – improves mood / rheumatoid arthritis
Motherwort – heart disease
Foxglove – heart disease
Poppy – relaxant
Flax – rheumatoid arthritis
Borage – improves mood
|3. SKINComfrey (knitbone) – sprains, bruises and cuts
Chamomile – skin cancer / anti-inflamatory
Skullcap – bruising
Arnica (Wolfsbane) – bruising
Echinacea (Coneflower) – immune system / arthritis
Sweet Violet – bruising
Parsley – bladder / kidneystone
|4. MALE / FEMALESorrel – diuretic
Evening Primrose – PMS
Elecampane – breast diseases
Nasturtium – scurvy
Mugwort – cramps / worm infestation
Fennel – milk flow
Betony – bladder / kidney stone
Oregano – anti-bacterial
THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
The Vegetable Garden, 2016: broad beans, runner beans, onions, radish, beetroot, lettuce, kale, purple-sprouting broccoli, chard, rhubarb and sweet peas.
Contact Gina on 07950 025917 for more information