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16 June 2011

Explore the Urban Physic Garden

Your author visited the new Urban Physic Garden in Southwark earlier this week, following an invitation from Helen Babbs, author of the new book My Garden, The City And Me, who appeared with him on Londonist Out Loud. For readers who haven't already seen it elsewhere, the Garden is a great project, growing plants with medicinal properties in a pop-up garden on Union Street in Southwark.

The plants are arranged in various 'wards' by their medicinal uses, with plants which are of use in gastrology, respiratory, orthopedic, cardiological, dermatological and other areas of medicine, and helping visitors to learn about the importance of such plants in the medical world.

Alongside the flower beds, the garden is offering workshops, herb walks, a cafe and restaurant, ping pong, seesaws, a theatre (called 'the Operating Theatre'), free lunchtime talks and a plant orphanage. There are also various other projects, all of which sound brilliant.

The garden is open until 15th August 2011. For more information, see http://www.physicgarden.org.uk/


  1. That looks fascinating, I shall try and look that up while it's there. Nice to see a derelict space get put to good use. I remember a few years back there was a suggestion that vacant sites that had been intended for new development stymied by the downturn should be turned into temporary parks. Not much came of it, sadly...

  2. It's not the first time it's been used either. It was previously used as an Urban Orchard: http://www.unionstreetorchard.org.uk/ and is backed by a lot of the same people.

    I went the other day, it's really interesting and enjoyable to hang out in when sunny!

  3. I know Alex, I was a little concerned when I looked out at the weather as I wrote this last night.

    There has been some sun today, though.

  4. I read that as the psychic garden at first, which would be something altogether different. I love these gardens popping up all over the city though, giving a bit of fresh air to the big smoke.