Useful Plants Collection

Moon gate

Moon gate entrance to Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden

The Useful Plants Collection contains two main medicinal plant displays (sub-collections), the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden and the Western Herb Garden. The garden also grows medicinal plants connected with Ayurvedic medicine (originating in India) and traditional Southern African medicine. Important food and spice plants are grown with their wild relatives, and seasonal displays of vegetables illustrate some of the varieties imported into the United Kingdom to provide out of season food.