The St John’s Hospice – A Modern Apothecary

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The inspiration for this garden is based on conversations with doctors and care professionals about what we can do to improve our own health within the context of gardens and plants. It is also inspired by the healing power of plants and a quote from Hippocrates, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food".
The garden will feature research-based plants known to be beneficial to the health and wellbeing of society. It is a small tranquil space with wellness at its heart. The experience of natural calm while walking along the lavender-lined path, towards the water feature, is enhanced by a pair of benches where one can sit, surrounded by scented plants in a place of stillness.
The garden contains many red-leaved herbs, for example Atriplex, Beta, Brassica and Lactuca. Red leaves are high in anthocyanidins, which in the area of cardiovascular disease protection, are strongly linked to oxidative stress protection.
Native plants combined with grasses provide a border. Many can be eaten, for example, chicory, salad burnet and sorrel. If, however, you have no wish to forage your lawn it can be easily mowed in the traditional manner and the wonderful aroma of that action will stimulate the senses.

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