Spring Celebration

Sunday 5th February 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Today, we’ll celebrate the growing power of the sun and connect with the ancient traditions of Imbolc. This day honoured the goddess Brigit, revered by the northern tribes of Celtic Britain, such as those living along the Tyne valley. Brigit is the goddess of creativity and healing – in the Christian calendar, her festival became ‘Candlemas’, when candles are lit in honour of the mother of Christ. This continued the tradition of marking the returning light.

Led by local members of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, our Spring festival will celebrate – in symbolic form – the waning of winter’s power as the light of spring starts to increase.

For information, and to register your interest, please email

celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

Welcome and Wassail – Saturday 7 January

We invite you to join in an event which continues an ancient tradition while planting a legacy for the future.
The physic garden is open from 12 noon – 2pm. Please feel free to bring snacks and sandwiches.
From 1pm – 2pm, join in song and ceremony to toast our orchard trees.
Wassail is an Old English word meaning ‘be healthy’ or ‘be whole’ – ‘hale and hearty’. Wassailing the trees in the orchard wakes them up from their winter sleep and ensures that the next season’s crop of fruit will be bountiful. Like many ancient traditions, wassailing recognizes the importance of our relationship to nature.
Members of the local druid grove will ‘toast’ a chosen fruit tree and pour an offering of cider on its roots. This is followed by a sharing of the wassail bowl, and the singing of carols, led by members of the local community choir. We encourage the making of much noise by all present! Come in costume if you wish.
Transition Tynedale provide the cider from recent apple pressing days.
From 2-3pm, you can join in a (weather dependent) walk through Dukeshouse Woods to Hexham Middle School, where tree planting takes place from 3pm. The tree planting is led by the Transition Tynedale team.

Participation in all activities is at the individual’s own risk

Celebrate the Winter Solstice Sunday 18th December 3.00pm – 8.00pm

From the earliest times, our ancestors have welcomed the rebirth of the sun at the darkest point of the year. In this same spirit, we gather at first to mourn the death of the sun, and to let go of that which is fading and dying.

We will then symbolically enact the turning of the year from darkness to light, in celebration that life will ever spring up in a new dawn.

This gathering is facilitated by members of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

For information and to register your interest please email celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

While the event is free, please consider making a donation to Dilston physic garden, which is a small, local charity. Registered Charity 1120141

Samhain Ceremony in the Physic Garden: Sunday 30th October 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Samhain (summer’s end) is a festival of remembrance and honouring of our ancestors. It is said that at Samhain the veil that separates the worlds is at its thinnest. So our world, and that of the dead, blend as one. On this night of wonder and magic, the spirits of the otherworld are invited to join us in a sacred feast, and we may meet (if we so wish) those friends and family members who have passed over.

As the cold of winter begins to strip the leaves from the trees, a meditation on what is passing and what, in our lives, we need to let go of, is an important preparation for this deep ceremony.

Facilitated by local members of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, our festival will celebrate the mystery and miracle of transformation.
For information and to register your interest please email celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com

Commission: Eavesdropping on Medicinal Plants

Physic Garden Commission: Eavesdropping on Medicinal Plants

The Person

We are looking for someone with electronic, electrical and musical expertise – and loads of enthusiasm and initiative.

The Project

Creating an electrical machine that will record changing electrical potentials on parts of plants in the Physic Garden.

Requirements: attachment leads, instrument conversion to readout as visual waves and audible response (could be converted to musical notes). Needs to be waterproof, portable, powered by mains and with rechargeable batteries .

Further info on machines that listen to plants is readily available online e.g. goo.gl/efPCiz

The Parameters

Completion by the spring of 2017

Funding – approx £2,000, dependent on provision of a warranty and follow up support

Contact: Elaine.perry@ncl.ac.uk

 

RESIDENCY: Plant Historian & Folklorist in Residence

Aconitum © Rachel Singleton

Aconitum © Rachel Singleton

History, Uses and Beliefs of Plants grown at Dilston Physic Garden.

Between April and September 2016, we are delighted to welcome Dr Marie Addyman, plant and garden historian. Marie will be working at the Physic Garden to explore the beliefs, uses, history, nomenclature and folklore of selected plants grown at Dilston.  These will include plants both familiar and unfamiliar, both wild and cultivated.  Marie will ask when certain plants came into cultivation in this country, how they acquired the names they have and why certain beliefs have accrued around them.

Marie’s residency will focus on identifying folkloric and magical information, examining the extent to which old ideas were sometimes different from, and sometimes consistent with, a plant’s modern use.  For example, St John’s Wort was believed to be an exorciser of demons, which we might want to read as a metaphor for depression; it is now used to help treat this condition. The information Marie gathers will be incorporated onto the Physic Garden information signboards and used in any Physic Garden associated publications; for example, see our Kindle ‘Herbal High’ Book In Pursuit of Herbal Happiness http://www.amazon.co.uk/TALES-FROM-PSYCHIC-GARDEN-HAPPINESS-ebook/dp/B00OABYVQE)

Many plants are particularly associated with specific festivals and times of the year, so Marie is running 4 seasonal workshops (Easter, Midsummer, Harvest Time and Christmas), providing the opportunity for us to learn more about this fascinating subject as we make discoveries with her during this residency.

Dr Marie Addyman is a plant historian and folklorist who has worked for many years on the history, names, beliefs and uses of some of our wild and garden plants. She specializes particularly in the late mediaeval period and also on Tudor England, and is an authority on the writings of William Turner, the Morpeth-born Tudor physician.

Workshops on the History, Uses, Beliefs & Folklore of Seasonal Plants Grown at Dilston Physic Garden

with Dr Marie Addyman.

These workshops will explore how many plants from the fields, the hedgerows and the garden were associated with specific seasons and festivals.

Saturday 23rd April: ‘Lenten is come with love to town’: the sap rises at Easter and in the Spring.

Wednesday 29th June: the dangerous and magical spirits of Midsummer.

Wednesday September 7th: Harvest home: gathering the products of  field and wood.

Saturday December 3rd: the midwinter spirits: Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe.

Sessions are held at Dilston Physic Garden between 2 – 4pm.

£7.50 each.  Tea/ coffee provided.

To book, please email Marie cangrande14@btinternet.com

 

An invitation from the Northumbrian Grove of Bards, Ovates and Druids to join them in their Imbolc ceremony at Dilston Physic Garden on Saturday 6 February, 3 – 6 pm.

November & December at Dilston Physic Garden

Visitors at the Bamboo AvenueFour more workshops this year.  And we need your help – please fill in a survey!

Though officially closed for the season, we are still open for group visits by appointment.  The physic garden re-opens to the public on Wednesday April 13th 2016.

 

SURVEY

Win a free trip to Dilston Physic Garden!

Newcastle University are conducting research on how herbs are being used for health. They need as many people as possible to participate in a survey online and would love your response. Upon completing the survey you can enter a prize draw. To access the survey please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/useofherbalmedicine

 

WORKSHOPS

EXPLORING DRUIDCRAFT Explore nature based spirituality SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER

10am-4pm E. celticspiritualitygroup@yahoogroups.com   T. 07792 606273

ROOTS MEDICINE Discover the healing power of autumn plant roots SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

10am-4pm E. jill.schnabel@btninternet.com

ASTRONOMY INTRODUCTION WITH KIELDER OBSERVATORY FRIDAY 4THDECEMBER     7pm-10.30pm E. gary@kielderobservatory.org

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING COURSE Make your own festive wreath SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER 11am-3pm E. emckenna2012@yahoo.co.uk T. 01661 611600

Simply book your place with the above contacts.  Visit our Workshop page for more details.

Two New Booklets for Sale by our Curator Brain Booster Herbs

TALES FROM A PSYCHIC GARDEN :

STRESS-LESS HERBAL CHILL PILLS and IN PURSUIT OF HERBAL HAPPINESS

 

Buy in our Botanical Shop for £5