Beside each plant at Dilston Physic Garden find a signboard detailing the science of how the plant works, the traditional use of the plant in plant medicine, as well as the folklore and magic! that bring the plant to life. This physic garden has its origins in neuroscience and was created by Elaine Perry, professor of neurochemistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. This is a Physic Garden grounded in science and tests the efficacy of traditional medicine, embracing sound evidence from a multidisciplinary and trans-boundary perspective.
A charity for education
Dilston Physic Garden is a Registered Charity for education.
The public, groups, schools, colleges and universities all visit us to discover the incredible world of plants for health and medicine.
As well as links to the University of Newcastle, Northeast Universities Medicinal Plant Research Group (MPRG), educational visits from North East university medical students and groups from other university departments, Dilston Physic Garden has research links to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and other research bodies and runs clinical trials to study the effects of plants to improve memory and more.
When visiting Dilston Physic Garden please be aware that some plants are poisonous.
When using plants as medicines please be aware that some plant medicines can interact with other medications and in are not advised in some medical conditions – before taking any plant at a medicinal level always first consult a NIMH registered medical herbalist and inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, have any medical condition or are taking any medication.
Always be sure of the identity of your plant and source plant medicine or products from an established reputable source – read any caution and do not exceed the suggested dose or duration, but note that there is an effective dose and duration.
Our volunteers are central in caring for the plants at Dilston Physic Garden and they experience many rewarding opportunities and in a number of different and exciting ways.
As well as keeping all of the physic garden plants healthy and happy and harvesting them to make tea or to dry and pack, volunteers also show visitors around and answer questions.
We provide any training needed and volunteers pick up herbal tip bits, enjoy good company and a healthy herbal lunch
Volunteers can be reimbursed for travel expenses and also have the chance to join a workshop of their choice, free of charge. Just contact us to start your experience !
What others say about us
I have had the good fortune to visit this beautiful garden over a number of years and so have seen it grow and develop. Each visit is a new and thrilling experience.
It’s a nice and interesting garden to be visited. I use it for benchmarking, cause I build the same garden “spice garden” in tropical country Indonesia containing more 400 species of medicinal plants. Thank you
“What a fantastic find! Thank you.”
I found your site by accident while looking for something else. It looks wonderful! I am involved in a small garden of health behind one of the departments in Glasgow University so I am very interested. I hope to be able to pay you a visit before too long and will be in touch.
“A beautiful and peaceful garden and a real source of inspiration.”
“Absolutely fabulous. Thank you.”
“The most exquisite magical garden you could find”
The Grey Lady has been seen visiting the physic garden. We are hoping she will come again most Saturdays this summer to give a Magic and Medicine tour of the physic garden. Please book a place by 1pm and meet at the garden gate at 1.30pm £2 per person. The ghost of the 3rd Countess […]
The Dilston of Plant Medicine is back 2021, open 5th May to 15th September – Wednesdays 12.30 to 3pm – just click the image above for more details.