Drink Tea. Boost Your Brain.

At the physic garden we love plants which are good for the brain and especially plants with science to show how they work.

Drink Tea. Boost Your Brain. Over the past three years we have been expertly blending science-backed botanicals which have research to show how they boost sleep, calmness, memory and mood. Each fragrant organic infusion is created from years of expertise at our physic garden in Northumberland. Since one blend sold out within the month we are launching online soon with – Dilston Physic Garden’s own trademark range of organic science-backed teas: Uplift Tea, Memory Tea, Calm Tea, Sleep Tea, Digest Tea, PainRelief Tea, Happy Tea and physic garden House Tea. These signature blends you can only find at Dilston Physic Garden. Watch this space to buy them online, in the meantime just pop in to the physic garden to taste and buy delicious aromatic infusions, all rooted in science.

Two Summer Art-in-Wellbeing Workshops

Join a summer art-for-wellbeing workshop by our new artist-in-residence Sarah Greaves

Saturday June 8th and/or Saturday July 6th 10am- 4pm 2019

These two mid-summer workshops are a chance to draw and paint outdoors in bright summer sunshine – let’s hope! But even if it rains the Herbology House in the Physic Garden is the perfect place to observe whatever the weather and the garden offer us – growth, light and shadow, the perfection of a single leaf or blossom at the pinnacle of its existence.

The flexible structure of the day is designed to allow time and space for you to have quiet time alone in the garden, or to spend time with others, sharing thoughts and experiences, and to record observations, thoughts and reflections in whichever way you choose.

No artistic skill needed – honestly! Just the ability to look closely, to be open, and perhaps to be a bit adventurous with the materials.

Art materials and paper are provided, but you might like to bring your own, also. Tea & coffee also provided, but please bring a packed lunch, and come prepared with warm clothes – even though it will be midsummer!

£30. To book or for any queries contact Sarah sarah.a.greaves@gmail.com 01661 855111.

Sarah is an art psychotherapist and practising artist and says she is a compulsive though very amateur gardener, “so the role gives me a place and a space to combine doing the things I love most”. Through her profession Sarah says she is aware of the healing power of creative work, and also conscious of the healing energy that being in a green, living, environment gives and says “there is now research to prove what most of us knew anyway!”.

Through her residency Sarah plans to organise different types of workshops at Dilston that encourage people to use visual art to connect to a garden’s healing energy, and to find different ways of being with the fascinating plants that thrive in this physic garden. Aiming to reach different groups in the community who might benefit from spending time in the physic garden, and to plan workshops around their needs, the thread running through the workshops will be ‘Contemplative Drawing’, quiet days spent relating to different aspects or parts of the Physic Garden, and sharing the reflections that this brings.

Potion Club EXTRA

As well as regular Potion Club over the summer at Dilston Physic Garden medical herbalist Davina Hopkinson has created a new fun and fascinating course for children aged between 8 and 12 (guide) who want to learn more about the intriguing world of plants for medicine.
Potion Club EXTRA brings 6 unique and interactive sessions in 2018 that are monthly on Saturdays, starting in March through to September 2018 (except one Sunday and excluding August).
Delve in to the magical world of herbs. Learn all about local plants you find in the garden, hedgerows, woods and fields. We’ll be going out to forage for some of these. Each month we’ll explore which plants are growing and how they can be turned into medicine. Like spring tonics to give your body a kick start after the long winter months, or roots and berries in autumn to make cold and flu remedies.
We’ll choose a plant of the month and explore it – what it does, how it does it, and see how to turn it into a real effective potion! Different plants can be used for parts of our body – like to help digestion, boost our immunity and even help us sleep – we’ll discover just how these plants can be used to help healing.
With a little scintillating history (herbal medicine goes back 60,000 years!) thrown in, there’ll be some telling of mysterious magical herbal folk tales and of course plenty of safe remedy making. Each month children can enjoy filling in a their own Potion Book where they can add their own thoughts and artwork.
Cost for each Potion Club EXTRA is £15 or £25 for two, with a discount for booking the whole course. Please bring your own packed lunch. For further information and to register your interest in future Potion Clubs or home education groups contact Davina on 01661 842897 or davinaherbalist@gmail.com.
Dates* of Potion Club EXTRA 2018 :
10am to 2pm 
Saturday 17th March
Saturday 21st April
Sunday 13th May
Saturday 16th June 16,
Saturday 14th July
Saturday 22nd September
*please note these dates are provisional

St. John’s Wort: Demon exorciser | Dilston Physic Garden |

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