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

‘In Pursuit of Herbal Happiness’ is available to buy on Kindle

Or send us your address and a cheque or BACS for £7 & we can post to you