Information on the independent workshops and events that run from the physic garden

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 |

BY POPULAR DEMAND ‘Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine’ 2018

Enjoying its 3rd year the ‘Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine’ returns in 2018 to give you easy access to qualified information on the use of plants for health and medicine.

Ensuring you’re using the correct herb for your needs is essential since if plant medicines are used inappropriately, just as with drugs, they can be unhelpful and problems can arise. Our registered medical herbalists and qualified herbal pharmacist are here to help you explore effective herbal medicine to support you back to health and to keep you healthy.

Just drop into The Physic Shop – every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 12 to 3pm May to August and every Thursday 2-3pm June and July 2018. 

Wednesday’s dispensary is led by medical herbalists Ross and Davina and Thursday’s by pharmacist Milena.

  • No need to make an appointment – just come along to the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicines situated in The Physic Shop.
  • £5 per short consultation and individual prescription (herbal medicine is purchased separately).
  • Milena is offering a free consultation when you join her ‘Thursday Talks‘ (1-2pm every Thursday in June & July 2018).
  • For more complex ailments, Ross or Davina can arrange an in depth consultation with you.
  • Don’t forget you can enjoy the Physic Garden while you’re there – physic garden admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the Dispensary.  If you’d like to visit the physic garden too, entrance is £4 and the Season Pass only £10
  • The Physic Shop also stocks a range of organic or wild crafted teas, tinctures, creams and other herbal products.

Read more information here or email info@dilstonphysicgarden.com or contact Ross (rossherbalist@gmail.com), Davina (davinaherbalist@gmail.com) or Milena (milena.kopkowska@gmail.com) directly.

*Please note: The Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine does not dispense conventional medicine products; the dispensary is only open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday 12-3pm (May-Aug) and every Thursday 2-3pm (Jun-Jul) 2018; dispensary times may change for 2019.

Foundation in Plant Medicine

The physic garden’s 10 Day Foundation in Plant Medicine is a unique, hands on course which demonstrates how plants can maintain and boost your health. You’ll also discover how to make your own, safe plant remedies.
Running over 5 seasonal weekends in 2016, this is your time to immerse yourself in the tranquil Physic Garden setting. This innovative Foundation Course series has been a huge success during its first five years, and is led by registered, professional medical herbalists Ross Menzies, Jill Schnabel & Sarah Hughes.
Course dates 2016:
6th – 8th May
15th – 17th July
24th – 25th September
12th – 13th November
  • Explore  the remarkable health giving & medicinal power of plants around us
  • Learn to use medicinal plants to treat minor ailments & everyday health issues
  • Uncover fascinating facts behind botanical medicine, its science & folklore
  • Informative, friendly & fun; no previous knowledge needed