Discover the power of plants. Wander up a country lane in a panoramic stretch of Northumberland to a unique medicinal garden on the banks of a meandering river. Find a garden like no other, set in 2 acres of natural habitat and brimming with over 700 medicinal plants. Plants used as medicines throughout history, with the science to verify their use and show how they benefit health and wellbeing. Experience an ultimate relaxation garden, a tranquil space in which its plants and people nurture mind, body and spirit.

Junior Herbalist Club

Junior Herbalist Club is a brand new venture. It’s taking place with the support of the National Institute  of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). The aim of Junior Herbalist Club is to let children learn about the healing and medicinal plants all around them in a safe and supervised environment – in this case, Dilston Physic Garden! JHC meets at Dilston Physic Garden once a month from September to July and is led by NIMH medical herbalist Davina Hopkinson. Read More.

A charity for education

As a registered charity for education Dilston Physic Garden is visited by everyone from families to groups, community groups, schools, colleges, universities and professionals, all visiting to discover more about the incredible life-changing world of plants for health and medicine.

Educational visits include curriculum based school trips, junior herbalist club, as well as university medical students and groups from other university departments.

With research links to the University of Newcastle, Northeast Universities Medicinal Plant Research Group (MPRG), the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and other research bodies, Dilston Physic Garden conducts controlled clinical trials to study the effects plant medicine for the mind and brain.

  • Science Garden

    Dilston Physic Garden is rooted in science. Beside each plant find information on the plant’s traditional use, the folklore that brings each plant to life and the science of how the plant works – from chemical ingredients and lab studies to clinical trials.  The physic garden also conducts scientific research into traditional medicine especially those to improve memory. Find specialist collections of plants shown by science to be effective for memory, mood, sleep, pain and more.

  • Plants for Health & Medicine

    Dilston aims to increase the awareness of plant medicine backed by scientific research, helping reinstate plants medicine as an essential component of human health and medicine, just as it was in the past. By embracing sound scientific evidence from a multidisciplinary and trans-boundary perspective, we are helping bridge the gap between plant medicine and general medicine.

    Discover how effective plant medicine is all about taking the right prescription for your individual needs – visit a National Institute of Medical Herbalists Medical Herbalist every Wednesday in the summer at our Dilston Dispensary of Plant Medicine.


When visiting Dilston Physic Garden please be aware that some plants are poisonous.

When using plants as medicines it is important that some plant medicines can interact with other medications and some are not advised in certain 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 – and read any caution and do not exceed the suggested dose or duration, but note that there is an effective dose and duration.

For further information on preparations, dose, effects, side-effects, interactions with other drugs visit or consult a NIMH registered medical herbalist.


Volunteers play a central role in caring for the plants at Dilston Physic Garden and say they experience many rewarding opportunities in a number of different and exciting ways. As well as keeping the physic garden plants healthy and happy, they also are involved in the harvesting and making of botanical teas as well as helping visitors.

We provide any training needed and volunteers pick up plenty of 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!

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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”

November & December at Dilston Physic Garden

Four 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 […]

Come and Meet our St John’s Wort Serpent

Our wondrous St John’s Wort Serpent has just arrived.  Hypericum perforatum is a plant with holes in its leaves.  It acquired its common English name, St John’ s wort (SJW), as it flowers in midsummer (this Sunday) on the day of John the Baptist.  So it is truly a holy plant!  The ancients believed the […]

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