Talks & Tours

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Bring your group or school group to the physic garden and enjoy a tour, talk or workshop – by prior arrangement and dependant on availability. Just let us know your needs and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Please note tours & talks are charged in addition to admission price.
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A fascinating all round introduction to a physic garden and Dilston Physic Garden, talking you round how the physic garden began, the different gardens and special collections (£25, 30 minutes).
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A popular talk/ tour given by a medical herbalist. Explore the wonderful medicine chest of our native plants and some of the wild foods available too. Bringing the plants to life, appreciating the beauty of the physic garden, you might never see a hedgerow in the same way again (£30, 30 minutes; £55, 60 minutes).
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A popular talk / tour given by either Elaine Perry (curator and neuroscientist) or Nicolette Perry (pharmacognosist and physic garden director), this tour introduces the concept of a physic garden with a focus on plants shown by science to enhance sleep, memory, mood and more (£30, 30 minutes).
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Discovering what plants can do for health and as safe medicines is life changing. Davina Hopkinson (medical herbalist registered with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and Education Trustee at Dilston) offers visits for school groups that can either introduce the concept of plants for health and include a hands-on workshop and exploring the physic garden, but can also be tailored to fit current curriculum needs. Children love the physic garden! (Cost dependent on length/ requirements).
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We give tours/ talks, all science-backed, depending on your needs, to older school children, college and university students, based on themes such as ‘‘Natures Pharmacy’, ‘History & Facts Behind Plants Essential to Human Health’, ‘Medical Drugs From Plants’, ‘Plant versus Drug Debate’, ‘Science-backed Plants to Relieve Anxiety and Enhance Wellbeing & Learning’, as well as a Sensory Tour for individual or group special needs students, in season. (£30/30 min; £55/hr).
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Given by medical herbalist and horticulturalist Jill Schnabel, this talk/ tour takes you round the physic garden from the perspective of the gardener, a great start to help you grow your own physic garden! (£55/hr)
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All tours and talks are subject to availability and by prior arrangement only. Just contact us with your needs and with a date in mind. Please note that all Talk/Tour charges are in addition to Group Admission charge (£3pp).
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Visiting the physic garden, visitors will be prepared for a short walk by bus (10 min) or train (20 min road walk or a 45 min extremely pleasant walk along the rivers Tyne and Dyvel’s Water). Coming by car there is a 7 minute walk from the Physic Garden Top-up Car Park to the Physic Garden gate. This is a very pleasant flat walk along a lane and riverside public footpath. Please bring footwear suitable for a muddy lane.

Access is currently not suitable for wheelchairs, although wheelchairs do occasionally come if the weather is dry, where cars can up to the entrance gate to drop. However, although the main Physic Garden is all at one level, it is mainly grass and there are some narrow/ gravel paths and edges to the beds that make wheelchair access challenging. Improving this access a funding priority.
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