Talks & Tours

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.

  • Intro Tour

    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 (£30, 30 minutes, numbers limited to 15).

  • Plant Medicine

    A popular talk or 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. Can be given as a tour or a talk/workshop depending on availability in the classroom).

  • Botanical Brain Balms

    A popular tour or tour given by either Elaine Perry (curator and neuroscientist) or Nicolette Perry (director and pharmacognosist), 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, £45, 55 minutes. Numbers limited to 15. Can be given as a tour or a talk depending on availability of the classroom).

  • School Visits

    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).

  • Student Groups

    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).

  • Horticultural Tour

    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)