Herbology: Medicine from your vegetable patch

Herbology: Medicine from your vegetable patch: Barnsdale Gardens is a place which inspires many people to grow their own edibles, but what about growing vegetables as a medicine? Herbology is the art of the study of plants and how to identify and gather different species in order to make potions and remedies.

Nicola Fenton is a Medical Herbalist who aims to use the power of plants to nurture and improve people’s health and wellbeing.  Nicola will be at Barnsdale Gardens on March 30th to show how to harvest, preserve and use plants from your vegetable patch as medicine. This will be the perfect opportunity to discover how to make remedies for common ailments from sweetcorn, garlic, onions, cauliflower and more in this workshop.

Herbology: Medicine from your vegetable patch - Steve Hamilton

Herbology: Medicine from your vegetable patch – Steve Hamilton

Tickets are £50 and can be bought here: Herbology Event, price includes tea/coffee, entry to the Gardens and all materials.

Spring has sprung online in the Barnsdale Shop

It must be spring, because the plants in the online Barnsdale Shop are screaming ‘love us’ in technicolour, they can’t wait to be shown off in gardens everywhere!

The clematis range on offer is superb and includes varieties such as Rouge Cardinal, Piilu, Picotee and Multi-Blue.

Clematis ‘Rouge Cardinal’ is a lovely variety with the velvet-crimson flowers having rounded sepals and brown stamens. The flowers are about 10-15cm (4-6″) in diameter.

The outstanding pink-purple petals of Clematis ‘Piilu’ have a broad dark pink central streak. The first flush of flowers are usually double or semi-double, with those that follow being single.

Clematis ‘Picotee’ produces gorgeous blooms, up to 15cm (6in) across, boasting pearly-white centres blushed by bright cerise pink margins and delicately pointed tips. Flowers early and then reblooms again in late summer.

A sport from Clematis ‘The President’, Clematis ‘Multi Blue’ has similar deep blue flowers but with a unique, spikey, double centre, showing in May, June and then again in September.

There’s plenty to see and do all year round at Barnsdale Gardens!

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