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St. Anne’s Physic Garden


The St. Anne’s Physic garden is a joint initiative between the Irish Register of Herbalists (IRH) and Dublin City Council Parks Department. The garden was created to showcase traditional medicinal herbs and allow the public access to these wonderful healing plants. We the IRH, want to facilitate further education for the public, on herbal medicines and the history, lore and use of plants as medicine in Ireland.

What is a Physic Garden?

A physic garden is a collection of medicinal herbs in this case planted in the formal style of Italian sunken gardens as used in monastic settings.

The garden at St. Anne’s Park, which has featured on RTE’s Nationwide programme, is open to the public and for educational purposes.

Herb walks at the Garden

A qualified herbalist will be present on certain dates to answer questions.

Every first and third Saturday during the Summer months 10:00am to 4:00pm, an IRH herbalist will be in attendance giving herbal walks and talks usually at 12pm and 3pm.

Walks are currently on hold until further notice during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Lavandula angustifolia.

Our Lavender has really enjoying the sunshine in the garden this week.

The generic name, Lavandula is though to derive from the Latin word lavare (=to wash),a reference to the Romans' habit of using Lavender to perfume their washing water.

The plant remains one of the most popular and well known of our traditional herbs.

Infusions of the flowers may be applied as a compress to ease headaches,and were traditionally taken internally (made weak)for anxiety and nervous exhaustion, other key actions include, antiseptic, antispasmodic and analgesic.

The essential oil, is obtained from the fresh plants by steam distillation.

Lavender essential oil, diluted in a carrier oil, is applied to sunburn, burns and scalds, or used as a massage oil for tension headaches, migraine and muscular aches and pains.

Thanks to our volunteers Lara, Laura ,Marian, Isabel, Matthew and John who have been busy planting up new lavender plants this week.
Theresa and Michael Duffy of Night Park Nursery grew 400 of a new variety of Lavandula phenomoniul plants for the garden.
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Well done to all involved, a real treat 😍🤩

Good weather is forecast for the rest of the week so why not join us in St Anne's Physic Garden this Saturday 17th July for Herb walks at 12am and 3pm , also we have lots of Medicinal plants which will be available in exchange for donations which will help fund the running cost of the Physic Garden.

Check out our Sages.

Salvia officinalis.

The Latin name comes from salvere, to save or heal, and this herb has always been connected with good health and a long life - even immortality.

Salvia officinalis has astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, traditionally infusions of the leaves were used as a gargle or mouthwash for sore throats, mouth ulcers, gum disease, laryngitis and tonsillitis.

Infusions were taken internally as tonics to aid digestion and for menopausal problems and applied externally as compresses to help heal wounds.

Parts used, leaves fresh or dried.

Clary sage.
Salvia sclarea.

The common name, Clary, comes from the Latin word sclarea,a word that may be derived from clause = clear, after the use of the mucilaginous seeds to clear the eyesight.

Infusions of the leaves were traditionally used as lotions for cuts and abrasions, and as a gargle for mouth ulcers.

White sage.
Salvia apiana.

Traditionally used to treat excess sweating, colds and sinus infections, and indigestion.
Also used for cleansing and purification.

Asian Red sage.
Salvia miltiorrhiza.
Dan shen.

Salvia miltiorrhiza, is a cousin of our garden sage, and has been in use in Chinese Traditional Medicine for over 2,000 years.

Dan shen is the TCM remedy for the heart and circulation , the root has an impressive range of activity on the cardiovascular system, benefiting conditions such as high blood pressure, poor peripheral circulation, and heart failure.
Dan shen is also an important gynecological herb in TCM .

Root is the part used.

White prairie sage. Cudweed.
Artemisia ludoviciana.

Much used by Native Americans as an astringent, to induce sweating, curb pain and diarrhoea.
A weak tea was traditionally used for stomachaches, and menstrual disorders.
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Stunning - just stunning work!

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Lots of beautiful poppies in the garden to enjoy this week.

Californian Poppy.
Eschscholzia californica.

This bright - yellow poppy is the state flower of Californian.

Although a close relative of the opium poppy, Californian poppy is safe and non -addictive, and makes a gentle and effective sedative for children.

Californian poppy is also taken for anxiety, nervous tension and insomnia. It also has diuretic properties and promotes perspiration.

Common Poppy.
Papaver rhoeas.

They say the Red poppy is a symbol of remembrance and of hope.

In the botanical name of Common Poppy, rhoeas ( from the Greek word rhoias) means a kind of poppy.

Papaver rhoeas , the red petals were used medicinally as a sedative, hypnotic, demulcent and mild expectorant and the dried petals were used in herbal medicine to treat irritable coughs and hoarseness, bronchitis and to induce sleep.

Opium Poppy.
Papaver somniferum.

The word opium comes from the Greek word opion meaning poppy-juice ( opos = plant juice or sap)

Known since earliest times by the Greek authorities, Theophrastus and Dioscorides as a highly addictive powerful narcotic, opium caused as many problems as it solved.

Opium poppies are now cultivated on a large scale by the pharmaceutical industry as the source of powerful pain-killing drugs, including morphine and codeine.

Opium Poppy should never be collected and used for self medication.
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They’re beautiful.. the stamen formations look like chakras… 😍

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About St. Annes Park

St. Anne’s park is Dublin’s second largest public park and is located in the Clontarf/Raheny area.
It began as the estate of members of the Guinness family beginning with Arthur and Benjamin Lee Guinness. An italian style estate house was built, which unfortunately was destroyed by fire and demolished in 1968.

Sir Arthur Edward Guinness and his wife Olive (Lord & Lady Ardilaun) developed the estate further after Lord Ardilaun inherited it in 1868, planting the beautiful Holm Oaks that line the main avenues and perimeters of the park. They however remained childless and the estate was passed onto Bishop Plunkett who eventually sold most of the estates parkland to Dublin Corporation.

The physic garden is located in the heart of the park in the old walled garden of the estate. The garden is adjacent to a herbaceous border; Chinese Suzhou garden and the park’s miniature rose garden and overlooked by the original estate clock tower.