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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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St Anne's Physic Garden.

With the gradual lifting of the Covid restrictions we plan to resume our herb walks on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 12 pm and 3pm.
We will also have Medicinal plants for sale to help fund the running costs of the garden.

Valeriana officinalis.

One of our native European perennial herbs the name Valeriana is said to be from the Latin word Valera " to be healthy "
In ancient Greece, Dioscorides and Galen knew it as "Phu", for the offensive odour of its roots.

The white, sometimes pinkish clusters of flowers are attracting lots of pollinators to the garden.
Valerian has sedative properties and is taken as a tea for insomnia, nervous tension, anxiety, headaches and indigestion. Also said to lower blood pressure. Note, in some 'hot patients it can over stimulate.

The root and rhizome of the second year plant are traditionally used.

Common Iris, Blue flag.
Iris versicolor.

All irises are named after Iris, the goddess of the rainbow.

The root has Medicinal value, and was traditionally dried and used as a diuretic and had expectorant properties, but it is rarely used now.

The Iris root is a source of Orris powder which has the scent of Violets, much used as an ingredient in perfumery and pot - pourri.

Enjoy the purple white and yellow colours of the Iris......our bees do.
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They just get better as the week goes on😂😂

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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.