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St. Anne’s Physic Garden

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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.

Find Us at St. Anne’s Park

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Pasque flower.
Pulsatilla vulgaris.

One of the seven 'sacred' herbs used by the Druids who were highly skilled in the use of Medicinal plants.

Excellant relaxing nervine for the use in problems relating to nervous tension and spasms in the reproductive system.

Also traditionally used for dysmenorrhea and overian pain alongwith painful conditions of the testes.

Tea: of the dried herb as prescribed by a qualified herbalist. It is not advisable to use the fresh herb as it is toxic.
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Pasque flower.
Pulsatilla vulgaris.

One of the seven sacred herbs used by the Druids who were highly skilled in the use of Medicinal plants.

Excellant relaxing nervine for the use in problems relating to nervous tension and spasms in the reproductive system.

Also traditionally used for dysmenorrhea and overian pain alongwith painful conditions of the testes.

Tea: of the dried herb as prescribed by a qualified herbalist. It is not advisable to use the fresh herb as it is toxic.Image attachmentImage attachment

Violet.
Viola riviniana, Dog-violet.

Lots of beautiful violets in our garden this week.

Traditionally drank as a tea for its cooling and mucilage properties which soothed sore throats and dry coughs.
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Violet.
Viola riviniana, Dog-violet.

Lots of beautiful violets in our garden this week.

Traditionally drank as a tea for its cooling and mucilage properties which soothed sore throats and dry coughs.Image attachment

Lungwort.
Pulmonaria officinalis.

The principal former use of the herb was in treating lung complaints.

The spotted leaves were thought to resemble lungs and it is often cited as an example of the application of the Doctrine of Signatures.

Leaves and flowering stems were used as an infusion, Lungwort contains a mucilage and has expectorant properties used to soothe bronchitis and cough.
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Lungwort.
Pulmonaria officinalis.

The principal former use of the herb was in treating lung complaints.

The spotted leaves were thought to resemble lungs and it is often cited as an example of the application of the Doctrine of Signatures.

Leaves and flowering stems were used as an infusion, Lungwort contains a mucilage and has expectorant properties used to soothe bronchitis and cough.

Our Pollinators.

Lock down or no lock down , our Buff - tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrrestris) were back busy at work in our beautiful Physic Garden today.
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Our Pollinators.

Lock down or no lock down , our Buff - tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrrestris) were back busy at work in our beautiful Physic Garden today.

Primrose.
Primula vulgaris.

The very name of the primrose in Irish - samhaircin, the little summer flower - gives us hope that warmer weather is not too far off !

Traditionally taken as a tea for insomnia, to calm anxiety , and for coughs.
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Primrose.
Primula vulgaris.

The very name of the primrose in Irish - samhaircin, the little summer flower - gives us hope that warmer weather is not too far off !

Traditionally taken as a tea for insomnia, to calm anxiety , and for coughs.Image attachment
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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.