HORTUS BOTANICUS SOCIETATIS PHARMACEUTICAE LOND. 1686
This is the site of the Chelsea Physic Garden, a botanical garden dedicated to researching the medicinal qualities of plants from all over the world.
We visited the Garden in 2004 and when I knew we'd be in London in June 2008, I declared to The Professor that I didn't much care where else we went, I did want to return to the Physic Garden. One afternoon, after we had wandered around downtown London, we took the tube to South Kensington Station and wandered around Kensington and Chelsea and waited until the garden's afternoon opening time. We checked our backpack at the entrance, and I grabbed my camera.
We strolled up and down and around, remembering the areas we'd explored four years before and finding new places we didn't remember seeing on our previous visit.
The garden is laid out in sections with titles such as Garden of World Medicine, Edible Plants and Poisonous Plants. I was very interested in the plants the Society had identified as herbal or medicinal.
The Yerba Mansa plant (Anemopsis Californica) is native to California. The root stock is used by California Indians to prepare an infusion to treat malaria and dysentery.
Another plant that is used in China for the treatment of malaria is Sweet Wormwood. I wish I'd known about Sweet Wormwood when I lived in Indonesia. The medication I took to prevent malaria break-throughs gave me nightmares and I still got malaria. I eventually switched to an Indonesian folk remedy of an infusion made from the boiled leaves of the papaya tree.
Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) is a highly effective remedy for migraine. Gardeners in the Pacific Northwest could become wealthy selling the Fewerfew that grows perniciously in their gardens every spring.
Opium Poppy (Papaver Somniferum) Seeds for these poppies were NOT for sale in the Chelsea Physic Garden gift shop.
Just so you know.
We took a little tea break before we went back to exploring the Edible Plants area, the Pond and the Rock Garden.
And so shall I take a break and return tomorrow to share the rest of my visit to Chelsea Physic Garden.