A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published January 16th 2016
A Refuge in the City
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens has many beautiful garden spaces to discover. Among them is the informative and contemplative Garden of Health, located in the western part of Adelaide Botanic Garden next to the Ginko Gate. This space is used to show how plants are used for their healing properties and to promote health and wellbeing. Both western and non-western cultures are enhanced by the use of the healing properties of plants.
A Place for Reflection The garden has a comprehensive range of plants with a total of over 2500 plants from 295 species show the diversity of plants that have assisted with healing the body, mind and soul for thousands of years. The garden design focuses on quiet spaces as a haven for reflection.
There is a focus on plants for healing. This is divided in to geographical sections, Middle East and Northern African regions, China, India, Indigenous Australia and North and South America. The wisdom of plants as therapeutic agents being acknowledged through the ages. The Garden of Healing shows the historical contributions of plants over a staggering 60,000 years. Plants hold an importance role in pharmaceutical discoveries and modern medicine. There is no doubt plants will also be a key to enhancing healing and health into the future.
The Garden of Health has plants that help with all kinds of healing
The Art of Healing The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. Paracelsus (1493 - 1541)
Plants have many and varied uses. They have been part of our lives and our health since earliest times. They have relieved pain, enhanced desire, altered our minds and lifted our spirits. The diversity and colour on display in the garden of health does indeed invigorate and inspire.
A place to unwind, watch the birds and bees and contemplate this intricate creation.
Garden Spaces The Garden of Health has flowing, fragrant spaces. There are long curved seating areas and raised garden beds. The central fountain radiates peace and is popular with the birds. The clever landscaping shows varied colour combinations of plants. The different components, shapes and foliage present like a patchwork quilt.
The different components, shapes and foliage present like a patchwork quilt.
Easy Access The garden is designed to be easily accessible from the accompanying health site of the Royal Adelaide and as a community resource, supporting those recovering from illness and accidents by improving their quality of life through social interaction, exercise and reflection in the Garden. The raised beds allow easy access for those in a wheelchair or with mobility issues.
Further Information The Garden of Health does have an accompanying pamphlet. However the numbering on the pamphlet is not referenced in the garden, but in a diagram on the pamphlet. Coordination of the comprehensive information on pamphlets and signage in the garden would make navigating the garden more user friendly. I decided to just view the garden and read the signs dotted throughout.
Plant Remedies The garden of health has plants that help with all kinds of body functions, from sharpening the mind to improving digestion, helping the heart to soothing the skin. Artmesia alba is a silvery green coloured bush listed as a plant useful as traditional remedy of the Bedouins of the Negev desert against inflammation if the small intestine and other gut ailments.
Into the Future Plants such as sage, peppermint, capers and artichoke are familiar to us in the kitchen. But are now being investigated more for their healing properties. There is no doubt plants will also be a key to enhancing healing and health into the future. This garden gives a fascinating insight into the use of plants and their potential for our health and happiness into the future.
Adelaide Botanical Garden Opening Hours
Monday to Friday Opens 7.15am
Weekends and public holidays Opens 9:00am
Monday to Friday Closes December & January 7pm, February & March 6pm, April 6pm, May 5.30pm, June & July 5pm, August 5.30pm, September 6pm, October & November 6.30pm.
When:Adelaide Botanical Garden Opening Hours Monday to Friday Opens 7.15am Weekends and public holidays Opens 9:00am Monday to Friday Closes December & January 7pm, February & March 6pm, April 6pm, May 5.30pm, June & July 5pm, August 5.30pm, September 6pm