Herb Garden

By | Themed Gardens | November 29, 2011 | No comments

Herbs and healing plants have a wide variety of uses, including preventing and curing diseases, aiding digestion, healing wounds, treating venomous bites and stings, and pain relief.  The plants in this garden are divided into sections, one of which represents the native plants used by the First Nations, notably the local Iroquois, and the other the people of China, for medicinal purposes.  Many of their traditional methods of healing and medicine are still being practised today.

The herb garden is made up of circular beds bordered with corten steel (a naturally oxidized coating) to contain the vigorous herb plantings. These beds are surrounded by gravel walks, which allow for easy access and observation. It also consists of a small section adjacent to the City glasshouse, where the herbs indicative of the First Nations are planted.

Some of the circular beds have also been converted to herb plantings which accompany the cultural cuisine chosen for the Kitchen Garden for any particular year.

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Aldona Satterthwaite about the author: Aldona Satterthwaite

Aldona Satterthwaite started gardening as a child and has never stopped. Until recently, she was the executive director of Toronto Botanical Garden. Previously, Aldona was editor-in-chief of Canadian Gardening magazine, which during her eight-year tenure was twice named Magazine of the Year (large circulation category) by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 2007, she was co-named Editor of the Year. Aldona, who’s a Master Gardener, completed her journalism studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University) in London, England and studied landscape architecture at Ryerson University. She’s enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career that has spanned magazines, advertising and the museum world, and has included stints as Director of Writing Services at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and as manager of creative services at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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