Medicinal Plants – Visit to the RCP Garden CANCELLED

Michael de Swiet
Royal College of Physicians Garden
Wednesday 13 July

This course has been cancelled

Wednesday 13 July, 10.30am – 1pm

Fees: Members:  £30
Non-members: £40
Concessions: £10 per course (call the office 020 8340 3343)

Booking for Short Courses opens 27 April Members / 04 May Non-Members

10:30am meet at Royal College of Physicians for coffee
11:00am to 1pm Tour of the medicinal plants garden

This tour is planned for those interested in plants and their past, present and possible future uses in medicine. Although herbal medicine will be discussed, the tour is not designed for those primarily seeking information regarding herbal medicine. No knowledge of botany will be assumed. I will teach the short course by showing the plants growing in the garden and discussing their uses. A list of the plants to be seen will be provided.

The Royal College of Physicians is housed in a stunning Grade 1 listed building designed in the 1960s by Denys Lasdun of National Theatre fame. It is situated at the bottom of Regents Park near Euston Road.  The Medicinal Plants Garden was started about 15 years ago  and has  an outstanding  collection of over 1000 different plant species of  medicinal interest  with a further  200 that  are  named after  famous doctors.

Topics that will be covered include:

Plants that were milestones in the discovery  of  medicines (e.g. Foxglove Digitalis purpurea)
Plants as sources for modern medicines (e.g. artemesinin Artemisia annua)
Plants illustrating the Doctrine of  Signatures (e.g. Pulmonaria officinalis)
Plants for treating cancer (e.g.  Yew Taxus baccata)
Herbal medicines (e.g. St John’s wort, Hypericum perforatum)
Poisonous plants (e.g. Deadly nightshade Atropa belladonna)

The RCP (11 St Andrews Place, NW1 4LE) is in Regents Park near Great Portland Street Underground station and easily accessible by public transport from Highgate. There is wheelchair access to the College and the garden.

Recommended reading:
A Garden of Medicinal Plants. Oakeley H, Knowles J, de Swiet M, Dayan A. Published Little Brown (2015) available from RCP

The Gardeners Companion to Medicinal Plants. Simmonds M, Howes M, Irving J. Published Frances Lincoln Ltd (2016)

Tutor: Michael de Swiet is a retired professor of medicine and has been a garden fellow at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for seven years, sharing responsibility for the management of academic aspects of its medicinal plants garden. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Chelsea Physic Garden.