Welcome to the plant database
The RCP garden of medicinal plants is unique in that almost every one of the over 1000 species of plant here has a link to medicine. It may be a herb with a long history of use in folk tradition; it may have provided the model for a pharmaceutical drug; it may be a fibre plant used to make bandages or its botanical name may commemorate a Physician and honour a contribution to science. The myriad stories they tell come from diverse cultures, different countries and from every age in recorded history.
The garden, which was redesigned in 2005, surrounds the Grade 1 listed building designed by Denys Lasdun and it reflects both the RCP's contemporary role and its more than 500 year history. The striking building is both a meeting place for Fellows and Members and an important conference centre, while the garden provides a peaceful and attractive outside space for the use of employees and other visitors. It is also an educational resource in its own right with numerous horticultural and other special interest groups being welcomed throughout the year by the Garden Fellows Dr Sue Burge, Dr Timothy Cutler, Prof Anthony Dayan, Dr Arjun Devanesan, Prof Graham Foster. Dr Henry Oakeley, Prof John Newton, Dr Noel Snell and Prof Michael de Swiet. The garden is looked after by Head Gardener Jane Knowles and Assistant Gardeners and Plant Records Officers Angela Tunstall and Florence Duncan Antoine. They are supported by several volunteers.
This database is a list of plants currently or previously grown in the garden. For each of these plants it holds images and basic information such as name, geographical distribution and reason for growing here. Some include further details on their uses.
The garden of medicinal plants and the database are intended to offer an overview of the history of medicinal plants and their uses. Many of the plants grown and described here are highly toxic and may cause severe allergic reactions or serious poisoning. The Royal College of Physicians strongly advise against self- diagnosis or treatment and recommends that a medical professional is always consulted.
Find out more
With over a thousand specimens in The Garden of Medicinal Plants’ collection, there is a great deal more information on offer on our database. Please click on the following link to hear the Garden Fellows and gardeners talking about the plants in a podcast: Garden podcasts
Please click on the following link to see videos about some of our plants:
Please note that there are no Garden Events, Tours or Open Days for the present and they will be rescheduled in 2021. Visitors to the Garden should follow government guidelines re numbers and social distancing etc.
Medicinal Garden lecture series 2020
Please click on this link to watch a lecture from the RCP garden
All images © Dr H.F.Oakeley. For reproduction please send an email to Garden@rcplondon.ac.uk
For enquiries about the garden and/or database, please send an email to Garden@rcplondon.ac.uk
How to cite us, The Royal College of Physicians’ Garden of Medicinal Plants at http://garden.rcplondon.ac.uk/