The Medicinal Collection

The South West corner of the Botanic Garden is home to a modern medicinal plant collection. Here you will find 8 beds each growing plants with a connection to a medicine used to treat a particular type of disease or illness. There are beds for

Bed Label - Dermatology, skin complaints

  • Cardiology (heart complaints)
  • Oncology (cancer and cell-proliferation)
  • Infectious Diseases (viral and parasitic)
  • Gastreoenterology (alimentary tract and metabolism)
  • Dermatology (skin complaints)
  • Haematology (blood typing and disorders)
  • Neurology (nervous system and anaesthesia)
  • Pulmonology (lungs and airways)


The plants growing in these beds contain many different natural products and fall into at least one of the following three categories:

  • Directly suitable for use as a drug
  • Synthetic modification provides a clinically suitable drug
  • Starting point for a drug discovery programme


If you would like to read more about these plants you might like to purchase the book written to accompany this plant collection.