Carmarthenshire is famous for the 12th century herbalists the Physicians of Myddfai. This is the Apothecaries garden created at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire, growing the plants they used for their Welsh herbal treatments, as well as those used in other parts of the world.
There is also a restored apothecary interior, which includes authentic displays of items such as suppositories and dental instruments.
This month sees the exhibition Materia Medica by the 2nd year Fine Art BA students from Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthen put on as part of the Medicines in May event at the Botanic Garden. Plants collected from the garden labelled with their uses inspired drawing workshops for visitors. Installations within the displays included decorated vessels such as medical cups and bowls, botanical drawings and descriptive pieces as well as embroideries and artists books.
At Chelsea Flower Show this year the National Botanic Garden of Wales has its first garden, Get Well Soon, winner of a silver medal, inspired by Welsh herbalism and healing, designed by Maggie Hughes and Kati Crome, the gold medal winning team who did a garden based on Laugharne and Dylan Thomas a few years ago. It includes a pebble path designed for use as a reflexology walk, as well as plants including the bronze fennel shown above in the National Botanic Garden.
- Physicians of Myddfai inspire debut artisan garden at Chelsea Flower Show (walesonline.co.uk)
- Presenting ‘Materia Medica’ (dnmcculley.wordpress.com)