idle women’s physic garden is a seven year project that began in 2018 when we purchased canal side land with the help of hundreds of donations.
The garden is dedicated to medicinal herbs that women have used for centuries, from menstruation to pregnancy and childbirth, and beyond to menopause and old age.
From 2019-2020 The garden will be planned, designed and developed with and by local women in collaboration with female experts in herbalism, garden design, women’s health and horticulture.
Throughout this process women will be able to learn practical skills including architectural landscaping, building (for an outdoor classroom and compost toilet) and gardening, as well as participate in seasonal workshops on natural health using herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes.
The garden we create will be a peaceful retreat dedicated to all women.
Herb illustration by Candice Purwin
Watch our Crowd Funding film (campaign now closed after successfully raising our target)
film by Rachel Brewster-Wright - Little Vintage Photography
A physic garden is a garden dedicated to 'the art of healing'
idle women's physic garden will support women to nurture a connection to plants whilst growing a personal understanding of their own health and wellbeing and enabling a greater sense of confidence, independence and health.
The archaic word 'physic' means 'art of healing', a skill more holistic than simply 'medical'.
Historically, almost all medicines came from plants, and physicians and apothecaries were familiar with identification, cultivation and harvesting. Becoming skilled as naturalists and gardeners, botany was part of medicine and plants were understood as being beneficial to human health.