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Welcome to the Herb Garden and discover a diverse array of plants, each with its unique purpose. For thousands of years, herbs have been valued for their medicinal benefits and culinary delights, leaving their mark on human history and culture.
The Herb Garden's layout honours the longstanding tradition of botanic gardens. Throughout history, dedicated spaces were created for cultivating herbs, driven by the desire for their properties. This garden, established in 1974 with the generous support of the Wellington Herb Society, continues this tradition, offering a sanctuary for herb enthusiasts and inquisitive visitors alike.
As you wander the garden's paths, take a moment to reflect on the significance of these plants. They not only provide healing and culinary pleasures but also offer insights into the bond between humans and nature. Think about the vital role herbs have played in shaping our past, and ponder the importance of preserving them for a vibrant and sustainable future.
Discover plants embedded in the culinary traditions of countries worldwide and boasting a rich cultural heritage. Consider thyme, a Mediterranean staple with roots dating back to ancient times in Rome and Egypt. Explore this collection and find your personal favourite, with their flavours and cultural associations they can stir cherished memories and inspire culinary creations. Do you have a recipe that uses herbs?
Uncover the practicality of these plants, historically and commonly used for laundry, beauty, and cleaning. Soapwort earned the nickname "nature's very own cleaning herb" due to its ability to create a soap-like foam, making it a popular choice before the widespread use of soap. When washing your hair, check the ingredients for familiar herbs, revealing their role in your daily routines.
Experience the incredible well-being benefits of these plants. Their diverse aromas can evoke a sense of peace or provide an invigorating energy boost. Lavender and chamomile, renowned for their relaxing and sleep-inducing properties have been used for centuries and are still used today. Take a moment to breathe in the collection. Which scent resonates with you and how does it contribute to your well-being?
You will discover plants in this collection that have a long history of healing throughout different cultures. Plants have found their way into medicinal practices both prescription drugs and herbal remedies. Step back in time to ancient Greece, where hyssop was prized for its effectiveness in soothing throat and chest inflammation. Can you identify any plants that you use at home to heal?
Journey into the realm of rongoā, traditional Māori medicine. Passed down through generations, this ancient wisdom encompasses the use of rongoā rākau/plant use, mirimiri/massage, and karakia/spiritual healing. Kawakawa, with its versatile properties is used as a tonic to treat stomach problems and as a compress for wounds. Have you ever experienced the soothing benefits of kawakawa tea?
The plant list for this section will be available soon.