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The Medicinal Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Plants, health, and medicine share a long history together. The unique role of plants in health and wellness encompasses both the foods we eat and many of the medicines we take. Today nearly 40% of pharmaceuticals in the United States used to treat human disease are derived from plants or were originally derived from plants, according to the University of Michigan’s Dr. Sara Warber in the Department of Integrative Medicine. Read more about our University of Michigan connections.

The earliest botanical garden at the University of Michigan was a medicinal garden. The medicinal garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens celebrates this history and the connection between plants and human wellness.

Click to watch a video about the Medicinal Garden

The Medicinal Garden:

  • Helps us discover and appreciate the important historic role of botanical gardens as sites of medicinal gardens, and the role nature and plants play in healing and wellness.
  • Provides an educational experience where visitors and the university community can immerse themselves in an environment of healing.
  • Offers a location for the campus and local communities to learn more about the role of nature in healing and wellness.
  • Enhances the partnership between the Botanical Gardens and the University of Michigan Medical School and College of Pharmacy.

Click on any of the menu items [“About,” “Understanding”, “Our Garden”] at the top of the page to learn more about the Medicinal Garden.

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