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.