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5000 SPECIES Gloucestershire. the use of plants to to follow the season up the
alleviate sickness. When he river collecting honey, wax
The garden keeps about BEEKEEPERS AT THE returned to his own country, and propolis.
5000 different species, GARDEN Sweden, he resumed his
concentrating on medicinal career as a practising WELL WORTH A VISIT
plants and those of The garden has had a physician and later became I thoroughly recommend
ethnobotanical interest as succession of beekeepers. responsible for the that you visit this lovely
well as rare and Until 2007, the post was botanical garden in Uppsala garden if you are in the
endangered species. It also held by Fiona Crumley, now where he conducted his area. There are so many
grows plants named or the head gardener at botanical research and species of plants, some of
introduced by people Chiswick House, and Jill teaching. which I had only read about
associated with the Mizen, also from previously. You can haveOther eminent people who
garden’s history. Seeds Twickenham and Thames lunch in the café and justhave visited the garden in
have been shipped to other Valley Beekeepers’ sit in this haven ofmore recent years are the
countries since the 1700s Association. When they tranquillity in the middle ofwriter Bee Wilson who wrote
allowing plants to be grown wanted to retire they London and go back in time The Hive: The Story of the
which were once indigenous approached the Chairman to a place where the worldHoney Bee and Us, and a
to those areas. of the Association and was not as fast and furious
Peter’s name was put new book about the as it is now.
MILK CHOCOLATE, forward. adulteration of food called
COTTON AND TEA Swindled. She gave one of FURTHERThe garden employs eight the summer talks for the INFORMATION
full-time garden staff butThere are many stories of twenty-fifth anniversary
has over 100 volunteers.the Garden’s worldwide celebrations. More information can be
influence, such as the found in The Apothecaries'TWENTY-FIFTH Dr Jackie Campbell from the
invention of milk chocolate, Garden by Sue Minter,ANNIVERSARY KNH Centre for Biomedical Doctor Carl Linnaeus
the first heated greenhouse Egyptology at the University Physician by NE Landel and
in England, the genetic It is the garden’s twenty-fifth of Manchester has also on the website
improvement of cotton, the anniversary of being open given a talk. She is a www.chelseaphysicgarden.
transplantation of the tea to the public this year and it biologist and historian co.uk
industry from China to India has had some 33,000 working with the Egyptian
and the identification of a visitors. Parties of people More information onMedicinal Plant
plant which is used in the can walk around with a medicine and history isConservation Project in
treatment of children with volunteer guide who will tell available at the ThackraySt Katherine’s, Sinai, which
leukaemia. them the history of the Museum in Leedsis recreating gardens in
gardens. Alternatively you (www.thackraymuseum.org).Sinai, using original herbsThe garden has some
can take a recorded sourced from the Physicwonderful plants. There is We would like to thank the
hand-held guide around Garden. They have Royal Society for their kindthe largest outdoor olive
with you on your own tour discovered that the bees permission to publish Johntree in Britain, fresh with
of this spectacular place were kept safe on barges, Haynes’ map of the Gardensmall olives on it, and a
with its colours, scents and so that every year when the published in 1751 whichpomegranate which
quiet areas. Nile flooded they were able appears on our cover. zproduces tiny fruit. The
collection also includes a There is a shop which sells An information point about Carl Linnaeus
Gingko biloba, a mulberry books on the garden and
bush with red mulberries various types of honey.
and a deadly nightshade DISTINGUISHED
with its black berries. VISITORS
Until 2003, the garden held
the national collection of Dr Carl Linnaeus
Cistus – 190 species and (1707–1778), the scientist
cultivars. Now there is a famous for establishing the
host of orange, lime, lemon nomenclature used by
and grapefruit trees with botanists and zoologists
their fruit growing in the through to the present day,
gardens. However, the visited the Physic Gardens
collection became too big to as well as Amsterdam’s
house on the grounds and Hortum Medicum. He saw
it has now been moved to many medicinal cures and
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