Pharmacy garden in the Pharmacy Museum
Explore nature through herbs 01.09.2021 - 31.10.2021
The building of the Pharmacy Museum with its Rococo-style portal and door complex is an architectural monument that dates back to the 18th century, with its characteristic quadrangular structure and courtyard. Now, the newly established pharmacy garden has made its home in the museum’s yard.
The first organized plant growing sites in the ancient times were monastery gardens, where mainly sacred plants such as parsley, sage, valerian, and mint were grown. Pharmacy gardens were used to obtain medicinal plants, and their assignment was to provide pharmacies with local herbs.
The pharmacy garden of the Pharmacy Museum is a modern interpretation of the ancient gardens and is adapted for the convenience of visitors. You can see both local and foreign legendary plants, as well as some poisonous plants. Here you can get intimately get to know around 100 medicinal plants, including nine woody plants – acanthopanax, smooth currant, plum chokeberry, common dogwood, three-leafed pine, common mountain ash, common partridge, common barberry, and common juniper.
The aim of the garden is not to reflect the ancient principles of creating pharmacy gardens or to create something authentic, but to provide aesthetic enjoyment and insight into the diversity of plants used in pharmacy and folk medicine. The garden offers a harmonious space for exploring medicinal plants, giving them meaning in the context of a modern person’s daily life.
Individual on-site view of the pharmacy garden is possible by purchasing a museum visit ticket. Groups of students are invited to find out about it within the framework of the museum’s herbal pedagogical program “Games in the Enchanted Garden”.
The project was created with the support of the State Cultural Capital Fund.