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The Living Garden, hosted by the Garden for Life Forum promotes wildlife friendly gardening. Schools were invited to design a small garden including celebrating the 2017 year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Nature’s Hospital is the theme here, featuring plants people used in the past for first aid and highlighting the medicinal properties of plants.

Plant prescriptions

Healing tinctures

Reference books

Dr Healing's bag

Every garden tells a story about the people who helped make it, the challenges faced, solutions found, lessons learned and the unexpected pleasures along the way. Here is Focus School Caledonia Campus’ Pocket Garden Story in their own words:

Our medical garden began with the useful doc leaves growing in our local woodland which come in handy if we brush against stingy nettles. After some research, we found many plants have medicinal properties.

We got the idea of using poppies as the red cross for our pocket garden. (They are taking ages to grow though, so we have a back-up plan if they don’t flower in time!)

We have had lots of help from our janitor and grandparents even our teacher’s dad helped by making our frame.

We have painted, hammered, researched and worked together but most importantly we have cared for our medicinal plants in the hope they inspire you to appreciate that flowers are not just pretty but heal too.

Painting the base

Watching seeds grow

Learning about plants

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