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Open Cambridge Event

Event Location

Madingley Hall

Event Summary

Join us to explore Madingley Hall’s beautiful eight-acre gardens. Discover cures, curiosities, tastes and essences, and learn fascinating facts about herbs and medicinal plants with professional herbalists and the garden team at the Hall’s Medicinal Garden.

Did you know the first herbal written in English was written and published by a Cambridge graduate? And that one of the celebrity Apothecaries of the 17th century eloped from his studies at Queens College, without graduating, to set up his herbal business? Come and see the plant the Zulus used to relieve toothache or the plant monks were historically reputed to chew on to maintain their celibacy! The herbalists will offer insight into the plants medicinal properties, including their historical and modern uses, and you will have the opportunity to make a herbal preparation for your own use. The garden team will discuss the plants and how to grow them. Amazing facts, essences, aromas, stories and tastes will be conveyed for all the family.

Other plants, many of which have varied historical uses including medicinal, edible and craft uses, can be found throughout the 8 acre garden which is open for visitors to explore.