Exciting changes are underway in the Dr. Ezekiel and Edna Wattis Dumke Medicinal Garden. Nestled in the middle of Red Butte Garden’s three Terrace Gardens, between the Fragrance and Herb Gardens, this space is home to plants known or believed to have medicinal properties. The Medicinal Garden was originally built and planted in 1996 around a planetree (Platanus), under which, according to legend, Hippocrates taught his pupils the art of medicine on the Greek island of Kos.
In order to make this garden area more relevant and interesting, the Red Butte Garden horticulture staff will highlight a different medicinal plant theme every year. This is also in line with the Garden's mission to connect people with plants and the beauty of living landscapes.
As a place to gather plants containing medicinal compounds, to the healing power of simply walking through the woods, forests are a rich source of healing for people around the world. Research has shown the therapeutic effects of forests, and has attracted the attention of researchers in a wide range of fields, including forestry, psychology, health promotion, and medicine. As you walk through the Medicinal Garden, you will see many plants used for medicinal purposes and learn about the global effort to promote healing through plant research. Many of the benefits of walking through the woods also apply to cultivated garden areas. You may already be experiencing the positive effects from your time at Red Butte Garden.