Saturday 16th July 2016: Gardening Training at Marlpit Community Garden

MORE FLOWERS – Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Meadowsweet, Mullein, St Johns Wort“, with Alex Hobbs, from 1 pm to 4 pm

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Lavender

After a delicious and filling lunch at the Centre , a few of us were able to totter back to the garden to find out from Alex the tastes and health benefits of many types of flowers and herbs on our site.

Alex

Alex

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St John’s Wort

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Preparing to dry plants – mainly chamomile, jars ready for herb infusions

It was worth the trip as Alex has a fantastic knowledge of all the plants on our site – as well as many more. We found out that we could eat or make a tea out of plants and how that could target various ailments that we all suffer from – colds and coughs, aches and pains. My home now has lavender hanging in the kitchen that I will use (a bit) in the next loaf of bread I make. Alex was kind enough for us to have a couple of Marlpit Garden take-aways: a St John’s Wort skin remedy and a herbal infusion in either oil or vinegar.

Paul Nicholson