FREE Guided Walking Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden
The Indiana Medical History Museum is excited to offer guided tours of our Medicinal Plant Garden each Saturday morning at 11am from June through September. Tours will include information about the plants in the garden and their traditional uses as home remedies. Tours will be led by volunteers from Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County, who lovingly maintain our beautiful garden. Garden tours are free, but do not include a tour of the building.
The Medicinal Plant Garden at the IMHM
The Medicinal Plant Garden at the IMHM was created and is maintained by Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County. The garden features over 90 different medicinal plants, including trees, shrubs, and vines as well as annuals and herbaceous species. Nearly half of the specimens are Native American medicinal plants, while others originated in Europe, Asia, and Africa. So that a visit to the garden can be an educational as well as aesthetic experience, each plant is accompanied by signage stating its origin, what parts had medicinal uses, and what some of those uses were. Common and scientific names are given. More extensive information about the plants and about herbal medicinal preparation in general is available in an illustrated Guide to the Medicinal Plant Garden.(Download as pdf-1.35MB)
The garden is for the purpose of demonstration - not prescription. Visitors should gain a greater appreciation for the historic sources of medicinal remedies and enjoy the fascinating stories that the plants have to tell. Neither the Master Gardeners nor the IMHM intend to encourage the used of any herbal treatment. "Natural" does not mean "Safe." Many medicinal plants have toxic, sometimes dangerous effects. Visitors should consult with their health care professional concerning anything they learn in the garden.