New – Herb Walks

An opportunity to see medicinal plants that grow and live in London and discover how they can be used to help our health and well-being. On our first walk we will meet at the Chelsea Physic Garden, the oldest botanical garden in London, where we will see some of the plants that provide us with food, including some of those now referred to as 'superfoods'.
On our second walk we will meet at Kensington Palace Gardens. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and practical walking shoes. (Entrance fees are included in the course fees)

Who is this course for

This is open to anyone with an interest in Herbal Medicine. Whether you have attended any of the Herbalism courses at the Mary Ward Centre or not. It is an opportunity to meet and identify some of the plants used today in Herbal Medicine.

What does this course cover

We will vist two Herb Gardens, the first meeting is at the Chelsea Physic Garden, the oldest botanical garden in London.The price includes entry to the Chelsea Physic Garden which is open until 6pm on Sundays so you are welcome to take advantage of your ticket and stay after the meeting to enjoy the garden and facilities. The second walk is at Kensington Gardens.
During our visits, we will look at identification of plants used today in Western Herbal Medicine, discuss some of their properties and how they can be used safely. Paying particular attention to plants that provide us with food including those now classified as 'superfoods' such as Quinoa.
By the end of the course, students will be able to describe how to make a herbal infusion, naming the parts of the plant used. Describe how to make a decoction and identify 3 medicinal plants and one associated action for each.

What will it be like

The teaching and learning methods- wordstoms, tutor talks with presentations, question and answers, individual work, pair work and group work. Students progress will be assessed on the course with informal tutor feedback, questions and answers, observation, demonstration and individual feedback.

What else do you need to buy or do

You may want to bring a pocket note book, colouring pencils and sellotape for small clippings. The walk will leave on time, please arrive at 11.30 or you risk the group leaving without you.
MEETING POINT for Chelsea Physic Garden: ENTRANCE
Please wear weather appropriate clothing.
For Kensington Gardens, you may want to pack some lunch or a snack.

What this course could lead to

Students can progress onto further courses in Complementary Health at the Mary Ward Centre such as Beginners Herbalism or Body Systems and Herbs. Also available are courses in Diet and Nutrition, Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic Medicine.

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Got a Question about this Course?

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’