Medicinal Garden

The Phytology medicinal garden was established at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve in 2014. This urban physic garden provides free food and medicine for local and surrounding communities.

Generally regarded as weeds, the plants in the garden have been selected for their historic and ongoing use in phytotherapy*, traditional and conventional medicine. The garden has been sown with over thirty varieties of plants common to the streets of London and urban ecosystems across the country.

Plants include: Yarrow, White Dead-Nettle, Common Mallow, Marshmallow, Ribwort Plantain, Broadleaf Plantain, Dandelion, Red Clover, Feverfew, Chamomile, Cowslip, Elecampane, Mugwort, St John’s Wort, Cleavers, Comfrey and Common Nettle etc.

Visitors are invited to harvest from the garden with the support of the Phytology team. The meadow grows in pollution-free soil to ensure our plants are safe from contamination and suitable for daily use.

Phytology is an artist & community-led project exploring the value of complex ecosystems within the urban landscape.

* Phytotherapy is the study of the use of extracts of natural origin as medicines or health-promoting agents.


Opening Times

Due to COVID-19 our 2020 programme is suspended until further notice. Please check this website or our social media platforms for updates.

You can also contact the Phytology team directly by emailing –

Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, Bethnal Green, E2 London


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Phytology is a Nomad Projects commission – supported by the Wellcome Trust, Biffa Award and Arts Council England