Grey Abbey Physic Garden

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Greyabbey, Down,
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In medieval Ireland, abbeys had their own gardens such as orchards, kitchen gardens and ...

In medieval Ireland, abbeys had their own gardens such as orchards, kitchen gardens and sometimes a physic garden. Filled with plants which were useful in one way or another in the treatment of illness, the physic garden was a valuable asset to a monastery infirmary.

As no visual records of these gardens remain, the new physic garden at the 12th century Cistercian monastery of Grey Abbey is a notional reconstruction based on much general research on gardens of its period.

Small beds, enabling the precious medicinal plants to be cultivated and cropped from all sides, are assembled into a simple but elegant design. An instructive Department of the Environment leaflet helps the visitor identify each plant and describes its medicinal use.