Grey Abbey Physic Garden
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Church Street, Greyabbey, County Down,
Mr Michael Morgan
T: (028) 9181 1491
In medieval Ireland, abbeys had their own gardens, orchards, kitchen gardens and medicinal plants.
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.