Urban Physic Garden

We came across a wonderful little garden over the weekend. Nestled alongside the railway on a disused site in Union Street, Southwark is the Urban Physic Garden

Organised and set up by a collective of designers, growers and volunteers, this very un-prepossessing site has been transformed into a city garden rich with a much needed splash of colour and life in this rather overlooked and forgotten corner of London.

As a Physic Garden, it contains plants and herbs that all have a medicinal use and the garden itself has been divided up into four wards: Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology and Psychiatry with each ward having a variety of displays, planting and other things that encourage visitors to interact and find out more.

There are poisonous plants, edible plants, a wormery, complicated see saws, an adopt a wayward plant scheme, a green cross made of moss, an old ambulance acting as a cafe and my personal favourite, a ping pong table fitted perfectly into a skip…

It’s only open for a limited time over the summer (June 11 – August 15, Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm) but if you’re in the area, I would say it’s definitely worth a visit…

I think the illustration used on all the PR stuff is rather fine too. Produced by Alison Moffett, it’s in a faux naive style that works well with the home-made, DIY ethic of the project.

Very nice……

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