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0 Our new 'Herbs for Healing' group begins!

  • by Fern Towers
  • 05-04-2023
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We are delighted to say that we are beginning a new herbal group at Gerddi Bro Ddyfi Gardens, funded by the National Lottery Awards for All. Running fortnightly for 12 months, we will show participants how to start and maintain a herbal garden, how to harvest the plants, and how to make useful remedies and gifts out of them. Seasonal workshops will demonstrate how if we look after the garden, the garden can look after us in return!

We are planning to run our first session next Tuesday 11th April, from 10am-1pm. We know that not everyone can make weekdays, but Tuesday morning did come out as the most popular time on the survey we shared. We will definitely make sure to run some sessions on Saturdays too, so keep an eye on the website for the full schedule to come shortly. 

For our first session, we will be getting grounded in the gardens, meeting the plants and each other. We will begin with a spring tidy-up of the apothecary, weeding and removing the old stems from the year before for a fresh start. Along the way we will cover identification of plants in the spring – knowing what to weed and what to leave; making teas from some of the ‘weeds’; and our workshop leader Etta will introduce one particular plant in detail, giving us the chance to really get to know it!

The apothecary hasn’t had much attention for a year or two, so we did a little inventory of all the plants that might be of interest for this group. We were pleasantly surprised by its abundance! Here is the list of the plants, to give you an idea of some of the species you’ll get to learn about over the course of this project:

  • Sweet cicely
  • Roses
  • Lavender
  • Sweet bay
  • Marjoram
  • Celandine
  • Sage
  • Dandelion
  • Hyssop
  • Nettles
  • Echinacea
  • Nipplewort
  • Rosemary
  • Cleavers
  • Feverfew
  • Herb Robert
  • Meadowsweet
  • Primrose
  • Evening primrose
  • Common dog violet
  • Bronze fennel
  • Sweet violet
  • Lemon balm
  • Mullein
  • Sorrel
  • Valerian
  • Comfrey


Hot drinks and biscuits/fruit will be provided. We have a new shipping container which contains hand washing and first aid equipment, garden tools, and a gazebo should we need the shelter – but do please dress for the unpredictable April weather!

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Fern at


We hope to see you there!

Fern and Etta