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Medicinal and Edible Plants Walk - Saturday 21st July 2012
Updated: 25th July 2012
The audience at the Medicinal and Edible Plants walk and talk in St.James' Park were amazed by the depth of knowledge of Celia Cox, MSc(Botany) BVetMed.Cert VR, who shared medicinal and edible plant use facts and folklore from Greek Mythology through to Tudor salads and current day uses.
Our wildflower area on the Winchester Road bank of the Park, planted through a BBC Breathing Places grant in 2008 and renovated in Spring 2012 by the FoSJP Gardening Team, provides fabulous examples of wildflowers that were available to locals of old. Celia showed us which plants were used for medicine and which for food.
Photographs of the walk and talk are shown below, followed by a short guide sharing just some of what we learned.
|See our Wildflower Guide page to learn more about the wildflowers in St.James' Park and how they're growing.|
A Short Guide to some Medicinal and Edible Plants
Updated: 26th July 2012
Here are just a few selections of plant lore that Celia shared with us.
Wild Carrot - also known as Queen Anne's Lace
Wild Carrot is identified by its white lace‑like flowers,
which on some have a pink spot.
The stinging parts of nettles are on the stems and veins on the back of the leaves.
|Click here for Mary South's article about Nettles
Reproduced by kind permission of Mary South; first published in the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery May 2008 newsletter.
Lime - also known as Linden
The wood of the lime tree is popular for wood carving.
Find out more about Celia's work on her website www.wildplantdiscovery.co.uk
|Be warned - Celia's talk came with a health warning, and neither she nor FoSJP can accept any liability for people trying plants. If you are not experienced, do not try this at home!|