Medical garden

Native Medicinal Garden

Natural Medicinal Healing And Research


The term “Pharmacognosy” was first coined by C.A. Seydler in 1815. The term refers to the science or knowledge of drugs or medicines derived from natural sources. The collection of plants for medicinal uses dates back to the ancient Sumerians in 2500 B.C. It is well known that Native Americans provided the only medical remedies for the treatment of various diseases obtained by the early settlers when they came to this country. 


To promote an understanding of the medicinal uses of native New England plants as it relates to the profession of pharmacy. This medicinal garden will help bridge the past with the future for our pharmacy learners.


This program was founded and is led by Clinical Professor Anthony E. Zimmermann, Department of Pharmacy Practice and other members of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It was started on August 17, 2011 and is an ongoing project. Students, faculty, and staff will care for the garden and gain invaluable insight into the growth, development, and potential uses of these medicinal plants. The medicinal plants are currently being used for research purposes, classroom instruction, and hands-on summer camp. To obtain more information on each medicinal plant, a QR code is embedded on the sign.


The Native Medicinal Garden is administered by the Department of Pharmacy Practice. It includes over 20 different medicinal plants identified by metal placards, 12 of which are native. The majority are perennial plants. 

The Garden is located between Emerson Hall and the Center for Sciences and Pharmacy Building. We invite everyone to come by and enjoy the garden.

WNE Garden Catalog

WNE Garden Catalog

Click here to view the current list of medicinal plants found in the WNE Native Medicinal Garden.

WNE Garden Catalog

Map of Medicinal Gardens Worldwide

Map of Medicinal Gardens Worldwide

Click here to view an interactive map showing medicinal gardens across the world.

Regional Pharmacy Medicinal Gardens

Regional Pharmacy Medicinal Gardens

Click here to view pharmacy medicinal gardens located across our region.

Regional Gardens