Landscape November 2011

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Text and photos by Fiona Law,

The people behind last year’s Union Street Urban Orchard return to the site to create a garden full of medicinal plants and herbs that heal, grouped by a ‘hospital department’.

Urban Physic Garden pop’s up on London’s Southbank By Fiona Law


ondon’s latest landscaping trend is pop-up gardens but this time with a twist. The Urban Physic Garden is a place where plants with medicinal properties are allowed to grow, in this case in a derelict patch of land in the lee of a commuter train line out of London Bridge station. The garden was designed and produced by Wayward Plants, a collection of designers, artists and urban growers under the creative direction of landscape architect Heather Ring. Ripe for redevelopment, the site is a short walk from the Tate Modern Gallery and the Shakespeare Globe

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