Nestled in the middle of Red Butte Garden’s three Terrace Gardens, between the Fragrance and Herb Gardens, this space is home to plants known or believed to have medicinal properties. The Medicinal Garden was originally built and planted in 1996 around a planetree (Platanus), under which, according to legend, Hippocrates taught his pupils the art of medicine on the Greek island of Kos.
In order to make this garden area more relevant and interesting, the Red Butte Garden horticulture staff will highlight a different medicinal plant theme every year. This is also in line with the Garden's mission to connect people with plants and the beauty of living landscapes.
“Nature itself is the best physician” - Hippocrates