Urban Physic Garden is an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates public gardens of living medicine.
The Urban Physic Garden (UPG) is an urban garden of living medicine shaped by the hospital and pharmacy, with a focus on medicinal plants and herbs that heal. Extending beyond herbal remedies, the garden demonstrates the potential of Food as Medicine, tackling urban nutrition, obesity, healthy cooking, food growing and education.
A physic garden is a place where plants with medicinal properties are grown. For thousands of years, people have been using plants to cure all kinds of ills. Hospitals and universities would create gardens of medicinal plants for both treating patients, and to serve as an educational experience for students to learn about plants and their uses in healing the sick.
UPG is a unique design-medicine initiative that brings together designers, artists and urban growers with integrative medicine practitioners, nutritionists and medical herbalists.