Urban Physic Garden is an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates public gardens of living medicine.
In the Summer of 2011, we produced the first iteration of the Urban Physic Garden (UPG) - transforming a derelict site in London into a pop-up garden of medicinal plants, with the help of nearly 200 volunteers, who learned skills in carpentry and gardening. Combining design, medicine, art and sustainable innovation, the project brought together major cultural and institutional partners, including Kings College and Tate Modern, as well as local community partners and award-winning artist collaborations.
Lasting for one harvest season, UPG became the subject of international press and was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Forgotten Spaces award. Icon Magazine included the UPG in their Highlights of 2011, and Monocle Magazine featured the garden in their review of the Best Urban Farm Projects.
UPG toured Southeast Asia and Europe with the British Council, and continues to be exhibited internationally. In 2016, the project was awarded the prestigious Landscape Institute Prize.
We are currently developing strategic partnerships, alongside seeking sites and funding, in three major cities: London, Los Angeles and Chicago. These discussions are in-respect of pop-up gardens, exhibitions and long term / permanent spaces.
On an on-going basis, we are further seeking partnerships with cultural institutions, as well as hospitals and universities, and community partnerships. Finding suitable land is the primary challenge, of course, so if you know of any potential under-utilised spaces (particularly in these cities) then we encourage you to get in touch!
Whether you are interested in discussing partnership opportunities, collaborations, artistic commissions, volunteering or donations, we would love to hear from you.