Bristol Chinese Herb Garden Day

The RCHM is delighted to present a day of CPD within our herbal community at the Bristol Chinese Herb Garden.

Date & Time: Saturday 16thOctober, 10am - 5pm

Venue: Linnaeus course room, University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Stoke Park Road, BRISTOL, BS9 1JB

Cost: £70. Any profit will go towards the development of the Garden. The next project is the planting and interpretation of the Camellia and woodland areas. Places are restricted, and available on a first come first serve basis, so book early!

The BCHG day will be a memorable day packed with both instructive and enjoyable activities. We hope that participants will leave with fresh inspiration for their herbal practice, as well as with a feeling of connection and joy from having spent a day around similarly-minded colleagues and beautiful plants.


  • Garden Tour. We will start with a tour of the Chinese Herb Garden so participants can refresh their understanding of how various plants from our Materia Medica grow. Led by the Chinese Herb Garden founder and RCHM council member Tony Harrison, tours of the garden are always greatly enjoyable and generate high enthusiasm from our members.
  • Plant harvesting. This is harvest time in the garden and it allows us a chance to see which plants we can grow and harvest in the UK. Have you ever wondered how Tong Cao grows? The inner pith of Tetrapanax Papyriferi, with its puzzling polystyrene-like appearance, can sometimes raise curious questions as to how it grows and is harvested. This year, participants can see this for themselves as we will be harvesting Tong Cao together during the BCHG day.
  • Ceremony. Official opening of Emma Farrant’s memorial. Last year, the RCHM sponsored a window memorial to commemorate Emma Farrant’s life and her tremendous contributions to Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK. This beautiful wooden window, which links 2 separate aspects of the garden, will be officially opened during this day.
  • Pharmacognosy. Wu Jia Pi, a commonly used herb for Bi syndrome, has recently been scrutinised for possible adulterations. By learning about the pharmacognosy of Wu Jia Pi participants can increase their understanding of this herb and their ability to recognise it. Other herbs which are commonly substituted will also be highlighted.
  • Herb tasting. A day spent with herbs wouldn’t be complete without tasting them! Led by RCHM CEO Conny Cooper, the herb tasting session will assess the Flavour and Nature of several herbs and will link them to the herb functions as we know them from the medical literature. Participants will gain a new perspective of treatment which they can take away into their clinical practice.

The day will be rounded off with several breaks (tea and coffee provided) where participants can socialise and enjoy being part of our herbal community. Please bring your own lunch, which can be had either as a picnic outside, or inside in the teaching room.

Members travelling from far away may wish to extend the day by having dinner together on the Saturday evening and/or meeting up informally on the Sunday morning and enjoying a walk together at Aston Court. Although not part of the BCHG day, Alex Jacobs is coordinating this – if interested, please tick the “informal Saturday/Sunday” box in the jotform below and Alex will be in touch.

Please note: we are hoping that social distancing rules in October will allow for a full day to take place. The RCHM reserves the right to amend/cancel this day if COVID guidelines are too restrictive at the time.

We hope to see you there! To sign up, please use the below form: