Bristol Chinese Herb Garden Day

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The RCHM is delighted to present a day of CPD within our herbal community at the Bristol Chinese Herb Garden. May is a very special time there with the flowering of the peony garden, which features a selected range of cultivars from all over China and worldwide illustrating the evolution of mu dan and bai shao cultivars.

Date & Time: Sunday 7th May, 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 repairing the beautiful Moongate at the entrance to the Garden, followed by 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.
  • Bristol Fungarium Presentation. The Garden Tour will be following by a visual and fascinating presentation on growing Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps) and Ling Zhi (Ganoderma), held by Tony Baxter from the Bristol Fungarium.
  • Ceremony: Official opening of Emma Farrant’s memorial, led by RCHM President Alex Jacobs. 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.
  • Plant harvesting. Have you ever wondered how Tong Cao grows? The inner pith of Tetrapanax Papyriferi, with its puzzling polystyrene-like appearance, can sometimes raise questions as to how it grows and is harvested. Tony Harrison will share with us his in-depth knowledge of how to cultivate and harvest Chinese herbs from our own back garden, culminating in a demonstration of Tong Cao pith harvesting.
  • Research. Tony Booker, PhD, will be speaking about the past and present Chinese medicine research at the Westminster University. This includes their excellent work on the identification of Wu Jia Pi and adulterants, giving participants valuable information on how to identify this Chinese Herb.

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. There is also a cafe where a simple lunch can be purchased.