For the prim and proper gardener, the common weed is an unsightly thing. At Phytology — a medicine garden sown with more than 32 varieties of indigenous plants common to the streets of London — the philosophy is: the wilder, the better. Based within Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Phytology brings together artists and botanists to explore medicinal properties of plants including yarrow, white dead-nettle, mallow, ribwort plantain and red clover. Visitors can explore the wildlife, including the resident newts, toads, insects and bats. This year the team are developing a plant-based toothpaste and opening a bat sanctuary. Adopt a Plant allows you to cultivate your own baby weed at home.


An artist-led medicine garden in Bethnal Green.
Live in harmony with your weeds.
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton St, Bethnal Green, E2 9RR, London
Until 2 Sept. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission is free.


By Zara Miller

Zara is a freelance writer who loves travelling and all kinds of storytelling. Follow her on Twitter.