RCP Garden podcast

Royal College of Physicians

Situated in the grounds of the Royal College of Physicians' headquarters near Regent's Park, London, the medicinal garden was extensively replanted in 2005 and features over 1,300 species of plant. The RCP garden of medicinal plants is unique in that almost every one has a link to medicine. Podcasts inspired by the RCP medicinal garden tell the stories behind the plants it contains and explore their connections with medicine. Presented by Professor Anthony Dayan, RCP garden fellow.

All Episodes

The Silver Birch combines beauty and old and new medicinal uses with a history of magic and large scale industrial uses.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

May 14

10 min 2 sec

A pretty plant that was very important in the discovery and naming of that most popular medicine aspirin. Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Apr 13

7 min 9 sec

This beautiful flower carries the weight of many traditions. It is also under threat because of changes in farming practices.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Mar 8

7 min 15 sec

This popular aromatic and soothing oil came originally from a Canadian plant that has now been widely naturalised in many countries. The active principle is the same as that in aspirin. Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Feb 12

7 min 27 sec

The Autumn Crocus is known for its beautiful flowers and as the source of colchicine, the oldest drug to treat gout, but be aware it is also poisonous if eaten.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Jan 19

16 min 32 sec

A much loved plant with a long classical history that has recently provided a medicine based on a Bulgarian peasant tradition.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Dec 2020

9 min 54 sec

The Gentian is attractive to many because it has beautiful yellow flowers but is also an old herbal medicine and it is attractive as an appetite stimulant for us and as a food source for certain butterflies and other insects. Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Nov 2020

7 min 27 sec

The Thorn Apple, or Jimson’s Weed, Datura stramonium has at least 7 other names in English. Like many other members of the Solanaceae family it contains powerful chemicals that can disturb the mind and change the activity of many systems in the body. Historically there are many instances in which its actions were exploited for medical and even political purposes but it is now considered too dangerous and has been replaced by safer drugs. It was even something witches took before flying.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Oct 2020

10 min 42 sec

Once regarded as a ‘heal all’ herb useful in treating everything from sleeplessness to musket wounds this attractive plant is still used as a yellow dye and food flavouring and is accepted in the EU as a treatment for sore throats, digestive problems and by some for wounds.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Aug 2020

7 min 5 sec

Studying the history of how we use horseradish is difficult because it has often been confused with the radish and types of mustard. Many like its pepperiness with meat and fish, a taste imported from Central and Eastern Europe but known and enjoyed, even mixed with wine, in classical Greek and Roman times. It has become an important symbol in at least one major religion. It is not a registered herbal medicine but many claims have been made about its therapeutic uses. Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Jul 2020

10 min 6 sec

In this podcast Jane Knowles, RCP Head Gardener, describes how she looked after this unique garden on her own for several months during the lockdown in London.Temperatures reached record highs and the sun shone relentlessly and this remarkable weather was glorious for some but not always easy for the gardener. She describes the birds and insects that were active in the garden in April – June 2020, some of which can be heard in the background as her talk was recorded in the garden.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Jun 2020

7 min 20 sec

The RCP Garden Podcast latest track on witch hazel.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Jan 2020

7 min 55 sec

The latest episode of the RCP Medicine podcast describes the daffodil.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Nov 2019

9 min 1 sec

Poppies part 2: Science, opium and other poppiesSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Oct 2019

8 min 42 sec

Poppies Part 1: The Opium Poppy and Its Products by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Oct 2019

14 min 2 sec

RCP Garden podcast talks about Aquilegia: Beauty and Toxicity.Support the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Oct 2019

4 min 59 sec

Marigold – Colour and Confusion by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Sep 2019

8 min 6 sec

Paeony; beauty and history by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Aug 2019

9 min 1 sec

Bugloss or Alkanet by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Jul 2019

7 min 49 sec

Chamomile by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Jul 2019

9 min 4 sec

The Common box by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Jun 2019

9 min 3 sec

Butterbur: a plant with a tangled history by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

May 2019

8 min 15 sec

Scurvy grass: an old cure for a dread disease by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

May 2019

9 min 43 sec

The carrot: a familiar vegetable by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Apr 2019

11 min 37 sec

Flax or linseed: a plant with many different uses by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Apr 2019

6 min 30 sec

Greater plantain: herbal medicine, a food and now a weed by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Mar 2019

10 min 15 sec

Parsley: eating and healing by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Mar 2019

10 min 41 sec

Physalis: the bladder cherry by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Feb 2019

8 min 57 sec

Fennel: a food, a herbal medicine and a scientific quandary by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Feb 2019

7 min 49 sec

Looking back at 2018 and forward into 2019 by Professor Anthony DayanSupport the show (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join)

Feb 2019

9 min 33 sec