Medicinal plants to be showcased at garden walk

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and the UIC/National Institutes of Health Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research will host an open-to-the-public garden walk and lecture to celebrate the first and only urban medicinal plant garden in Chicago.

Medicinal plant garden

Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden at the UIC College of Pharmacy (Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin)

WHERE:

Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden
833 S. Wood St. (corner of Wood and Polk streets)

WHEN:

Friday, August 3
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DETAILS:

The Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden contains more than 200 species of medicinal plants, including black cohosh, purple coneflower and floxglove, whose chemical compounds are used to treat various conditions around the world. Doel Soejarto, professor emeritus of pharmacognosy at UIC and a renowned plant scientist, helps direct the garden.

Joseph M. Betz, acting director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health, will give a keynote address at noon in room B36 of the College of Pharmacy (833 S. Wood St.). Betz will discuss the complexity of medicinal plant products. Expert guided tours are available from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

More information is available online or e-mail belkin3@uic.edu.