Philly museum plans expansion to their nearly 100-year-old medicinal garden

Shara Dae Howard
August 18, 2018 - 11:55 pm

Shara Dae Howard | KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is looking to make some changes to its 90-year-old medicinal garden, known for being both informative and unusual.

“It's all sensory, the touch of plants and the aroma,” said the director of internal services with the Mutter, Antonia Oberthaler.

She says the museum has a rich history of education and healing.

“Benjamin Rush, back when the college was founded, wanted the fellows to replenish their medical chests with the plants, which are for healing,” she explains.

Oberthaler says the garden hasn’t undergone comprehensive changes since 2013. She explained how, over the next year, the museum has plans to expand the medicinal gardens.

“We're planning on doing a perfume garden, in addition to the medicinals,” she said.

With a dash of the unusually disturbing...

“One area on poisonous plants and one on carnivorous plants,” she said.

On September 8 the museum will be hosting an educational program on the healing properties of plants and herbs in the garden.