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About this event

Join Roy Vickery for a story-filled tour of the Horniman’s Food Gardens.  Hear how our ancestors used their vegetable patches and common weeds to treat illnesses, from cabbage for curing hangovers and groundsel to treat constipation.

Roy Vickery worked as a botanist at the Natural History Museum from 1965 to 2007, is chairman of the South London Botanical Institute and a vice-president of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. He is an avid collector of, and writer on, plant folklore, and since the early 1980s has accumulated an archive of over 6500 entries.

This is the first in a series of talks from our Collections People Stories project, exploring the different ways people and their things have sought to make themselves and their loved ones feel better in times of ill health or unhappiness.

Booking information

Tickets cost £3, and can be booked using the form below. Tour starts in the Gardens Pavilion.


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