About the Gardens

The purpose of Urban Herbs is to create gardens in strips of neglected land on campus to demonstrate urban gardening, xericulture (water-thrifty gardening) and permaculture techniques. 
  • The gardens combine Western and Asian  medicinal plants (including echinacea, aconite, black cohosh, and malaria-fighting qinghaosu)   culinary herbs, prairie wildflowers (including Gaura, Rudbeckia, Gaillardia, and Baptisia), fruits and unusual ornamentals. 
  • Nectary plants, including a dozen varieties of Salvia and many mints, attract a variety of butterflies, bees and other pollinators; hummingbirds are regular visitors. 
  • The gardens are used in several Georgetown courses, including Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman's course in Medicinal Plants and Pharmacognosy PHAR-604-01 and Dr. Edd Barrows Forest Ecology course (BIOL-355). 
  • Student volunteers care for the garden and create the plant monographs. Gardening internships are available.
  • To learn more about our M.S. program in Pharmacology with a concentration in Natural Products, please see Department of Pharmacology & Physiology.

History of the Gardens 
Past to Present 


              July 2015            






Locations and descriptions have been provided, for those who want to do a self-guided tour, but be forewarned; wild plants documented in one location may well show up elsewhere! This is by no means a complete list, but it should be enough to inform a stroll around the ecologic gardens of Georgetown's urban campus. Urban Herbs is a project of the Pharmacology and Physiology Department of Georgetown University Medical Center.

Podium Garden

Desert Garden