Rachel has been working remotely, connecting to The White House’s Beacon Garden* and our communities through sharing regular conversations; documenting foraging, growing and cooking processes; and undertaking research into historical and current records of plants for material, medicinal, herbal and scientific use, especially when tasted through the mouth, or applied to or worn on the skin.
Through foraging, growing for food and health, as well as though remote correspondence, Rachel is exploring the interconnected and seasonal relationship between earth, minerals, and biological life.
In a time when we have become isolated from one another and access to green space has been restricted; our connection to plants, nutrition and medicine as well as the communal acts of producing, sharing, making, touching and eating become more fundamental and have the potential to play an increasing role in helping us understand wider systems affecting our local and global communities.
Join The Garden of The Net-work
Be part of a year of homegrown medicine. Grow with us remotely towards generating a Communal Apothecary Garden at The White House, or remotely. We plan to transplant seeds/plants into the garden(s) together later on in the year.
Through the summer and autumn there will be opportunities to make some medicinal preparations such as decoctions, teas, recipes, remedies, balms, soaps, syrups and pills according to ancient and modern apothecary and pharmacy recipes.
We will then explore ways to come together to enjoy the medicinal plants and remedies we have grown either in person at the house or remotely.
To be part of The Garden of The Net-work please get in touch with Charlie on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you regular mail with medicinal plants to grow at home; each with seeds, instructions, remedy recipes and research on these themes:
Clinical Research – Skincare – Pain Relief – Anti Virals – Breathing Easy
We are looking for your suggestions for medicinal plants to include in our Communal Apothecary and for any natural remedies you’d like to learn how to make and grow for.
*The White House’s Beacon Garden was conceived and developed by They Are Here during a White House residency between 2017-2019. They Are Here were commissioned to transform the former car park behind The White House into a community garden. The site acts as both a garden and artwork.