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08/22/2020 Special > Special Important News


What Grows in the ERICA Herb Gardens?

150 species grow on 6,000 square meters


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There are gardens on the ERICA Campus which give knowledge and comfort to their visitors; they are the Herb Gardens. The first herb garden is located on a hill behind the amphitheater, and the second garden is on the rooftop of the College of Pharmacy. Throughout their total floor space of approximately 6,000 square meters, 150 species of medicinal herbs thrive each season. News H followed Professor Kim Chul-young (Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy) on a tour around the herb gardens. 
Professor Kim Chul-young (Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy) manages the paperwork and the academic administration of the ERICA Campus herb gardens.
The herb gardens were created in 2013 as a field education space for students in the College of Pharmacy practicing herbal medicine. Kim often visits the gardens during his Pharmacognosy class to show students what each medicinal plant looks like and how they are used. "In April, the class can observe various leafy plants. In June, flowering plants appear. There is no field education in the second semester, since most plants die around autumn." Each species has signposts explaining the characteristics of the plant and how it is used, so that students can visit for self-study.

Each section of the gardens provides a suitable environment for different types of plants, including shade, shade wetland, and sun plants. Some of the representative plants are the Siberian chrysanthemum, Montane aster, and Saururus chinensis, which are the most numerous in number. Although not particularly grand in size, the plants are the key ingredients in numerous medicines for women's disease, antidotes, and diuretic drugs. 
Many people come to the herb gardens for study and comfort.

These important medicinal research bases are also soothing resting places for local residents. The students and staff of Hanyang often visit the herb gardens to enjoy the fresh air. “These places must be attractive to animals as well," smiled Kim. "We often see animals like water deer wandering behind the bushes.” Kim said it is hard to maintain the perfect environment since the garden is artificially made and managing the weeds is troublesome, but he tries his best to improve the landscape gardening. "There aren't beautiful flowers because these are mostly medicinal plants, but I am proud that it provides a helpful educational space and a peaceful resting place for whoever visits.” said Kim.
Kim said managing the garden is hard, but he is proud to provide a helpful place to visitors.

Hwang Hee-won
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