Medicine Shield Garden
The Medicine Shield Garden is a beautiful plant medicine teaching garden at the National Museum in Nairobi. In 2006, TICAH worked with Deborah Coulson of Sanctuaries, William Wambugu of the Botanical Gardens, and Kitengela Glass to create the Medicine Shield Garden. TICAH maintains and staffs the garden.
Today, there are over 80 different species of indigenous healing plants in the garden and many trees of medicinal and/or cultural value in the surrounding areas. Designed as a teaching and demonstration garden for visitors and for TICAH partner groups, the Medicine Shield Garden has become an integral part of the Museum. The plants are grouped by family in a beautiful mosaic structure that allows visitors to walk through at their leisure or take advantage of TICAH’s herbalist educator George Chemaket who conducts regular plant talks and teachings there.
Popular with school groups and teachers, botanists and community groups, the Medicine Shield Garden ensures that our National Museum inspires us to remember the rich plant wisdom of Kenya’s many communities, still so useful to us today.