Medicinal Plant Garden

Southern Cross University Medicinal Plant Garden

The Medicinal Plant Garden at Southern Cross University is many things:

  • a botanic garden integrated with the campus landscape
  • an essential "living laboratory" for teaching natural medicine
  • a community resource providing access for the disabled
  • a university showpiece
  • a conservation resource
  • a research resource

Also, the garden is more than just the plantings. It consists of the:

  • Circular Garden
  • Ethnobotany Garden
  • Essential Oil Garden
  • Medicinal Plant Herbarium
  • Australian Native Food & Medicine Garden

The development of the garden required an extensive consultation process including dialogue with academics, technical staff, disability consultants, horticulturalists, indigenous peoples, artists and historians.

The setting next to the lake was chosen for practical and aesthetic reasons. The School of Health and Human Sciences is located in Z Block, next to the lake and garden, allowing ready access for teaching.

Visiting the Garden

Medicinal plant garden signage

Southern Cross University is located in Lismore, northern New South Wales, Australia, 730 kilometres north of Sydney. You will find the gardens on Rifle Range Road, East Lismore, next to Z-Block (School of Health and Human Sciences) on the University campus. Visit any time.