From Mud to Medicine - Observation Project

Idle Women

Idle women are creating the first Physic Garden dedicated to women and girls in the UK. Dedicated to the ‘art of healing’ our garden is being created through seasonal programmes of free workshops and activities.

Visitor Information

Physic Garden & Selina Cooper Narrow Boat
Bottom of Hargreaves Street
Nelson
Lancashire
BB9 7DB

On street parking is available on Hargreaves Street, the garden is to the left down a short path at the end of the road. Look out for Selina Cooper.
Please check details on idle women website or social media for dates and times of workshops and contact us if you would like to arrange a visit at any other time.

Get involved

Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

MEDICINAL PLANT STUDY GROUP
Monthly meet up for women to explore medicinal plants at the idle women physic garden, Nelson, Lancashire.
WEEKLY MEDICINE NURSERY (gardening group) at Idle women Nursery, Woodnook Accrington
& MONTHLY SOCIAL EVENTS at the Common, Bullough Park, Accrington, Lancashire
Details and free booking: http://bit.ly/iwprogramme
HERBALIST-IN-RESIDENCE AUG-NOV details to follow

Get in touch

Contact information

[email protected] 07940 557710

Photos of the site

Selina Cooper arrives

Saturday, February 16, 2019

plant study - cleaver vinegar

Sunday, February 17, 2019

celebrating the start

Monday, February 18, 2019

Drystone walling in the wet

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Plant study - Ramsons

Sunday, March 17, 2019

plant study - spring tonic soup

Sunday, March 17, 2019

plant study - spring tonic soup

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Votes for Idle Women!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Pear tree about to blossom

Friday, March 29, 2019

Our wall in progress (so proud!)

Friday, March 29, 2019

Planting an edible hedge

Sunday, March 31, 2019

a universe in a box

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Outreach Nettle Pesto Workshop

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Outreach nettle pesto workshop

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Plant study - nettle pesto

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The new poly tunnel

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thanks to your votes and support!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Willow Workshop

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Willow Workshop

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Hebridean basket weaving

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sadening vandalism

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Which spice or plant are you?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Goethen plant study technique

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Making daisy bruise balm

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Making daisy bruise balm

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Goethen plant study technique

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sad to say goodbye

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Eid Mubarak!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

New site for the Medicine Nursery

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Exploring new nursery site

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Clearing the new beds (garlic!)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Storing Garlic

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

enjoying the abundance!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June plant study - flowers!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

A banquet in the garden

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sudanese Injera with nettle

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Making elderflower syrup

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Propagation from cuttings

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

preparing seed beds

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Medicine Nursery planning

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Never too much mint!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Finding places to belong

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Textile artist Emma Blackburn

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Planting some favourites

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Plant textile workshop

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Plant textile workshop

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Selina Cooper and the Plantains

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Tinctures & Sudanese delights!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Illustrated notes

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Chickweed itch balm

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Finding Mullein

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

St Johns Wort oil infusion

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Herbalist in residence arrives

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Meadowsweet & nettle seeds

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Meadowsweet

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Plant printing and soap making

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Plant printing and soap making

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Plant printing and soap making

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Plant printing and soap making

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Motherwort at the Nursery

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Squeezing elderberries

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Elderberry winter syrup

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
Plant Study Day with herbalist Dedj Leibbrandt - revising the years to make a poster and making elderberry syrup. 22/09/2019 - 13:00 12 Mixed ages
Plant Nursery planning 10/09/2019 - 11:00 4 Mixed ages
Plant dying, printing and soap making and a bit of canoeing 29/08/2019 - 12:00 14 Mixed ages
Grow Wild filming visit and Plant study - Looking at Meadowsweet and trying some new illustration techniques 22/08/2019 - 12:00 8 Mixed ages
Taster day at the Physic Garden for new local women to get to know us 15/08/2019 - 11:00 13 Mixed ages
Taster day at the Physic Garden for new local women to get to know us 08/08/2019 - 11:00 15 Mixed ages
Drop in taster day at the Physic Garden for new local women to get to know us 01/08/2019 - 11:00 18 Mixed ages
Plant Study Day - Looking at Plantain and making a spit poultice, tincture in alcohol, tincture in glycerine and a herb vinegar. 28/07/2019 - 16:45 11 Mixed ages
Outreach gardening group at the Medicine Nursery - walk to the horizon 24/07/2019 - 10:30 13 Mixed ages
Medicine Nursery - public gardening group 16/07/2019 - 10:30 3 Mixed ages
Plant textiles - artist led workshop at the boat and Physic Garden 25/07/2019 - 13:30 7 Mixed ages
Plant textiles - artist led workshop at the boat and Physic Garden 18/07/2019 - 13:30 8 Mixed ages
Plant textiles - artist led workshop at the boat and Physic Garden 11/07/2019 - 13:30 9 Mixed ages
Medicine Nursery gardening group 09/07/2019 - 16:30 4 Mixed ages
Outreach gardening group at the Medicine Nursery - finding a place to belong 10/07/2019 - 10:30 13 Mixed ages
Outreach gardening group at the Medicine Nursery - preparing seed beds and propagation by cuttings 10/07/2019 - 10:30 14 Mixed ages
Medicine Nursery - public gardening group 02/07/2019 - 10:30 4 Mixed ages
Outreach gardening group at the Medicine Nursery - clearing beds and weeding 26/06/2019 - 11:30 11 Mixed ages
Our medicine Nursery was relocated to a new site offered by the council after extensive vandalism. First workshop 24/09/2019 - 10:30 5 Mixed ages
Plant Observation day - learning about roses and elderflower, how to make a medicinal syrup and enjoying a Sudanese lunch. 23/06/2019 - 13:00 14 Mixed ages
Great Get together at the Nursery in Accrington - a mixed event for the whole community 22/06/2019 - 12:00 126 Mixed ages
Outreach gardening workshop in partnership with Humraaz specialist support service 19/06/2019 - 11:30 12 Mixed ages
Eid Celebration - Delicious BBQ lunch with transport provided for women and children at the nursery site in Accrington. 04/06/2019 - 12:00 35 Mixed ages
Plant Study - Learning Goethen plant study technique to meet plants in the garden and the medicinal properties of daisy to make bruise balm 19/05/2019 - 13:00 9 Mostly adults 25+
Outreach cooking workshop at Lancashire Women Centre making nettle pesto with service users and sharing with staff 03/04/2019 - 12:30 15 Mostly adults 25+
Initial work to set up allotment site ready to begin weekly sessions in June (multiple days) 18/04/2019 - 10:00 6 Mostly adults 25+
Installed our new poly tunnel that will be used as a medicinal plant nursery and horticulture classroom for the allotment project 18/04/2019 - 10:00 8 Mostly adults 25+
Willow workshop - learning the many types of willow, it's medicinal properties and a Hebridean weaving technique 04/05/2019 - 10:00 9 Mostly adults 25+
Plant Study Group - Making nettle Pesto, learning about cultural nettle use and recipes from all over the world 14/04/2019 - 13:00 22 Mixed ages
Plant study group - the spring tonics -gathering nettle, cleavers, ramson & dandelion to make a spring tonic soup 17/03/2019 - 13:00 11 Mostly adults 25+
Plant Study Groups, getting to know cleavers and making cleaver infused vinegar 17/02/2019 - 13:00 6 Mostly adults 25+
Women & kids planed 500 edible hedgelings - hazel, rose, elder, oak, cherry surrounding a new space for women in Accrington - The Nursery. 31/03/2019 - 22:45 96 Mixed ages