I like using plants which are useful to us humans, especially medicinal plants because I think they will become important in the future.
For over ten years I have developed an interest in the multiple uses which plants have, and recognise the lost knowledge that we have with what plants can do.
Approximately 100 years ago gardens were not just made to be visually pleasing. Gardens were indeed a common place to grow medicinal plants, along with cut flowers, vegetables and fruit trees. We used plants to dye our clothes, for herbal drinks, homemade wine and beer and much more.
I think we should find ways to rekindle this relationship we used to have with gardens and the produce which we used to get from them. So I have recently developed an educational book designed to educate children, elderly, mental health patients, young people out of education, and anyone else who is interested on how to make things from the garden. This includes herbal soaps, potato face masks, lavender salt baths and much more. To see some examples follow this link.
In addition I have been developing a garden in Devon where the garden looks aesthetically pleasing while at the same time all the plants have other uses. Visit this page soon to see updates on my progress.