One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A garden for cultivating medicinal herbs.
- ‘It was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden on an area the size of a tennis court near Holyrood Palace.’
- ‘The garden itself, contained in partitions of box, was originally a physic garden planted with medicinal plants known as semplici.’
- ‘The history of botany at Cambridge University goes back to the mid-17th century, but it wasn't until 1760 that Richard Walker, vice-master of Trinity College, purchased a five-acre site and established a traditional physic garden.’
- ‘Today's botanic gardens are direct descendants of a tradition that goes back millennia - Aristotle and Pliny had physic gardens.’
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