TDU is a recognised Centre of Excellence in Medicinal Plants and Traditional Knowledge. The ethno-medicinal garden is a ‘Knowledge Park’ that provides a visual introduction to around 1500 species of medicinal plants from various bio-geographical regions of India. This is perhaps the largest live collection of medicinal botanicals in one location.
The TDU Campus has a unique garden that has been aesthetically landscaped, exclusively with native medicinal plants.
You can find over 32 theme based demonstration plots in the garden. These plants belong to all habits, and includes herbs, shrubs, climbers and trees. Many rare red-listed species can also be observed and studied here.
Attractive signages accompany each plant to inform the visitors about the ethno-botany of the plant. There are special signages for some plant species that are host to specific butterflies.
Our visitors include students, doctors, folk healers, traders, housewives and researchers. You can enjoy the beautifully landscaped garden and also learn how to grow plants, their uses as wel las simple procedures for preparation of herbal remedies. The current holdings of the garden cover over 375 genera and 120 families, and these numbers are expected to increase as we keep adding unique species.
The TDU Garden is designed using the natural contours of the site, and intersperses buildings and other permanent structures of the University. Since its inception, the garden has established 32 themes and several stand alone plants that enhance active interest in the minds of visitors. The various thematic gardens are broadly grouped under two main categories, namely, Plants used in every day life and Plants of conservation concern. This garden has the advantage of research backup from some of the best taxonomists who are experts in the flora of Western and Eastern Ghats, North-West and North-East of India and reputed physicians of the various traditional systems of medicines. Our garden has interesting features like water bodies, pergolas, rockery, climber tunnels, winding paths, hedges, lush green lawns made of medicinal grass, etc. It is a marvelous example of a garden created only using medicinal plants. It also has an information centre on distribution of medicinal plants in India. It is also linked to a world class herbarium on medicinal plants.
A special effort has been made to collect and grow plants from different bio-geographical regions of India. Thus, there is visible evidence of having different infraspecific morphological variations of some species. A perusal of the list of species in the garden will also reveal the extent of coverage of various species used by different Indian systems of medicine. The garden also has one of the largest collection of plants mentioned in the Hortus Malabaricus.