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The Herbal Garden at the St Mary’s church
193 32 Sigtuna
The Herbal Garden at the St Mary's church
During the Middle Ages, monks and nuns travelled from Europe to convents in the Nordic countries. They shared their knowledge of paper writing and agriculture to the cloisters, where spices and medicinal plants were cultivated in the gardens.
The Dominicans in Sigtuna were preachers. The brothers did not seek solitude, instead they were required to travel and preach. Care and concern was to be shared with the people of the area and travellers – thus the erection of hospitals and guest houses.
Today, the small herbal garden at the St Mary’s church is managed by Örtagårdens Vänner, the Friends of the Herbal Garden. They celebrate medieval herbal gardens and the good deeds which have been performed by gardeners throughout the centuries.