URI celebrates opening of new pharmacy courtyard, Youngken Medicinal Plant Garden

20130426YoungkenCeremonyDeveloped by the College’s first dean, Heber W. Youngken Jr., the medicinal plant garden has been a fixture for more than 50 years on the Kingston Campus in one form or another. A stunning example of public space that draws on nature, science, and art, the new site is a gathering place among the health and life sciences facilities in the north district of the Kingston Campus. It is located to the south side of the college and between Woodward and Tyler halls and is designed to be a place of research and respite from the demands of 21st century life.
The garden, which was located outside the college’s former home, Fogarty Hall, for most of its life, was virtually hidden from the larger campus community and was primarily a resource for pharmacy students and faculty, as well as other researchers interested in the healing power of plants and natural products that come from them.
The new courtyard and garden has 200 medicinal plants, 500 ornamental plants, 9 birch trees, grassy areas, walkways, benches shaped in the form of birch leaves, and a translucent sculptural frieze featuring panels that depict plant life in laboratory slides.View some of the highlights of this event below.