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Chinese Herb Garden


I manage this beautiful and very special Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden in Seneca Falls, on the campus of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM)  and New York Chiropractic College. I began working in the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden in 2007 as a work-study employee during graduate school and soon fell in love with gardening and caring for the Chinese herbs. Upon graduation, I was concerned with the lack of consistent and continual care, as well as the understanding of the plants and garden when cared for by students who change anew every three years. I asked if I could stay on with a part time position to care for the garden seasonally and the school accepted! And I have felt so fortunate and grateful to be a part of the garden ever since.


In the summer of 2004, the faculty of the Acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) program realized the importance of exposing students to the living plants of the Chinese herbs they learned about in class. During the students many hours of Chinese herbal medicine coursework, the Chinese herbs are studies in their dried and prepared forms. Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens in Colombia County, NY (HFG, a farm-based, non-profit educational organization) donated over one dozen species of medicinal Chinese herbs that helped to establish small garden plots around the campus to be maintained by the students and faculty of the AOM department.


In 2006, the High Falls Garden Fund, under the authority of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Great Barrington, MA, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a three year program: Botanical Studies for Oriental Medicine. The grant was distributed to 15 AOM Graduate Colleges throughout the U.S., allowing the program to expand teaching sites into these locations. In addition to receiving funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant and High Falls Gardens, the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden at FLSAOM also received a large grant from Seneca Meadows in Seneca Falls, a waste management and recycling facility dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the environment.


The physical garden site at FLSAOM was designed by the dean of the AOM program, Jason Wright. The garden is composed of eight raised, stone beds surrounding a circular flagstone patio. The beds and patio are designed to represent the ancient Chinese Ba Gua and Tai Ji symbols which embody the ever-transforming and dynamic balance of all natural forces. The concepts exemplified by these figures are fundamental to systems of martial arts, design, philosophy and medicine. The Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden is located in the center of the campus between two ponds surrounded by willow trees.


The purpose of the Botanical Studies for Oriental Medicine program and the Chinese medicinal herb gardens located at graduate AOM institutions around the country serve a multiple purpose. One, is to give students to see the plants in the natural environment. The other purpose of the gardens is to see how plants traditionally from China grow in different areas around the United States in the effort for developing domestic markets and economies for the growing, production, processing and selling of traditionally Chinese herbs here in the United States with the triple bottom line in mind: people, planet and profit sustainability.


For more information please visit:


FLSAOM Chinese Herb Garden Facebook Page


Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden at FLSAOM


High Falls Gardens

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