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Marloes van Bennekom

Plant Meets Target Group

Department: Man and Public space

The Outdoor Pharmacy

Marloes van Bennekom wants to link the garden with the city in order to bring the cure closer to the disease. “Think of the nettles-plantain effect: if you get stung by nettles, plantain will help relieve the sting.” In three locations across the Utrecht district of Overvecht, the Outdoor Pharmacy links plants to their target groups. A landscape of Ginkgo trees that help improve short term memory is placed near a home for the elderly. A garden that offers room to play and features elderberry trees – elderberries are packed with vitamins – has been designed for two primary schools. And next to the local vocational college there will be a garden full of sage to make a reviving beer for the students.

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