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Media release of 30 August 2016
Department of Life Sciences and Facility Management at ZHAW

 

Opening of the first TCM-Garden of Switzerland in Wädenswil

On August 30, 2016, the ZHAW has opened the first garden for Chinese medicinal plants in Switzerland in Wädenswil together with the Swiss Professional Association for TCM (formerly SBO-TCM). This TCM Garden is part of the gardens in ZHAW campus Grüental and freely accessible to the public. It serves future professionals of the TCM as a learning garden over the variety of the medicinal plants used and also offers all interested parties an illustrative access to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Nowadays Traditional Chinese Medicine is practiced not only in China but all around the globe. The plants used for this purpose are still largely unknown to us. In the first study and research garden for TCM plants in Switzerland, a basic assortment of more than 100 plant species will be shown on around 1000 square meters, which is to be expanded to 200 species over time.The garden has been developed in cooperation with the Swiss Professional Association for TCM and various private partners on the campus Grüental of ZHAW in Wädenswil.

The partners also form a network of expert knowledge at a high level. ZHAW and the Swiss Professional Association for TCM are planning to create a platform for exchange on the TCM medicinal plants in Switzerland with regular symposia and discussion events.

 

Medicinal plants to touch

The collection supports future TCM practitioners to get a better understanding of the variety of medicinal plants used. It is also open to the public and invites all interested parties to explore and discover. The exotic plants take us to a different world and arouse the curiosity of this plant-based healing method.

 

Far Eastern versus Swiss garden culture

The realization of the garden brought with it the challenge to present a thematic collection of plants from another continent and culture. On one hand, the TCM garden should have the harmonious character of a Chinese garden; on the other hand, it must fit into the surroundings of the various gardens in Grüental. As a principle of organization, the TCM plants were arranged according to their ecological requirements due to the areas of life that are close to the sites in their home country of China.

 

Relation to one's own health

The new garden gives visitors access to the Chinese medicinal plant tradition. The plants play an important role in TCM - they are the basis and part of a comprehensive philosophy. Its principles and methods form an alternative to other medical healing.

Information about the new TCM medicinal herbs garden under: www.tcm-garten.ch

Press release and photos: www.tcm-garten.ch/mediendaten

or: www.zhaw.ch/lsfm/medien

 


Media invitation and event notice from 1 June 2016
Department of Life Sciences and Facility Management at ZHAW


Opening of the new TCM-Garden at the ZHAW-Campus Grüental

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 15.00 to 18.00
  • Gardens Campus Grüental, ZHAW Wädenswil

Nowadays Traditional Chinese Medicine is practiced not only in China but all around the globe. The plants used for this purpose are, however, pretty much unknown to us. The first study and research garden for TCM medicinal plants in Switzerland will be opened at the ZHAW-Campus Grüental in Wädenswil. A basic assortment of over 100 plant species will be shown. The collection supports future TCM practitioners to get a better understanding of the variety of medicinal plants. It is also open to the public and invites all interested parties to explore and discover. The exotic plants take you to a fascinating world and, together with information on characteristics in TCM medicine, arouse the curiosity of this plant-based healing method.

The TCM Garden was realized in cooperation with the Swiss Professional Association for TCM and various private partners.

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Fig. 1: In addition to plants, the elements of wood, metal, earth and water, which are important in Chinese philosophy, characterize the garden. en.

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Fig. 2: On around 1000 m2, more than 100 medicinal plants are shown which are planted according to ecological requirements.

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Fig. 3: In the garden different living areas were recreated in a confined space - the Chinese highland, for example, as a metal framed raised bed.

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Fig. 4: In the TCM garden, the knowledge about the Chinese medicinal plants can be acquired in a practical and vivid way.

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Fig. 5: The TCM-Garten presents itself in bright sunshine on the opening day.

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Fig. 6: Prof. Dr. Urs Hilber, Director of the Department of Life Science and Facility Management at the ZHAW, welcomed the guests to the opening in the TCM garden.

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Fig. 7: The TCM garden and the individual medicinal plants were carefully studied by interested visitors.

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Fig. 8: Various elements provide background information on the TCM garden and the medicinal plants.

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Fig. 9: Prof. Dr. Urs Hilber, Director of the Department of Life Science and Facility Management at the ZHAW, welcomed the guests to the opening in the TCM garden.

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Fig. 10: from left to right: Regula Treichler ZHAW, Dr. Beatrix Falch SMGP, Prof. Dr. Urs Hilber ZHAW, Dr. Evelyn Wolfram ZHAW.

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Fig. 11: In the garden different living areas were recreated in a confined space - the Chinese highland, for example, as a metal framed raised bed.

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Fig. 12: Nina Zhao-Seiler, head of the TCM-Garten project, as well as a therapist with many years of experience, provided expertise on the medicinal plants at the opening seminar.

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Fig. 13: The TCM experts exchanged opinions at the opening ceremony.

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Fig. 14: Many interested in TCM took part in the opening ceremony.

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Fig. 15: Belamcanda chinensis / 射干 she gan / Leopard Flower: One of the more than 100 medicinal plants of Chinese medicine, which can be found in the TCM Garden.

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Fig. 16: Project team from left to right: Regula Treichler ZHAW, Nina Zhao-Seiler SBO-TCM, Dr Evelyn Wolfram ZHAW, Najad Brunschweiler and Eveline Roth, SBO-TCM.

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Fig. 17: Dr. Beatrix Falch, Swiss Medical Society for Phytotherapy SMGP, talks about the importance of Chinese medicinal plants and their promotion in Switzerland.

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Fig. 18: Prof. Jean-Bernard Bächtiger, Head of the Institute for Environment and Natural Resources ZHAW, describes the context of the entire ZHAW garden plant in Wädenswil.

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Fig. 19: Najad Brunschweiler, Vice President SBO-TCM, explains the cooperation between the SBO-TCM and the ZHAW.

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Fig. 20: Dr. Evelyn Wolfram, Department of Phytopharmaceutics and Natural Products, Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology ZHAW explains how the TCM garden can be used for research purposes.ann.

Contact


Technical contact horticulture ZHAW:
Regula Treichler, curator Gardens & Botanical Collections in Grüental, Department of Environment and Natural Resources IUNR
+41 58 934 55 85, regula.treichler@zhaw.ch

 

Technical contact TCM medical plants TCM-FVS:
Nina Zhao-Seiler, TCM therapist, TCM Fachverband Schweiz
+41 44 251 13 31, ninaseiler@gmx.ch, info@tcm-fachverband.ch

 

Media office ZHAW, Wädenswil:
Cornelia Sidler, Media Relations, ZHAW-Departement Life Sciences and Facility Management, Wädenswil
+41 58 934 53 66, E-Mail: cornelia.sidler@zhaw.ch

 

Media center TCM Fachverband Schweiz:
Anna Hofmann, Anwandstrasse 67, 8004 Zürich, Telefon: +41 76 387 90 85, E-Mail: info@union3.ch