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At the ESB-MACC Healing Garden we grow herbs, fruits and vegetables that can be used for everyday meals and health. If you are interested in gardening or sharing in our harvest, join us for one of our workdays.

What we grow

Cilantro: Used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber and also contains Vitamin A, C, and E. Best time to plant: Late Spring.

Mexican Mint Marigold: The Aztecs used the leaves as a flavoring in a traditional cocoa beverage: chocolatl. It is still used today in brewing anise-flavored teas. Best time to plant: During the fall or full sun.

Rosemary: In Mexico, the herb is used for limpias, or spiritual cleansings. It has also been known to enhance memory and boost the body’s immune system. Best time to plant: Perennial but Spring/Summer with full sun.

Mint: Known for its fresh, sweet aroma. In Spanish, mint is referred to as Yerba Buena or “good herb”. It contains a high amount of iron and vitamin A. Best time to plant: During the fall or full sun.

Kale: This superfood contains anti-oxidants that help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Best time to plant: Early Spring or Fall

Eggplant: The name refers to how certain varieties of eggplant resemble white eggs. Eggplant is an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. Best time to plant: late April to early May.

Green Onion/ Chive: Chives are an effective antioxidant and anti-histamine commonly used as a traditional cold treatment by chewing on the stems. Best time to plant: October to December.

Jalapeño: Named after the city of Xalapa, Vera­cruz where it was originally produced. Jalapeños are high in vitamin C and A, and Potassium. Best time to plant: mid-March to mid-July.

Mexican Petunia: This perennial plant grows well in dry or desert climates. It is invasive, as it can easily spread if left unkept. Best time to plant: Early Spring

Red Cabbage: A great source of Vitamin C and Potassium but low in calories, making it an excellent addition to any meal. Best time to plant: Early Spring.

Lemongrass: also known as “citronella grass.” This herb has a floral, lemony aroma that is used in herbal teas and aromatherapy. Best time to plant: Spring.

Oregano: can be used fresh or as a dry spice in cooking and for medicinal benefits. Oregano has four times more antioxidants than blueberries. Best time to plant: early to mid-summer for optimal heat.

Interested in volunteering?

Contact us at (512) 974-3773 or maccgarden@austintexas.gov

VOLUNTEERS WORK HANDS-ON MAINTAINING THE GARDEN AND ITS INFRASTRUCTURE. PLEASE DRESS COMFORTABLY AND APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER.

Contact us at (512) 974-3773 or maccgarden@austintexas.gov. For more information, visit: austintexas.gov/esbmacc

600 River St, Austin, TX 78701