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

Lavender: used in aromatherapy and to cure ailments. This common herb is useful as an antiseptic, an antibacterial and an effective insect repellent.

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.

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.

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.

Strawberries: Native Americans called strawberries “heart-seed berries”. They are considered a fruit, not a berry due to the seeds growing on the outside.

Basil: Used in cuisines worldwide. The leaves may taste of anise, with a strong, often sweet smell. Basil is rich in vitamin K and calcium.

Eggplant: The name refers to how certain varieties of eggplant resemble white eggs. Eggplant is an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants.

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

Jalapeño: Named after the city of Xalapa, Vera­cruz where it was originally produced. Jalapeños are high in vitamin C and A, and Potassium.

Tomatillo: A common vegetable found in Mexican cuisine. In fact, the Tomatillo was first used by the Aztecs near 800 BCE.

Cucumber: offers nutritional benefits such as B vitamins, magnesium and zinc. They have also been known to lower blood pressure and reduce swelling.

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

Oregano: can be used fresh or as a dry spice in cooking and for medicinal benefits. Oregano has four times more antioxidants than blueberries.

Tomato: Originated in Central America, tomatoes can come in a variety of colors. Tomatoes are full of vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.

Interested in volunteering?

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

Local volunteer group putting the finishing touches on our new fence!

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

600 River St, Austin, TX 78701