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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

Mexican Marigold: used as decoration for altars during Dia de Muertos and are said to attract the souls of the dead. Medicinally, the leaves can be used for reducing inflammation and improving skin health. Best time to plant: Spring/ Summer.

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.

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.

Watermelon: Part of the gourd family, and classified as a fruit and a vegetable. Watermelon is rich in Citruline, an amino acid that assists in lowering blood pressure. Best time to plant: Spring

Lavender: Used in aromatherapy and to cure ailments. This common herb is useful as an antiseptic, an antibacterial and an effective insect repellent. Best time to plant: July to Oct.

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. Best time to plant: Summer.

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.

Okra: Is an edible fruit often used in Cajun dishes such as Gumbo. Okra is rich in dietary fiber and Vitamin A, C, and K. Best time to plant: Spring.

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

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.
Volunteer workday - September 2021
Volunteers from "It's My Park Day" event - June 2021

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

600 River St, Austin, TX 78701