From its humble beginnings in 2010 as an internship project for 3rd year students of Philippine Science High School - Iloilo Campus, Herbanext’s collection of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) at The Quiet Place Farm Resort has gradually expanded in size and diversity. Starting with less than 50 MAPs, the botanical collection called Herbee’s Garden has already exceeded the 200 species mark. Herbee’s Garden could very well be the biggest private collection of medicinal plants in the Philippines today. It is a must-see place for those wanting to learn more about the incredible biodiversity of medicinal plants in the Philippines, its cultivation, and its application to health and wellness.
This summer, a new batch of Philippine Science students guided by professional botanists from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) will be laying the ground work for the establishment of a herbarium at The Quiet Place Farm Resort. The goal is to establish a reference herbarium and a formal ethnomedicinal garden of native Philippine medicinal plants as well as introduced species for the benefit ecologists, botany students, natural products researchers, and industry practitioners in Negros Island and neighboring Panay Island. The project intends to also highlight the endemic plant species from the threatened forests of Negros. Plans are already on the way for the building of an indoor museum within the year that will highlight the many valuable and versatile applications of MAPs, such as in the fields of medicine, health foods, animal husbandry, horticulture, cosmetics, and personal care.