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The Annual Atkins Garden Walk at the UIC College of Pharmacy

Every summer, the Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden hosts an Annual Atkins Garden Walk as a one-day event that is open to the UIC community and the Public.

Faculty and scientists in pharmacognosy of the UIC Botanical Center at the UIC College of Pharmacy organize the Annual Atkins Garden Walk. The event involves a guided tour through the Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden as well as a lecture by an expert on a topic related to medicinal plants and/or plants used for human health. The event is hosted every year, typically in July/August by the UIC College of Pharmacy and organized by the College's Pharmacognosy Institute.

Most Recent Atkins Garden Walk Lecture Heading link

Image of renowned lichenologist Thorsten Lumbsch, PhD, the 2022 Atkins Garden Walk lecturer.

2022 (16th annual Garden Walk)

This event was held on Friday, August 5, 2022 from 10 am – 3pm.

For the lecture, renowned lichenologist Thorsten Lumbsch, PhD talked about “Lichens – evolutionary insights into colorful chemical factories.”

Previous Atkins Garden Walks and Lectures Heading link

2021 (15th Garden Walk | Hydrid event w/online lecture and virtual walk)

Plant Medicines in Integrative Cancer Care – presented by Dr. Charlotte Gyllenhaal

2020 (14th Garden Walk | Virtual Event)

This year featured a virtual tour led by the Director of the Atkins Garden, Dr. Doel Soejarto, and organized by the following pharmacognosy experts and contributors: Dr. Bethany Elkington, Dr. James Graham, Dr. Jonathan Bisson, Dr. Bernard Santarsiero, and Dr. Guido Pauli.

2019 (13th Garden Walk)

Superfruits – Why are they good for you? presented by Dr. David Seigler

2018 (12th Garden Walk)

What is in a name? The complexity of Medicinal Plant Products presented by Dr. Joseph Betz

2017 (11th Garden Walk)

no speaker

2016 (10th Garden Walk)

Medicinal plants in relation to diet: global ethnobotanical and laboratory insights for the health of contemporary North Americans presented by Dr. Timothy Johns

2015 (9th Garden Walk)

Medical Ethnobotany and the Discovery of New Drugs for Antibiotic Resistance Infections
presented by Dr. Cassandra L. Quave

2014 (8th Garden Walk)

Understanding Traditional Healing Plants of Tropical Rainforest in Northern South America
presented by Dr. Memory Elvin-Lewis

2013 (7th Garden Walk)

In Quest of Tomorrow’s Medicine from Native Plants of the Prairie
presented by Dr. Barbara Timmermann

2012 (6th Garden Walk)

Ethnobotany and the Discovery of New Drugs
presented by Dr. Paul A. Cox

2011 (5th Garden Walk)

Recent Advances in the Development of Anticancer Agents from Plants and Other Natural Sources
presented by Dr. Gordon M. Cragg

2010 (4th Garden Walk)

From Folk Medicine to Phytomedicine: Medicinal Plants in the Modern World
presented by Steven Foster

2009 (3rd Garden Walk)

Conservation & Preservation of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants: Effects of Climate Change & Direct Human Activity & Solutions
presented by Mark Blumenthal

2008 (2nd Garden Walk – 2-day event)

  • Harald Schwarz (Hopsteiner – S.S. Steiner, Inc., New York): “Hop growing and usage”
  • Bethany Elkington (Ph.D. candidate, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago):  “Biological  evaluation of plants of Laos used in the treatment of tuberculosis in Lao Traditional Medicine”
  • Paul Matthew (Hopsteiner – S.S. Steiner, Inc., New York): “Towards metabolic engineering of phytoestrogen content of hops”
  • Norman Farnsworth (College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago): “Medicinal Plants of the United States used in disease treatment”
  • Gail Mahady (College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago): “Medicinal Plants from Central America used in Women’s Health”

2007 (1st Garden Walk – 2-day event)

  • Keith Block (Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care, Evanston, Illinois): “Plants and cancer: Diet and botanicals”
  • Judy Bolton (College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago): “Botanical dietary supplements as natural hormone replacement therapy”
  • Norman Farnsworth (College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago): “Work at the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research for Women’s Health”
  • Greg Stack (University of Illinois Extension, Urbana-Champaign/Illinois Urban Programs Resource Network): “Making Medicinal Plants Part of the Ornamental Garden”
  • Djaja Doel Soejarto (College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago): “Discovering Plants That Cure”