Potter's celebrates 200 year herbal heritage

Potter’s Herbals launched the start of its bicentenary celebrations at a special event held last week at the historic Chelsea Physic Gardens in London.

The venue — established in 1673 — was a very appropriate one as it inspired one Henry Potter to set up his herbal medicine shop in London’s Fleet Market in 1812. Henry Potter’s unique methods of blending specially selected ingredients would inspire some many classic herbal remedies that remain at the heart of Potter’s range today

After guests were given guided tours of the historic gardens, a hush descended in the lecture theatre as, resplendent in top hat and mutton chops, Henry Potter himself entered the room to make a short speech. He later appeared at dinner to present a special bicentenary cake and pose for photographs.

The celebratory evening included a ‘potted history of Potter’s Herbals’ by Timothy Whittaker (a former chief chemist at the company) and fascinating talk on the continuing vital contribution of herbal medicine in the modern world by the researcher and writer Barbara Griggs.