With the present urbanization of indigenous societies across the world, we face continued disappearance of knowledge on the potential of medicinal plants. This knowledge has been held and passed on orally from previous generations of different indigenous groups all over the world. As part of our scientific research incentives at TBG, the medicinal plant garden showcases indigenous plant varieties used locally for medicinal purposes. These have been cultivated as part of our conservation efforts. Rare specimens held include Hoslundia opposita, Warburgia ugandensis, Vernonia amygdalina, Prunus Africana, Cymbopogon citratus, among others. Over 100 specimens can be found in our collection and we target over 500 species by 2018 in the garden.
TBG also partners with different scientists and organizations to document the rich wealth of medicinal herbs and preparations used by the people in the Albertine region. We have published our own literature and co-published many other books and journals with different native and foreign scientists that detail the local names, use, and methods of preparations of different herbal remedies used by indigenous peoples. Over 50 books and journals on the subject can be found in our library accessible to our visitors.