Botanica Ethiopia

Run for Ethiopia

Join the Botanica Ethiopia team at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival next month! In (almost) true Ethiopian style, we’ll be going the distance – a grueling 9kms and the Sydney Harbour Bridge – on Sunday 18th September, to… Read More

Field work in the Great Rift Valley

The land behind Lakew’s house in Fiche drops 2000 metres into the Great Rift Valley; it becomes teff and grain crops, and salty white river banks, as far as the eye can see in any direction. Actually, this… Read More

Trucks to market

Because early mornings in Fiche are crisp, we’d chosen a spot in the sun by the back fence of the garden to interview Zerefenesh about her herbal remedies. We stood on the hill, introducing ourselves, with the land… Read More

Of stories, seasons and spirits

We arrived at Fiche and met with Dr. Tesfay from the Ethiopia Institute of Biodiversity Conservation, over a late lunch. The Institute, a government body responsible for the preservation of Ethiopia’s ecosystems and genetic resources, is working with Lizzie… Read More

Finding Fiche

 Lizzie d’Avigdor We set off on the road North from Addis Ababa to see the garden site in Fiche for the first time, and to meet with local herbalists to introduce ourselves and the Living Pharmacy project. As… Read More

New Flower

Where better to begin a study of Ethiopia’s healing plants, than a city whose name means ‘New Flower’ – Addis Ababa. Elizabeth d’Avigdor 16/1/2011 After a long flight, with a host of delays to do with visas and… Read More

The Good Earth – Fiche

The small town of Fiche, in the Oromia region of central Ethiopia, is where we will be planting the medicinal herb garden. Fiche is about four hours drive North of the capital, Addis Ababa. Our partners in Ethiopia… Read More

A Living Pharmacy in Ethiopia

For Australian Naturopath, Elizabeth d’Avigdor, the connection with Ethiopia began with the adoption of her son 14 years ago. But the seed of an idea for a project to support health in rural Ethiopia using indigenous herbs, was… Read More