The outer border is awash in the cheery yellows of arnica and the robust oranges of calendula.
If you had a muscle ache or a skin irritation and were inclined to nonconventional medicine, these plants might come in handy.
Nearby is the calming herb, chamomile. And comfrey, which some say aids in healing bone fractures. And the tiny, starlike flowers of black cohosh, used for alleviating the symptoms of menopause.
The new garden at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, officially unveiled a week ago, is so pretty that they intend to use the patio and walkway for weddings. The institute’s executive director, “Coach” Mark Smallwood, said the garden was the most peaceful part of the busy organic research and outreach farm. If he needed a place to meditate, “that would be where I would land.”