The Chinese Herb Initiative at The Learning Garden features a selection of over 100 Chinese medicinal plants which are cultivated and cared for by a volunteer network of Emperor's College students and alumni. Participating in the growth and nurturing of Chinese medicinal herbs, Emperor's College students gain a deeper and more holistic understanding of herbs in their natural environment.
The Learning Garden is located at Venice High School in Venice, California, and was launched in March of 2001. Robert Newman, LAc, dean of clinical training at Emperor's College, serves as The Learning Garden liaison and alumna Ingrid Schneider, class of 2008, coordinates the ongoing cultivation activities. This past fall, school officials took Acupuncture Today on a tour of the garden and explained the significance the garden has played in the curriculum at the school.