The college has a well maintained Herbal garden where around three hundred medicinal plants are cultivated. The garden is maintained with the objective of familiarising the staff and students about the medicinal value of the plant. The Garden helps to keep our students always connected to traditional knowledge of medicines. Many of the plants grown in the garden are inseparably woven into the culture and medicinal tradition of Kerala. For instance, Dasapushpangal, constituting ten flowers, holding a prominent position in Kerala tradition are grown in the Garden. Therefore, we can say that the Herbal Garden at the college is a living museum of rare and endangered plants. A descriptive label with the plant’s botanical name and the vernacular name is affixed to each plant.
The herbal garden is helpful for the students in knowing taxonomic knowledge and identification of the local plants. In addition, they promote relaxation; maintain a healthy mind in the surrounding environment. The diverse collection of plant species facilitate visitors to experience new plants and enable opportunities for learning. The herbal garden provides valuable information on various plants and acts as an outer laboratory for students. It also helps in the faster healing of wounds, act as nutritional supplements, and also deliver a host of benefits. Herbs strengthen the immune system, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, have anti-inflammatory properties, and prevent Alzheimer’s diseases as well as various types of cancers. For sharing these things with students a pilot initiative was launched under the auspices of HBC’s Nature Club on 22 MAY 2019 as a part of the International Year of Biodiversity Celebrations.