While herbs have been used for medicinal purposes for most of human history, Kitchen by Mike lends them a contemporary relevance through its newly launched Physic Garden classes. Much loved for its pared-down, laid-back and sustainable approach to food, the Rosebery cafe is opening its garden for workshops that promote health, herbs and plants.

The season starts on Thursday September 4, with Mike McEnearney hosting a Pick-Me-Up Tonic session teaching you how to create simple but invigorating tonics using easily sourced herbs and ingredients.

If it’s edible inspiration you’re after, McEnearney will also host a Dressings, Sauces and Condiments workshop. Here he’ll use herbs from the garden to prepare tasters and give guests recipe cards to take home.

Or you could learn how to self-medicated – safely – as medical herbalist Anthia Koullouros leads an Introductory Physic Garden Class, sharing her traditional and clinical knowledge of certain herbs through tea tastings and an experiential trip round the garden.

The Urban Growers specialise in edible and medicinal garden solutions for urban environments and take to the garden to teach you how to achieve a healthy and abundant garden, however large or small.

The season runs until the end of November, giving you plenty of time to soak up some sunshine while you get to grips with your gingko.

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Classes start from $85. Visit kitchenbymike.com.au to view full program and book tickets.