In the gardens of Ilkeston in the English midland county of Derbyshire, the bright orange calendula fields are really eye-catching during the summer months. The garden path in this Weleda garden does not lead to opulent flower-beds, but to small natural plots creating a charm of their own – reserved and modest. The garden is located on the outskirts of Ilkeston, which rose in significance during the industrial revolution and thrived for many years on mining and related industry. Today’s landscape shows the effects of that industrial legacy. Lots of rain creates a wet and heavy soil, which is not exactly ideal for the cultivation of medicinal plants. But biodynamic cultivation works its magic, transforming this soil into a fertile one, where the history of the region and the country is still to be seen in every corner of the garden.