man dressed as a vampire

Need to ward off vampires?

The master gardener of the NLM herb garden has a trick: Grow garlic. It must work. There haven’t been any vampires in the garden in decades. Montgomery County master gardener Mary Musselman, one of several dedicated volunteers who tend the National Library of Medicine’s colorful herb garden, says this is a great time of year…

Garden plots and a bench

The Magical, Medicinal NLM Herb Garden

  “Fresh herbs—there’s nothing else like them!” So says Montgomery County master gardener* Mary Musselman, one of several dedicated volunteers who tend the National Library of Medicine’s colorful herb garden, across the oval driveway in front of the main Library building. Bracketed by benches, this unique haven on the NIH campus is intended to showcase…

NLM Herb Garden: Well-Tended and Welcoming

It’s barely nine in the morning and the temperature already is close to 90 degrees, but that’s not stopping a dedicated group of volunteer gardeners at the National Library of Medicine. The volunteers, most of them in their 70s and 80s, come to the Library once a week to watch over an herb garden that…

Holy Smokes! NIH Campus Now Tobacco-Free

Starting in October, the entire NationaI Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland became tobacco-free. While smoking inside or in close proximity to NIH buildings has been forbidden for many years, the new regulations ban the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and all other tobacco products anywhere on the Bethesda campus.