Urban Physic Garden


The Urban Physic Garden has been developed as a non-profit organization under the Creative Direction of sisters Melinda and Heather Ring.

Heather Ring CMLI is a landscape architect and Director of the multi-award winning London based practice, Wayward. Dr. Melinda Ring MD is the Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.


Wayward is a chartered landscape architecture and art practice based in London – an internationally award-winning collective of designers, artists and urban growers.

Since 2006, Wayward has pioneered new methodologies in the creative use of underutilised land, transforming derelict sites into large-scale, design-driven spaces that engage local communities and inspire international audiences. Our critically acclaimed projects include the Union Street Urban Orchard (2010), commissioned by the Architecture Foundation for the London Festival of Architecture, The Urban Physic Garden (2011), which toured internationally with the British Council, and the Queen’s Walk Window Gardens (2013), visited by an estimated 8 million people.

Wayward takes a unique approach to landscape architecture through the creation of narrative environments. Our landscapes express stories that connect people through nature, creating vibrant places which are productive, meaningful and imaginative. We tell stories to create original, engaging and immersive experiences.

Wayward is a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary practice with a focus on sustainable development and community engagement. We are committed to delivering high-calibre projects that go beyond disciplinary boundaries, to bring new conversations that help us to rethink our relationship and contributions to the world around us.

Our projects are platforms for collaboration, experimentation and creative innovation. Our work extends beyond design to creative direction, strategic partnership building, event curation and project delivery.


The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine (OCIM) is one of the most comprehensive integrative medicine patient care programs affiliated with a teaching hospital in the United States. Integrative Medicine has been called the “new medicine” but in many ways, it is a return to the original practice and philosophy of medicine. It emphasizes the relationship between the doctor and patient, the innate healing ability of the body, and the importance of addressing all aspects of an individual’s life to attain health and healing. Our vision at OCIM is to create a center of excellence and leadership that provides safe and effective integrative medicine therapies, conducts leading-edge research on diverse healing options, offers advanced training in integrative medicine for healthcare professionals, and sponsors educational programs for our community to enhance health.

OCIM offers a full range of complementary and integrative therapies to aid our patients in the healing process. Our physicians have training in both conventional and integrative medicine and are devoted to fostering integration of care between these diverse fields. Other practitioners on our team include trained specialists in acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, bodywork, energy medicine and health psychology. Our research program examines the impact of traditions such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and acupuncture on patient quality of life and health outcomes. We educate future physicians by teaching integrative medicine in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as practicing healthcare professionals through conferences and lectures.

OCIM feels a strong commitment to transform healthcare by being a partner in the shared mission of optimal health for both the medical and the layperson community.