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Plants at Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House are rooted in medicine

Here's a little secret from the new gardens planted in front of the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Many of the plantings, shrubs and trees are rooted in medicine.

The historic August Feine home at 766 Ellicott St. just finished its 2017 Decorator Show House tour and is the newest addition to the Kevin Guest House, a four-building campus that hosts patients and their families traveling to the Buffalo area for medical treatment.

Landscape designer James Wieczorek of Seasonal Nursery & Landscaping in Elma said that nearly every planting was selected for its connection to modern medicine and importance to homeopathy.

"All of the plantings have medicinal uses and some are for cancer treatment," said Wieczorek, pointing to a nearly 20-foot columnar oak tree. Historically, oak has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties.

He describes the scent of lilacs near the porch as "a nice, soothing fragrance" to greet guests. There also is yew, extracts of which have been used for treatment of cancers, as well as lavender, known as having a calming scent and easing anxiety and exhaustion, according to the landscape company's website.

Seasonal Nursery also added Rhododendron plants, the leaves of which can be made into paste and applied to foreheads to treat headaches. A Dogwood tree also has a medicinal tie: Its fruit is used to treat dysentery and diarrhea. Dogwood teas have been linked to lowering fevers and relieving body chills and their leaves used to treat ringworm.

Reporter Karen Robinson covers the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Follow her on twitter at @krobinsonBN or reach her by email at krobinson@buffnews.com.

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