• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium

Christine Simmons    Robert Sabo

Bob and I are were both delighted to become a part of the growing Network of Botanical Sanctuaries under the sponsorship of the United Plant Savers back in 2008. We feel a growing responsibility to both learn and teach more about Stewardship with Nature and what we have called “wildlife.” As stewards of the land, there are many difficult questions we continue to ask each other and ourselves about the direction(s) botanical medicine may take in the future. There are many issues for which we need to find solutions, from managing the plants as well as to how we utilize them for the healing of ourselves and our planet. uPs is addressing many of these solutions. Here at the Wellspring Valley we are glad to be a part of this dialogue and experience.

Turtle Mountain Herbs and Botanical SanctuaryRockford, TN Sanctuary Steward: Crystal Wilson Turtle Mountain Herbs began as a dream, twenty plus years ago. I was privileged to grow up in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia in the shadow of Mount Rogers. My earliest memories are of being toted all over the Appalachian trail, learning the plants, trees and animals from my Dad. After finally finishing college in 1994, we struck out to find "our" land. Work brought us to Tennessee and that is where we found our little mountain. Being fresh out of school, there was no bottom land within our reach.


Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie Sanctuary Stewards: Frontier Natural Products Co-op The Frontier prairie, located at the headquarters of Frontier Natural Products Co-op in Norway, Iowa, was dedicated as the Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie upon the retirement of Vice President of Sustainability Kathy Larson after 33 years at Frontier. Kathy championed the prairie and treasured the plants growing there, making the dedication an especially fitting tribute to her Frontier legacy. The prairie, which was previously corn and bean fields, was planted in the spring of 1992. Employee volunteers planted 21 acres of tallgrass prairie with an eight-acre border of native hedgerow plants on three sides to provide food and shelter for wildlife. Some of the buffer zone shrubs and a six-acre section of the original prairie planting didn't survive the drought that occurred that year, but they were restored as part of the prairie's 20th year anniversary celebration. Prairie photos and more information are available online at Frontier's prairie webpage and Kathy's blogs of her prairie walks throughout the seasons.


MagMell FarmLandrum, SC Sanctuary Stewards: Alison Strever and Lindsay Caesar MagMell Farm, gently resting at the base of the Appalachian hills,is 57 acres of forest, field, river, and wetlands, and home to an increasing array of native and cultivated plants, over a hundred of which are medicinally used. Gaelic for "Fields of Love", MagMell is located in historically renowned "Dark Corner", rich with stories from early America and the colorful prohibition times. While clearing acres of junk, old tires, and other debris, we simultaneously discovered the historical relics of a charming pile of old bottles and two stills, complete with axe marks in attempted destruction! Keeping these charming oddities, we planted the land, now with a small orchard, a hundred blueberry plants, and rapidly increasing vegetable and herb gardens. In the more natural areas by the creek, we lightly planted a bit of this and that, planting more of what did well. Naturally growing plants include butterfly weed, partridge berry, pipsissewa, trillium, rattlesnake plantain, passionflower, bunched arrowhead, hawthorne, and Indian cucumber. Successful plantings from the United Plant Savers at-risk and to-watch lists include bloodroot, blue cohosh, goldenseal, Virginia snakeroot, wild yam, mayapple, stone root and wild indigo.Watching these seed and spread


Bee Fields Farm, Wilton, NH Sanctuary Stewards: Loir and Elad Sadeh and Family Bee Fields Farm is a home for plants and animals in Southern NH. The farm sits on the north western slope of Abbot Hill and consists of 13 acres of woods, wetland, and gardens. “The Hill” is home to two other biodynamic farms, High Mowing School Farm and the Temple Wilton Community farm. We feel lucky to be in a community that shares our values and supports our work. Our family, Elad, Lior and our three children live in a beautiful 1760 cape that sits in the midst of the garden. We are blessed to share our lives with bees, three goats, 90 chickens and the occasional visits from deer, wild turkeys, a bear, an owl who loves the black birch and many other wild animals. During the past three years since we arrived, we have been busy observing and cleaning the land, making beds, seeding, transplanting and bringing back plants such as the black and blue Cohosh, Solomon seal and lady's slippers that once were the dwellers of the woods and meadow of New Hampshire. Our vision is to create a place where plants, animals and human


Eureka Springs, AR Sanctuary Sterwards: Lorna and Craig Trigg Fire Om Earth Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary - Eureka we found it! In 2001 my husband Craig and I set out from suburban Buffalo, NY to find the perfect place to live. Although we had created a Sanctuary in suburbia, with organic food and medicinal plant gardens we felt the need to find a community of like minded people., and some acreage. We are both artists and create Wind and Percussion instruments, as well as clay art for home and garden. We were drawn to the Ozark Mountains. As we drove down from the plateau of Missouri I immediately felt we were home. The small eclectic town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas lies nestled in between two plateaus composed of intricately intercalated layers of limestone, shale, sandstone. A fifteen acre property with a Historic Lodge and Guest cottage presented itself to us on our first day of home hunting. The property had been neglected for a number of years, overgrown with Wisteria, up 80ʼ into the Juniper trees, Honeysuckle vine and Vinca. When we saw the property we both said perfect!, being undaunted by the task that lay ahead of reclaiming


The Trillium Center and BLD FarmConneaut, OH Sanctuary Stewards: Leah Wolfe and Charles Schiavone On a ridge three miles south of Lake Erie in the quiet city of Conneaut, Ohio, there is a small family farm, BLD farm, where seeds are being sowed. They aren't just the seeds one would expect. Yes, there are carrots, tomatoes, and cabbage. But we've also planted less common things like high bush cranberries, northern pecans, and oaks that produce low acid acorns. Stranger still, you will find a three-petaled flower deep in the woods that wraps its seeds in what looks like a pat of butter. Ants carry these seeds, three times their size, and store them in their underground tunnels as food for the colony and its queen. Thus the flowers spread slowly through the woods, unlike the mayapples and partridgeberry dispersed by deer and birds. That flower is called Trillium. There are two species growing here, the common white trillium, some which may be as old as 50 years, and the rarer red trillium that was given as a gift from a friend on the Medicine Council for the Lenape Nation.Trilliums are at-risk of becoming endangered. As we work on this land, helping to restore the forests


Cosby, TN Sanctuary Steward: Cynthia Johnston I moved to the Smoky Mountains in 2003 to explore my dream of living closer to the land. I knew there was ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) here but had no idea how many other endangered native species existed and were abundant here. These include black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), trillium (Trillium erectum), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), as well as wild yam (Dioscorea villosa), an herb I use in my product line. It has been exciting to explore and learn, not only about these plants, but also the many others that greet me on my walks in the woods.  I came here to this small five acre piece of land nestled in the Smoky Mountains to grow some or all of the herbs I use in my business. I have been able to cultivate comfrey (Symphytum officinale), calendula (Calendula officinalis), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), roses (Rosa spp.), and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis); but the idea of cultivating natives had not occurred to me. This site is a natural place to encourage those natives that are already here, but also to propagate ones like wild yam and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) that are not so abundant. I use a


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