Vashon Island, WA
Sanctuary Steward: Michael Laurie
Dragonfly Medicinals is located on 3.5 acres on Vashon Island in Washington State, a short ferry ride away from Seattle. I have lived on Vashon Island for 6 years and in Washington State for 29 years. 20 months ago, I purchased the home/office and 3.5 acres where I am currently growing medicinal herbs. While I have been making and selling medicinal herb tinctures and oils for over 6 years, I have spent the last 20 months planting herbs and working on other sustainability projects here. I now have small numbers of over 140 species of medicinal herbs growing here. Plants I have established on the site that are on the UpS at risk or to watch lists are: American ginseng, arnica, black cohosh, bloodroot, echinacea, gentian, goldenseal, lobelia, maidenhair fern, Oregon grape, wild yam, and yerba mansa. I hope to establish more at risk and to watch plants in the future. Now that I have many well- established medicinal herbs on the site I have started saving seeds and plan to grow medicinal herb starts for sale next spring at the Vashon Farmer’s Market.
The educational guide I developed has one page educational sheets on the following projects that I have implemented: Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, Compost Toilet, Fluorescent Lighting, Forest Stewardship, Green Energy purchasing, Green Roof, Irrigation Timers, Invasive Plant Removal, Low Flush Toilet, Medicinal Herbs, Organic Fruits and Vegetables, Pesticide Free Zone, Rain Barrels, Soaker Hoses, UpS Botanical Sanctuary, Low Water and Energy Use Washing Machine, and Worm Bins.
I received acceptance as a "Non-Toxic Zone" site and received acceptance in the "Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary" program of the Washington Department of Wildlife. I display signs at the front door that note the "Non-Toxic Zone" status, the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, and the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. The signs encourage discussions with visitors about these subjects.
The picture shows me engaged in one of my projects, invasive plant removal. The site has a fair amount of English ivy but I have been making steady headway in removing it. The native medicinal plants that were growing on the site included: alder, bleeding heart, burdock, horsetail, kinnickinick, nettles, Oregon grape, salal, self heal, skunk cabbage, trillium, usnea, violets, and western red cedar.