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american ginseng walker

WALKER MOUNTAIN BOTANICAL SANCTUARY

Deerfield, Virginia Sanctuary Stewards: Shay and Kim Clanton and family American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) Walker Mountain Botanical Sanctuary lies in a hollow between two mountains—Walker Mountain and Sideling Hill. Clayton Mill Creek, a rushing rocky mountain stream, flows the length of the hollow. At the base of the north slope on Sideling Hill there is a small, nearly hidden spring. The mossy hollow above this spring is where the ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) grows. Some of ...
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yurt classroom

GREEN COMFORT BOTANICAL SANCTUARY

Sperryville, Virginia Sanctuary Steward: Teresa Boardwine Yurt classroom and apothecary The Green Comfort Botanical Sanctuary has been growing for 15 years on an acre near the Shenandoah National Park, in Sperryville, Virginia. The land that surrounds us is naturalized and undeveloped, providing opportunity for plant walks through adjoining properties in woods, to a sandy river basin, out to pavement and sunny fi elds, too. While sponsoring a week of botany field work, we identified more ...
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appalachian woodlands

ON THE BIG MOUNTAIN WITH PAWPAW BILL

By Joe Pigmon with Kate Farley Appalachian woodlands Those of us who love Appalachian woodland medicinal herbs often hear stories about the men and women who have harvested these plants from the wild for generations. Sometimes these stories blame traditional herb harvesters for the declining abundance of our beloved plants. We hear about diggers who take plants indiscriminately without a care for future generations. Some people think of the many negative assumptions about poor Appalachians ...
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heart springs sanctuary

HEART SPRINGS SANCTUARY

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Sanctuary Steward: Jen Frey Jen Frey walking through the meadow of Heart Springs Sanctuary Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies on Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) In 2014, heartbroken, I sold my beloved farm. This was the place that helped my life-long affair with Plants bloom into something deeper and pushed me down my Soul’s path. I loved the farm—it was where my babies grew and explored. It was where I discovered many dreams ...
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white pine pond

EDEN HYLL SANCTUARY

Natural Bridge, New York Sanctuary Steward: Diane Seufert Tait White Pine Pond at Eden Hyll My sanctuary is in a forest that covers thousands of acres, crossing roads and streams, and comprises state forest, private holdings, and towns. I am twenty miles from the green line of the Adirondack Park, the largest national park in the USA. Over the last three centuries, a complex “woods culture” has developed based on mutually agreed practices. Life can ...
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oat seed

FARMING IS FOR THE BIRDS

Oat Seed (Avena sativa) Pangaea Plants, Lake Lure, NC Sanctuary Steward: Gabriel Noard When I wake up, it’s still dark out. If the sun is up before I am, I think I am already late. The day has started without me. No matter though, there’s work to be done and songs to be sung. Not that I am good at that or go about merrily singing. But as my intelligence knows, Song and Voice are ...
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iris

DOGWOOD AND BRAMBLES

Iris (Iris spp.) Ontario, Canada Sanctuary Steward: Penelope Beaudrow Deep within my soul I have a love of plants and nature so deep that they are a part of me, not knowing where one begins and the other stops. I have a constant yearning to be out of doors, see the land awaken after a long cold winter, feel the warm winds upon my face, and hear the geese flying overhead and walking with my ...
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