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Wildcroft Hollow Botanical Sanctuary

Richmond, VA Sanctuary Stewards: David & Lena Welker We acquired the land that was to become Wildcroft Hollow Botanical Sanctuary in June of 2004. We had both been wishing and dreaming such a place for years. I was looking for a place to take care of, a place where I could build my home for myself, and the woman I love, a place where we would belong. Lena was looking for the same things ~ ...
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Vollmer Botanical Sanctuary

Thornton, New Hampshire Sanctuary Stewards: Joann, Emmy, Hannah and Rick Vollmer Our twenty-acre wilderness forest land in Thornton, New Hampshire, bordering the White Mountain National Forest is mountainous land consisting of areas of both mixed hardwood and evergreen and is home to black bear, deer and moose. Plants already growing here include: sarsaparilla, goldthread, partridgeberry, pipsissewa, lady’s slipper, yellow violets and trillium. In October 6, 2001, we invited a few members of the community to ...
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Woodland Farms

Glenmont, OH Sanctuary Steward: Dr. Bruce A. Buren Woodland Farms has been in our family since the early 1820’s. At the time of my father’s death I was a licensed professional living and working in the city. Estate matters required me to make weekly trips to the “farm”. As time passed, I began to look forward to the weekend trips and I began spending more time there. I took long walks, I listened to the ...
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ATAGA’HI – LAKE OF THE WOUNDED

Union, Illinois Sanctuary Steward: Cindy Bloom The Cherokee people say there is a place in the Smokey Mountains where the animals go to be healed. The Creator warned the people not to follow the wounded animals to this magical lake or the wild game would vanish forever. The animals guard this place and keep it invisible to the human eye. It is said that if we continue to respect and protect the animals as the ...
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Bastyr University Botanical Sanctuary Garden

Kenmore, WA Sanctuary Steward: Jenny Perez As the long days and short nights of summer approach equidistance, I reflect on another season in the Bastyr Garden. Over the five years that I have been involved with the garden, the focus of Bastyr’s student gardener team has been to harness the potential energy ever-present in our herb garden, shaping it to display the beauty of medicinal plants. These plants are our teachers who quietly share their ...
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Adirondack Botanical Sanctuary

Chateaugay, NY Sanctuary Steward: Jane Desotelle Determined to continue to live and work in the woods, I turned a hobby of collecting wild herb teas into a business in 1979. Without ever using the word sanctuary that is how I have used my land. My herb business was able to grow without using wild medicinal roots. The wild food walks I’ve held over the years have developed into plant appreciation walks with all class fees ...
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Restoration Herbs Sanctuary

Franklin, PA Sanctuary Stewards: Sonja Hunt & Leslie Alexander The idea for Restoration Herbs was conceived on a windy beach in Scotland, UK in May 2004 and was born in Franklin, PA in June 2005. After several months of searching we finally found this property tucked away in a corner with an acre of woods falling down to a creek behind the house and 5 acres of pasture in front. This we are slowly turning ...
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