GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT TO HEALTHY WILD-SIMULATED GINSENG CULTIVATION

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by Justin Wexler and Anna Plattner American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) loves shade but not too much shade. After seven years of direct observation of hundreds of acres of wild-simulated and wild ginseng, we’ve noticed a pattern. Old wild ginseng plants growing in deep shade grow extremely slowly. Likewise, in full shade, the wild-simulated seedlings of …

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WALKER MOUNTAIN BOTANICAL SANCTUARY

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Deerfield, Virginia Sanctuary Stewards: Shay and Kim Clanton and family 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 …

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GREEN COMFORT BOTANICAL SANCTUARY

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Sperryville, Virginia Sanctuary Steward: Teresa Boardwine 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 …

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ON THE BIG MOUNTAIN WITH PAWPAW BILL

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By Joe Pigmon with Kate Farley 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 …

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