For countless communities around the world, the presence of medicinal plants and the traditional knowledge of their properties and uses are crucial factors for ensuring health and prosperity.

We must act on a worldwide basis to ensure resilience and health for future generations.

Sacred Seeds is a global non-profit creating and supporting plant sanctuaries that address the rapid loss of biodiversity and cultural knowledge through living gardens, containing locally important plants focused on medicinals but including those of ceremonial, food, and craft use.

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Native Forest Foundation: Conserving & Popularizing Wild Fruits in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country with rich biodiversity–about 3368 plant species belonging to 1294 genera and 132 families have been identified, and around 800 of these are endemic to Sri Lanka (Rajapakse, 1998). Most of these plants were utilized in building healthy rural communities under the precise guidance of traditional local healers, members of the …

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Medicinal Plant Conservation & Use at Tafi Atome Sacred Grove

On the continent of Africa, it is estimated that 60 to 95% of people “depend on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs” (van Andel et al., 2012). Medicinal plants are under pressure around the world, with thousands of species in trade globally, including for example, African cherry (Prunus africana) and ginseng (Panax spp.) …

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A Golden Opportunity

The Sacred Seeds Program, supported by New Chapter, sponsored the Nurturing Your Botanical Sanctuary workshop. This event took place on October 1st and 2nd, with experts, academics, and land stewards convened at Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland Ohio, which is the headquarters of the United Plant Savers (UPS) network. Their uniting force was a workshop focused …

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United Plant Savers and Sacred Seeds Join Forces

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United Plant Savers merged with Sacred Seeds in 2015. Sacred Seeds is a global network of botanical sanctuaries preserving biodiversity and plant knowledge through living gardens, containing locally important plants focused on medicinals but including those of ceremonial, food, and craft use. The Sacred Seeds network started with the medicinal plant garden located at Finca …

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Lessons Learned from the Bastyr University Sacred Seeds Ethnobotanical Trail

We began the work to implement our Sacred Seeds trail vision in 2011. We already had some trails in our surrounding woodland so it seemed a relatively simple matter of creating a link between the woodland space to an open space. We had a nice space that would serve as a potential subalpine meadow representing …

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American Botanical Council Creates a Sacred Seeds Sanctuary at ABC Headquarters

The American Botanical Council’s mission is to provide education using science-based and traditional information to promote responsible use of herbal medicine — serving the public, researchers, educators, healthcare professionals, industry and media. The ABC Sacred Seed Sanctuary is located on its Case Mill Homestead in Austin, Texas. Much of the focus is to incorporate the …

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