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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TAKE A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SENSES OF YOUR ELEMENTS AT OCEAN FOREST’S ETHNOBOTANICAL AND PERMACULTURE GARDENS ON THE OSA PENINSULA IN COSTA RICA

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by Jonathon Miller Weisberger Now reaching into 20 years, the extensive gardens at Ocean Forest Ecolodge harbor hundreds of species of native and rare ethnobotanical treasures from Central and South America as well as the Asian Tropics. These include fruit trees that guests enjoy seasonally, aromatic herbs, medicinal and sacramental plants, detox bitters, emollients, and …

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THE SACRED SEEDS ETHNOBOTANICAL TRAIL AT BASTYR UNIVERSITY: LESSONS LEARNED IN DECOLONIZING AN ESTABLISHED NATIVE PLANT GARDEN

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Kenmore, Washington Sanctuary Steward: Katie Vincent At Bastyr University we teach integrative medicine— where the best of western medicine and natural healing modalities come together to create an approach to health and wellness that is more holistic and representative of the complex, collaborative ecosystems we are a part of. The gardens at Bastyr are an …

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Sacred Seeds at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

Ethnobotanists Rafael Ocampo and Luis POveda

I’m convinced the place is a magnet, attracting us to it. What other explanation can there be? Consider this: about ten years ago, Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, a respected therapist, teacher, and author, visited Finca Luna Nueva. My wife Terry and I met her at breakfast one morning and we asked her why she decided to …

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THE FRLHT-TDU STORY OF CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF MEDICINAL FLORA

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By Darshan Shankar 1. THE PRIMACY OF MEDICINAL FLORA IN FOREST HABITATS A little known fact regarding the species composition of Indian forest flora is that 40-70% of the flora across ecosystems and all the six vegetation types viz., tropical evergreen rain forests, deciduous or monsoon type of forests, principal dry deciduous forests and scrubs, …

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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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