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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Sitting Bull College

The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is located in South and North Dakota. It is home to over 8500 Lakota and Dakota People (Sioux), including the late Sioux Medicine Man, Sitting Bull. Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is a rich part of their cultural heritage; having developed a vast knowledge of their plant resources through the centuries. …

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American Botanical Council

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. Since 1988, the American Botanical Council (ABC) has been educating consumers, healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, industry and the media on the safe and …

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Bastyr University

Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is an accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. Bastyr is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., combining a multidisciplinary curriculum with leading-edge research and clinical training. The Sacred Seeds Ethnobotanically Trail at Bastyr University is just over one …

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Rodale Institute

The Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For over sixty-years, they have been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the …

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The role of botanical gardens in climate change research

Authors: Richard B. Primack and Abraham J. Miller-Rushing Source: New Phytologist (2009) 182: 303-313 Description: Botanical gardens have a unique set of resources that allows them to host important climate change research projects not easily undertaken elsewhere. These resources include controlled growing conditions, living collections with broad taxonomic representation, meticulous record-keeping, networks spanning wide geographic …

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Tending the Global Garden

Author: Elizabeth Pennisi Source: Science Vol. 329, 10 September 2010 Description: By sorting out plant names and growing threatened species, botanic gardens try to do their part for plant conservation. Download the PDF.