Celebrating 25 Years of Plant Conservation, 1994- 2019

United Plant Savers 25th

UpS turns 25 in 2019 and we are launching our biggest outreach campaign for conservation of medicinal plants: CREATE, CONNECT, CONSERVE. We intend to highlight those that communicate activism thru the arts (music, visual, poetry, photography and writing), thus creating and connecting in an authentic capacity the message of conservation. We have three events, International Herb Symposium, Planting the Future at Herb Pharm and the grand opening of the first Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation.


International Herb Symposium
June 7-9 2019
Wheaton College

The International Herb Symposium will feature keynote speaker Leah Penniman of Soul Fire farm. The IHS is where UpS was founded in 1994 by those who were concerned about our native plants and increasing pressure due to a growing trade. IItseems fitting to be celebrating our 25th year, at this gathering of healers around the world. There will be an amazing track on Conservation and Cultivation, providing solutions to plant conservation, stay tuned for updates on teachers, classes and registration.

Planting the Future
June 15, 2019
Williams, Oregon

Sara Katz and Ed Smith co-founders of Herb Pharm (which is celebrating 40 years in 2019) are also both founders of United Plant Savers. Our west coast celebration will be a day filled with local teachers of the region and United Plant Savers board members, Kathleen Maier, Steven Yeager, Bevin Clare, Helen Metzman and Kelly Ablard. Topics to include the herbalist path to sustainability, endangered plants in essential oils, a tribute to Jim Duke, dis-ease and diseases of native medicinals, and plant walks.  Stay tuned for classes, activities and a list of vendors.

Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation Grand Opening
September 21-22, 2019
Rutland, OH

We can’t wait to celebrate with our members the monumental accomplishment. Rosemary Gladstar will give a talk on the founding of United Plant Savers and Steven Foster will be talking about the dedication of the Center to Jim and Peggy Duke. We are planning herb walks, art, music, and food trucks. Not to be missed! Registration and event details will be announced soon.


We have set a goal to grow our membership from 3,500 to 5,000 in 2019. We have several exciting announcements coming in 2019, creative ways to get people connected to plants and to have these connections inspire conservation and the next generation of plant savers.