Sperryville, Virginia
Sanctuary Steward: Teresa Boardwine

yurt classroom
Yurt classroom and apothecary

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 and sunny fi elds, too. While sponsoring a week of botany field work, we identified more plants to add to our list, along with the family of each plant, totaling 200 plants.

We will continue to steward the plants on and around the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine through a new Apprenticeship offered for the first time in 2020. The Botanical Sanctuary Apprenticeship will focus on the study of the medicinal and utilitarian values of each plant, its botanical identity, and its habitat and companion plants. We will add to our native plant beds, weeding any radical roots that might choke out the natives in our sanctuary. The goal is to increase the goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) patches and plant more black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) so we can continue to harvest a small amount each year as we protect the environment and growth cycle.

I am happy to share our database list with anyone who wants to have a look. Also, as a school, there are other opportunities to join us for a class or open house; check out our website: