We invite to take the opportunity each year to nominate a person and/or organization doing outstanding work conserving and preserving North American medicinal plants. Projects can be on a grand scale or small, community-oriented or individual. Any project, person or organization that has to do with the conservation, preservation and cultivation of native medicinal plants and their habitat will be considered, such as plant rescue projects, research projects, creating native medicinal plant trails and/or botanical sanctuaries, preserving habitat, or special articles, classes and programs on medicinal plant conservation.
The UpS Medicinal Plant Award will be given annually to a beneficial, inspirational and original project that supports native medicinal plant conservation. One need not be a United Plant Savers member to receive the award. Current UpS Board Members, Advisory Board Members and/or employees of UpS are not eligible.
The UpS Medicinal Plant Conservation Award will be granted to an individual or group based on:
1. Benefit: long-lasting benefits for medicinal plant conservation
2. Inspiration: inspiring others to become more active in medicinal plant conservation
3. Original idea: unusual or unique efforts will be considered first
4. Focus: on at-risk and/or native medicinal plants
Let us know of anyone (including yourself) who is doing something outstanding to help at-risk native medicinal plants and who you would like to nominate for the Award. Send a one to two-page report to the UpS office in Rutland, OH describing your nomination. It would be helpful to include additional information such as a brochure, report about the project or website if applicable. Include contact information so we can notify them directly if they are selected.
The Recipient will be recognized in the UpS Journal and website, receive a Medicinal Plant Conservation Award, free tuition to a UpS symposium or event, and a one-year honorary membership to United Plant Savers.
Rose Ramirez &
Deborah Small, 2022
Penelope Beaudrow, 2021
Howie Brounstein, 2020
Juliet Blankespoor, 2019
Laurie Quesinberry, 2017
Marc Williams, 2016
Leigh Wai Do, 2015
Lisa Castle, 2014
Mark Hanson, 2013
Jeanine Davis, 2012
Celle Rikwerda, 2011
Kate & Dan Rakosky,2010
Robert Eidus, 2009
Phyllis Hogan, 2008
Gigi Stafne, 2007
Monica Skye, 2006
Kathleen Maier, 2005
Rose Ramirez and Deborah Small have been named as recipients of the 2022 Annual Medicinal Plant Conservation Award by United Plant Savers (Submitted by Susan Leopold) When I first started reading about arrests for harvesting white sage in the Etiwanda Preserve, it led me down a path to try and understand what was really happening. I traveled to the Etiwanda Preserve and reached out to various people. Two people who provided valuable insight were Rose ...Read More
Recipient: PENELOPE BEAUDROW Submitted by Conrad Richter President, Richters Herbs Goodwood, Ontario This year’s award goes to Penelope Beaudrow of The Ginkgo Tree and Kina Gegoo Botanical Sanctuary in Cannington, Ontario. Penelope debuted a wonderful film, “For the Love of Medicinal and Native Plants” featuring her journey creating a botanical sanctuary. Furthermore, she helped launch Sanctuary Dreamers, a meetup group for AHG, along with Mimi Hernandez to support and encourage those thinking about creating a ...Read More
2019 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award — Recipient — JULIET BLANKESPOOR by Emily Ruff “Gathering medicine and food from the wild connects us to the natural world, our ancestral heritage, and our wild animal selves. Being involved in our sustenance and healing is boldly empowering and ties us into simple living and the change of the seasons. By gathering our own medicines carefully and conscientiously, we can be assured that our medicines are fresh, of high ...Read More
JULY 9, 2014, RUTLAND, OH Dr. Lisa Castle was formally recognized as the recipient of United Plant Savers 2014 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award at our Planting the Future Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. We are indebted to her and eternally grateful for her work and her critical role in the publication and launching of United Plant Savers ‘At-Risk’ Assessment Tool. Read more Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest ...Read More
Celle Rikwerda, of Stark Natural Herb Farm, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Celle Rikwerda this past summer at her herb farm and nursery, which became the first UpS Botanical Sanctuary in British Columbia. I was so impressed with Celle’s passion for herbs and her desire togrow her small business, while simultaneously raising her four young children. Celle is following in her mother’s footsteps going to school to become ...Read More
2010 Medicinal Plant Conservation Award has been awarded to Kate and Dan Rakosky of Sagewood Botanical Sanctuary in Kingston, Rhode Island When they first bought their historic home in densely populated southern New England, much of their 2 acres was mowed. Slowly Kate and Dan began replanting medicinal species, letting the lovely vernal pool return to a diverse wetland ecology, and encouraging the native flora left to blossom again. Shortly after becoming a UpS Botanical ...Read More