Sacred Seeds

We must act on a worldwide basis to ensure resilience and health for future generations.

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.

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.

Sacred Seeds became part of United Plant Savers 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 Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica, similar to how United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary in Ohio became the vision for the Botanical Sanctuary Network. Uniting the work of UpS and the Sacred Seeds foundational gardens of which there are currently 31, we intend to grow our Botanical Sanctuary Network and the Foundation Gardens in an effort to safeguard traditional plant knowledge and the native habitats in which these sacred plants thrive

Sacred Seeds got its start being managed at the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden by ethnobotanist Ashley Glenn, in collaboration with New Chapter.

United Plant Savers would like to honor New Chapter for its continued support towards plant conservation and Sacred Seeds founders and advisors Tom Newmark, Dr. Michael Balick, Dr. Rainer Bussmann, and Steven Farrell.

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Sacred Seeds leader, Rafael Ocampo speaking about his passion for Medicinal Plants and his work with the Luna Nueva garden.

Sacred Seeds Articles

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) Herb Garden

A place of quiet, communion, and learning, the MUIH herb garden is a haven for all who visit, work, and study on our campus. The herb garden also provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience gathering and tending …

Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Cultural Village

The village of Tafi Atome has over 1000 residents and is located within the Hohoe District of the Volta Region of Ghana. Residents speak Ewe. The village is surrounded by a sacred grove of approximately 28 ha. The grove is …

Tertulias Herb Garden

Tertulias’ purpose is to serve as a healing oasis. Our focus is traditional Puerto Rican medicinal herbs, already familiar to many people in the community. We host tea days, herb walks, and sell medicinal herbs on site. The garden features …

Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden

The Bakuriani Alpine Botanical Garden of the Institute of Botany under the Georgian Academy of Sciences is located on the south-western slopes of the Bakuriani Range, at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. It was founded in 1910 on the …