United Plant Savers merged with Sacred Seeds 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 the 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 especially 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.