Goldenseal import arrives

Since my visit to the United States in autumn 2010 I have been looking for ways to arrange import of sustainably-produced Goldenseal direct from suppliers. At last the Goldenseal roots have arrived! Through my United Plant Savers internship in 2010 I was fortunate to...

Bark, roots and seeds

We have been collecting plants for replanting to extend populations, like goldenseal, and during the last week sustainably harvesting other plants for making herbal medicines, gathering bark, roots and seeds. In some cases we can benefit from plants before they die...

Night at the Museum: Conference report

The Smithsonian Botanical Symposium took place on Saturday 25th September 2010 at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. This event was entitled ‘Food for Thought: 21st Century Perspectives on Ethnobotany’ and included a range of speakers...

Working in the UPS Plant Santuary in Ohio

Everyone is really respectful of plants here – weeds can be used for tea, making medicines, compost and nothing is needlessly removed. But there are invasive plants on the Sanctuary – especially Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) and Multiflora Rose...

Pawpaws are great

Phew! A tornado whipped through Ohio on Thursday with at least 7 touchdowns in the state, several in nearby Athens. Some buildings were flattened and damage to a school caused a fire, so that teaching was cancelled on Friday. Many shops were closed because power...

America Today

I came to the United States with some preconceptions, mainly based on the fictions of Friends, ER and cowboy westerns. When I spoke to people about my trip they were rather mystified about why I should want to visit Ohio. Most people thought of Ohio state as a flat...

Fantastic trees!

Fantastic treesWhat an amazing range of Oaks there are here – White, Red, Black, Chestnut, Chinquapin, Swamp White Oaks (Quercus spp) just for starters. There are over 30 kinds of oak listed in the book The Woody Plants of Ohio by E. Lucy Braun (1989 Ohio State...

The Shade House and more

Rutland, Ohio Thursday 2nd September 2010 Four days in, and we have begun to get used to the way things are run at the Botanical Sanctuary. A huge amount of past effort has gone into setting up marked woodland trails, replantingstripmined areas, conserving local...