In the rolling foothills of Appalachian Ohio sits a barn, a yurt, a reclaimed strip mine, and a visitors center, on 360 acres. Collectively, this is the United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary. Dedicated to the propagation and preservation of at-risk medicinal plants, the United Plant Savers is unique in encouraging the responsible use and stewardship of disappearing Appalachian medicinals. This spring, we took a Wooden Spoon field trip to visit the HQ, and woodland oasis, of our friends at UPS.

Wooden Spoon Herbs donates 1% of our revenue to the United Plant Savers, which was founded in part by seminal herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. You help ensure populations of ginseng, goldenseal, bloodroot, false unicorn's root, and many more plant species.

Check out the At-Risk plant list here:

Set in the gorgeous rolling hills of Appalachian Ohio, the United Plant Savers Center for Medicinal Plant Conservation.

Greenhouse packed with medicinal plant starts — they gifted us a flat of ginseng seedlings!

These ginseng seedlings now live with us at Wooden Spoon Herbs HQ.

Established 1999 on land previously farmed by Paul Strauss of Equinox Botanicals. 

Literally goldenseal as far as the eye can see

Black cohosh — posing for her photo. (Wild yam in the background.)

A personal favorite spring ephemeral

United Plant Savers repopulating the woodlands

My eyes locked in on this four-pronger!

What all the goldenseal was over-harvested for?

One of my favorite antique herbals

United Plant Savers ephemera

Thanks UPS, we loved our visit!

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  • What an outstanding organization. Thank you for sharing…❤️🌺

    Erika Stehl on

  • We love garden tours, especially herbal ones! Keep up the great and much needed service WSH! Thank you!! ❤️

    Charlie G on

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