Botanical Sanctuary & Medicine Gardens

Goldenseal – Photo taken by Cris Fellowes, graduate of the Community Herbal Intensive!

The Sanctuary and the Seed Gardens

BLD farm has a plant sanctuary and gardens for medicinal, indigenous, and unusual plants.  plant diversity in the region is preserved. Many of the plants that grow here are common (or once were common) in the Appalachias, so we work hard to include those species due to the reduction in habitat in the region caused by mining practices.  United Plant Savers added the Trillium Center at BLD farm to their botanical sanctuary network in November of 2012. 

Blue cohosh, red trillium, wild ginger, blood root, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit have been delicately propagated to increase plant communities throughout the woods. Small patches of goldenseal, Solomon’s seal, black cohosh are dwarfed by a stand of white trilliums.

The medicine gardens include 3 species of Echinacea, elecampane, rue, compass plant, milkweed, and many many others, while wild plants fill the edge such as St. John’s wort, yarrow, horsetail, mugwort, and Joe Pye weed.

To increase our ability to preserve these amazing plants, please consider donating at our How to Help page.

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View our photo stream of the plants at BLD farm:

Echinacea tennesseensis, an at-risk species growing at the Trillium Center in NE Ohio.