Bastyr Unveils Seed Sanctuary and Native-Plant Trail Walk

A view from a second story window of the Herb Garden and 神圣的种子 Trail

云顶集团 14th annual Herb and Food Fair on June 2 also marked the official grand opening for the 神圣的种子 Ethnobotanical Trail.

The mile-long trail provides an educational resource for the community to learn about seed saving and cultivation of native plants, and preserve ethnobotanical knowledge of how we have used them in the past for food, 作物和仪式. The trail is the only one of its kind on the entire West Coast, with the next closet sanctuary located in Missouri.

“We are honored to have been selected as the Pacific Northwest representative of the 神圣的种子 Sanctuary,” Sheila 金斯伯里, ND, RH (AGH), chair of Bastyr’s Department of Botanical Medicine. “This is a great opportunity to preserve, teach and share what we know about native plants and why they have been, 现在依然如此, so important to our region.”

Signs identify native plants along the trail, which begins with a native plant meadow on the hillside behind the Bastyr Medicinal Herb Garden, then travels through a grove of 100-year-old Douglas firs next to the 学生村 and into the woods where it winds around to a wetland area. While the project is still in the beginning stages, Dr. 金斯伯里说 she believes the seeds have been planted to grow into something great.

“I am so excited for this project to take shape, and I welcome the community’s input on ways to maximize the trail’s use,”她说.

The Roots of the 神圣的种子 Project

虽然 神圣的种子 now has a global reach, the project started small at a native plant garden in Costa Rica with the same name, Santuario Semillas Sagradas. Local healers and others who wanted to learn more about native plants began to take an interest in the garden, and the project soon developed into an educational opportunity that worked both ways.

“The 神圣的种子 project uses the land to help tribal groups re-educate their communities about native healing,博士说. 金斯伯里. “But native healers can also come to the gardens to use the seeds or learn to cultivate the plants, and also tell us what they need us to plant to help preserve it.”

第二个避难所, Missouri Botanical Garden, followed shortly thereafter, and as the project continued to expand across the globe, 神圣的种子 co-founder Tom Newmark set his sights on Bastyr.

It didn’t take much to convince Dr. 金斯伯里 to jump on board, since Bastyr was already showcasing native plants in the medicinal herb garden as well as in the adjacent forest. 20美元,000 challenge grant from the Dean Witter Foundation, the project began to come to fruition.

How to 访问 the Trail

The 神圣的种子 Ethnobotanical Trail is in the first phase of a three-year plan that will include efforts to phase out non-native plants under the guidance of Bastyr faculty member and ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan. Already the trail serves as a living “classroom” for visits from groups including:

  • Local American Indian tribes
  • K-12 faculty and students
  • Horticultural societies
  • 自行车协会
  • Other colleges and university student populations
  • 花园俱乐部
  • All 云顶集团 visiting neighbors and friends

Plans for a greenhouse in the final phase of the project could provide for even more educational opportunities.

“If we raise enough money to build a greenhouse on site, we’ll be able to more effectively teach the cultivation of plants both to students here on campus and to the community,” Dr. 金斯伯里说.

To schedule a guided tour, visit our online registration page. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Assistant Garden Supervisor Michele Milligan, who helped design much of the 神圣的种子 Trail, at Access to the trail is free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 21, 2012