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Learn about Ginseng & Reconnect to nature


It is said that a relationship with nature is necessary for health. On the average, people have become more disconnected over the past few decades and often don’t know where to start to reconnect to nature. I think of myself as a “liaison for nature”. A Nature Ambassador. Wild Ozark is my medium for helping others reconnect to nature.

We help others reconnect to nature through American ginseng and the Arts: Self-Reliance, Herbal, Literature, & Visual.

If you just listened to the program on KUAF and are looking for the Ginseng Sanctuary link, here it is: Compton Gardens Ginseng Sanctuary.

If you’re here from Ozark Mountain Ginseng and looking for the ginseng books, click here.

If you only want the one monthly issue, no other action besides putting in your email address is required. I usually send that out at the beginning of the month, but sometimes I’m running a little late and it might reach you mid-month instead.

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Grow your own ginseng! Here at Wild Ozark we grow ginseng virtually wild. That means all we do is plant the seed and let nature do the rest. When it’s time to harvest, there is no difference between ours and true wild. We encourage planting seeds from as local a source as possible. It’s impossible not to reconnect to nature while you’re crawling around on the forest floor planting seeds or digging roots.

The heading link takes you to the category on this website. It will list all the posts and pages where ginseng is mentioned. In the menu at the top of this website, you’ll find more specific listings of ginseng-related topics. We have lots of information on finding habitat and understanding this plant, and in spring we sell seedlings from the Huntsville, AR Farmer’s Market. We were awarded a grant from United Plant Savers in order to build an American ginseng sanctuary in conjunction with Compton Gardens in Bentonville.

Nature, Herbs & Plants

Nature is a huge part of what Wild Ozark is all about. In fact, everything here has to do with our relationship and connection to nature.  Reconnect to Nature with writing, photography from Wild Ozark by clicking here to read all the posts to do with Science & Nature.


Beginning in late April each year I go to the farmer’s market in Huntsville, AR with plants and books and balms and information. All but the plants are also for sale at our online shop. Early in season the plants are mostly ginseng and ginseng companions. Later as it warms up, the plant selection becomes more focused on edible and medicinal or bee/butterfly oriented.

I write about herbs, herbalism, and Ozark native plants fairly often here.

The ARTs


It’s not really “self-reliance” but more “nature-reliance”. We’d like to know how to get by in a world without grocery stores and Walmarts. From time to time I’ll post on this topic at my blog. You can click here to read all of the posts that were tagged “Self-Reliance“. A lot of posts of this nature are also cataloged under “Homesteading“.


I enjoy learning about how plants can be used for personal health. When I find a formula that’s particularly helpful to me, I usually offer it at my shop and booth. During summer I have these plants available at our market booth for sale. I am not always good at organizing my categories, so I apologize, but you can read these various archives to get the posts related to herbs and herbal healing: “Herbs“, “Herbalism“, “Native Herbs



I write about a variety of things on our blog, mostly to do with plants and our life here. Living in the rural Ozarks comes with a unique set of challenges and these things give me lots to write about. I also share photography from the area and information I learn about the ginseng and plants. We have horses, dogs, cats, and chickens so these critters are often the subject, too. When we travel, I usually write about that, too. Some of the places we’ve been so far include Dubai, Abu Dhabi, France, Germany, Amsterdam, and Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana.


My writing is inspired by my life here and my interactions with nature. My genre is fantasy  with a little scifi mixed in. The settings are usually Ozark with alternate worlds. Predator and Prey is a theme that runs through my fiction consistently, and I’d have to say we have a healthy balance of both to observe out here in the wild Ozarks. If you sign up for Wild Ozark’s monthly mailing list, you’ll have the opportunity to add yourself to the fiction focus group. Sometimes I send out serialized stories.


I write books about ginseng, the useful plants, and encourage others to interact with nature through journaling and nature sketching. You can see all of my titles at Amazon and we also sell them (except for the Kindle versions) at our online shop.


Nature Sketching

If you love nature sketches you’ll enjoy our sister site Wild Ozark Nature Journal. I try to go out every day and do an ozark nature sketch. These sketches are available as prints, notecards, and I have a blank nature journal for you if you’d like to try doing this yourself.


I’m always out taking photos and I enjoy sharing them here with you. The best way to see them is to subscribe to the blog, or just scroll through it to find the ones you like.

Here’s a sampling of images from the blog including sketches, products, and photos:

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit here today! Please leave a comment to tell me about the things you love and your own relationship with nature. 

Learn about Ginseng & Reconnect to nature was last modified: November 19th, 2015 by Madison Woods


  1. I just wanted to take a quick minute and let you know how thankful I am for the sample salve of Ginger and Lobelia. I hurt for weeks from walking and talking and breathing, due to inflammed cartlidge in my ribs. The salve worked as fast as my hand touched my side. Thank you so much Wild Ozark for what you do. The information you provide us is amazing. Now I need to buy another tin. Jennifer T.

    • Hey Jennifer! I am so glad it worked for you. It’s ginseng and lobelia, though, no ginger in it. But I bet ginger would be a good ingredient, lol. I’m just glad you’ve found some relief and I hope it is a lasting thing. I’ll try to remember to bring one out for you next time I go out.

  2. Hello
    I so enjoyed your nature sketchbook, which I downloaded from Kindle! You r beautiful sketches and written journal entries have inspired me to give nature journaling another try. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your talents!

  3. Hello Ms. Woods! I’m looking to buy ginseng. I actually just need TWO roots. Could you direct me to someone who’s selling? And for how much? Thank you very much.

    • Hi Meak, where are you located (which state)? If you’re in northwest Arkansas, email me at . If another state, I’ll see if there’s someone out there who can help. Are you looking for fresh or dried?


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