Note: The garden habitat garden is closes in October. It’ll open again when the unfurling begins (mid-April, early May).
The goal is to teach about the habitat and encourage wild-simulated planting, and conserving or re-establishing habitats, but not necessarily forest farming.
I’m planning to open by appointment only for now, but it will be available to the public at no cost. We have one other sanctuary that we installed with the help of a grant from United Plant Savers, but it is in a public botanical garden setting (Compton Gardens in Bentonville, AR).
The one here at Wild Ozark is a natural wild habitat which was once destroyed by logging that’s now suitable again after years of regrowth. I’ve enhanced it with trails and replanted ginseng and the companion plants back to it, and will be adding signs/labels for the plants.
My hope is that education will help people realize the fragility of this type of ecosystem and motivate more conservation/preservation mindedness even among those who want to grow it for future wild-simulated root harvests.
Click here to read more about the American Ginseng Garden.
Predator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.
Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.
About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.