About the Ginseng Habitat Demonstration Garden

Come out to visit the Wild Ozark Ginseng Habitat Demonstration Garden and learn how to restore a natural habitat from a once-logged site.

We’re located a lot off the beaten path between Kingston and Red Star. The garden is only open by appointment, so email me to get started. Once we’ve settled on a date and time for your visit, I’ll send detailed driving instructions for getting here.

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At this point in fall 2017,  the ginseng demonstration habitat garden is under construction still. As this is a restoration project, it will take some time before the plants and habitat are fully fleshed out and true to nature.

However, there are still things worth seeing. You can see the look alikes in the same space as the ginseng. You can see how the different light and soil and tree cover affects the growth of the plants.

There is also a native Virginia snakeroot habitat in the garden that was already there and showcasing plants.

The shop itself might take a little longer to set up, but I’ll have books, seedlings and other woodland and medicinal herbs available for purchase on site.

Plans for the Wild Ozark Boutique & Nursery

First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator 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.

Nature Farming

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.


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