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Botanical Sanctuary


MoonMaid Botanicals Tall Poplar Botanical Sanctuary

Great Smoky Mountains, Cosby TN

 Preserving, Protecting and Propagating Endangered Medicinal and Woodland Plants.

~ Member of the United Plant Savers network of Botanical Sanctuaries ~

Nestled on 5 magical acres in the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, Medicine Woods is a woodland garden that supports abundant endangered medicinal plants including wild yam, goldenseal, black and blue cohosh, trillium, pink Lady Slippers, mayapple, and bloodroot.  All are found in a native hardwood forest preserved in as natural habitat supporting medicinal plants, flowers, ferns, and fungi.  

Wild Yam is a major ingredient in MoonMaid Botanicals' product line and we are grateful to be a steward of this plant in this magical woodland setting. Though we do not harvest the yam that grows here, we do appreciate it's energetic presence.

The Sanctuary goal is to encourage native plants to thrive in a natural setting.  We “do” as little as possible. Of course, cleaning up fallen trees, raking trails and clearing the creek are all things that must be done regularly to preserve this serene setting.  The organic garden always needs weeding.  The propagated herb beds, with things that do not grow in the woods, needs constant attention as well.  Come for a day or a week.  Work exchange is always welcome.

~ Featuring a HipCamp Glamping Campsite opens Fall Equinox September 21, 2019!!! ~

Classes resume Fall 2019.  See schedule here

Camp in style in a 2 room REI Kingdom tent @ Peeper Pond.  This tent is set up with a camp kitchen too!  Here at Tall Poplar Sanctuary this is a natural spring fed pond that has created a  haven for frogs, goldfish, lotus and a small bass that found his way in.  There are many unique "sitting spots" here in the gardens and in Medicine Woods.  This HipCamp is proud to be a member of United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary network.

        Endangered Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)

For information on work exchange or garden tours, contact Cynthia @ [email protected] or 865.217.9453