Welcome to Wild Ozark™!
Wild Ozark is where my husband and I homestead and grow wild-simulated American ginseng. We operate a small ginseng and woodland plant nursery in northwest Arkansas. Our specialty is helping people establish natural American ginseng habitats for conservation and future sustainable profit. I’ll be bringing our plants, books, posters and information about ginseng to the Huntsville, Arkansas Farmer’s Market each spring. My name is Madison Woods. I write about what we do, take photographs of the incredible plants that live in these hills, spin fantastic tales influenced by our life here, and create beautiful books featuring the plants I’m glad to call my allies. All of it to help you reconnect to nature. Welcome to our website!
Our Ginseng Sanctuary at Compton Gardens in Bentonville
Wild Ozark is honored and excited to be embarking on a project in conjunction with Compton Gardens in Bentonville, Arkansas. This American Ginseng Sanctuary project is made possible, in part, by a grant from the United Plant Savers. You can watch our progress at this post, where I’ll update with pictures and journal entries.
What we’re doing is recreating a ginseng habitat, complete with American ginseng plants and the companion plants. It will be a work in progress for a couple of years, and is intended to serve as an outdoor educational exhibit for those interested in learning more about the endangered plants of the woodland habitat, like American ginseng, blue cohosh, goldenseal, etc. I’m planning to lead workshops and presentations when we’re done with the installation, but it’s open to the public, free of charge, and anyone can use the facilities for their own ideas.
If you want to make sure you’re on the invitation list for our first Unfurling Party in 2016, be sure to sign up for Wild Ozark’s monthly newsletter before then!
Our Latest Release: American Ginseng & Companions
For color photos of ginseng and companion plants, you won’t find a better product out there. Of course, that’s my biased opinion and I’d love to hear what you think of it. Book on DVD or USB set to music. The USB contains the slide-show and also the Kindle book files and a PDF format. More information at the Ginseng Pictures page.
8. Contact Us
Wild Ozark, LLC is located in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks. It’s part of an area called the Highlands found between Fayetteville and Harrison in Madison county, Arkansas (USA). Very remote, rugged and beautiful land. We’re not open to the public, but you can easily get in touch through email or the various social media. Our contact information and a contact form is on this page.
In spring we’ll be at the Huntsville, AR Farmer’s market beginning in April 2015. The operating days are usually Tuesdays 7-12 and possibly on Saturdays.
Local visitors: keep an eye on our Google Local Business Page ( Google+ ) for updates on dates/hours/offerings at the market.
Nature Writing by Madison Woods
Many of my blog posts are observations on nature, and oftentimes the focus is on plants. My specialty is American ginseng and the companion plants that live in the same habitat as ginseng. I have a new series of photo-essay books featuring these plants called “Into the Ginseng Wood”. They’re filled with beautiful images of the plants and nature of the deep woods of the Ozarks and serve as virtual herb or nature walks. The first one is called “Before the Unfurling” and it takes the reader into the woods just before ginseng begins to unfurl. I post a lot of photos of our beautiful surroundings on the blog and write about life on our homestead. But I also write fantasy stories and these are influenced or inspired by the things I see and experience out here in the wild Ozarks. Things that cause my imagination to stir. To learn more about how these hills and my life in the wilds influence my fiction writing, you can read this post called “My Ideas Come from the Gaps“. If you like fantasy/scifantasy fiction you might enjoy my fiction website.