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ABC Publishes Tribute Page to Late Herb Expert Steven Foster

Dear Valued ABC Member and Friend,

In honor of our dear friend and colleague, the late Steven Foster — the internationally respected botanical expert, author, and medicinal plant photographer — the American Botanical Council (ABC) has published a special tribute page on its website ( In addition to his many activities and relationships, Foster was a longtime contributor to ABC publications and a member and past chair of the ABC Board of Trustees.

The Steven Foster page includes tributes written by dozens of Steven’s friends and colleagues in the herbal community, including: Abby Artemisia (The Wander School); Susan Belsinger (author and photographer); Juliet Blankespoor (Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine); Francis Brinker, ND, (author); Jerry Cott, PhD (pharmacologist); Bill Donovan (US Nutraceuticals); Ed Fletcher (Native Botanicals); Rosemary Gladstar (herbalist, author, educator); Kenn Israel (Innovation Consulting Nutrition); Loren Israelsen (UNPA); Michael Levin (Health Business Strategies); Matthew Magruder (American Botanical Council); Michael McGuffin (AHPA); Steve Mister (Council for Responsible Nutrition); Ken Murdock (founder, Nature’s Way); Mark J. Plotkin (Amazon Conservation Team); Emily Ruff (Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary); Cathy Sears (journalist); Holly Shimizu (consultant, writer, lecturer); Michael Smith, ND (consultant); Deb Soule (Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary); Nancy J. Turner, PhD (University of Victoria); Linnea and Larry Wardwell (Herbal Education Services); and Tina Marie Wilcox (Ozark Folk Center Heritage Herb Garden).

To submit a tribute to Steven Foster, please fill out and submit this form.

The tribute page also includes links to seminal HerbalGram articles Steven wrote on a variety of subjects of interest to many in the medicinal plant community. These include saw palmetto, lady’s slipper, a tribute to James A. Duke, American medicinal trees, ginseng adulteration, bilberry adulteration, skullcap adulteration, the history of adulteration of herbs, a review of An Oak Spring Herbaria, and medicinal plants of Montenegro.

Steven Foster’s profile, as printed in HerbalGram issue 80, is included on the tribute page, as is a biography compiled by ABC staff.

Many of the 21 books written by Steven are listed on the tribute page, including the best-selling Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America, the influential Herbal Renaissance: Growing, Using & Understanding Herbs in the Modern World, and Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West.

Lastly, the tribute includes a selection of Steven’s botanical photography, as well as photos of Steven himself, and links to Steven’s website, Facebook page, and In Memoriam pages on the AHPA and NutraIngredients-USA websites.