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Our Mission (Why We Exist)

We here at Arkham’s Botanical feel that it’s important that our customers understand a bit about why we started the business in the first place, so here’s a statement covering some of the reasons that we exist – our mission, if you like!

We’ll start with some bullet points (for anybody reading this who’s still using dial-up), then go into a little more detail about each one further down the page…


Ten Reasons Arkham’s Botanical Exists

  • To spread rare, unusual and useful plant species around the world…
  • To disseminate knowledge about the plants and their uses…
  • To establish connections, like fungal mycelium…
  • To learn from others and the plants…
  • To fund the establishment of an ethnobotanical garden in the EU…
  • To encourage organic horticulture and sustainable practice…
  • To pay a fair ‘living’ wage to those working on the project…
  • To conserve important species which might otherwise easily be overlooked…
  • To provide excellent customer support to our fellow enthusiasts…
  • To provide accurately labelled and viable seed (to the best of our ability)…

For Those Who Are Especially Interested

To spread rare, unusual and useful plant species around the world…

We feel it is vitally important that we as a species do everything that we can to ensure the survival of as many of our fellow species as possible – especially given the troubled times in which we live!

Every day, many life forms are wiped from the face of the Earth forever, despite the fact that we know it’s in our best interests in all senses to maximise the global ecosystem’s diversity and to conserve all the life that we can.

By disseminating seeds and plants of rare and endangered species around the world, we can at least feel that we’re playing some small part in meeting that responsibility – as should you, every time you grow something new!

To disseminate knowledge about the plants…

So much knowledge has been lost since humans first started its accumulation – for example, through war, the Imperialist crushing of indigenous peoples everywhere, the current anti-drug hysteria and natural disaster. Moreover, that doesn’t even begin to account for the vast amount of botanical, medicinal and scientific treasure that’s wiped out forever every time another species dies! Consequently, we must all do our bit to spread useful practical and theoretical knowledge to all who value it. This is why we do what we do, and why we do what we can to share cultivation guides and other practical advice.

To establish connections, like fungal mycelium…

After all, what is a life without considering all with which it connects and exchanges? We’ve made some good friends among all of the customers, growers, suppliers and other folk we’ve met so far too!

To learn from others and the plants…

As far as anyone can tell at this stage of human evolution, we only get one chance at life, so it’s surely essential to do all that we can to learn all that we can, from everyone and everything that we encounter on our individual journeys…

To fund the establishment of an ethnobotanical garden in the EU…

Using the profits earned from Arkham’s Botanical, we intend to eventually found an ethnobotanical research garden in Spain, so that biologists, botanists, chemists and other researchers can access mature specimens of important plant species from around the world that are currently only rarely accessible in Europe. You can read more about this project on our Land Plan page.

To encourage organic horticulture and sustainable practice…

Like many people around the world, we feel that it is vital to both practice and encourage the use of sustainable, organic horticultural techniques. Besides the obvious necessity to conserve and replenish our rapidly dwindling natural resources, it’s important to minimise the application of artificial chemicals for so many reasons… Prime reasons (for us at least) include that organic food can be healthier and tastier than non-organic food, plus the simple fact that we figure Mother Nature had it all worked out pretty good before us!

To pay a fair ‘living’ wage to those working on the project…

Currently, neither the Director nor his minions take out any money from the business, so we’re obviously aiming to change that so that they can eat and the business can therefore continue to expand both its reach and offerings! In addition to this, all profits eventually paid to the Director will be used to establish the botanical research project mentioned above.

To conserve important species which might otherwise easily be overlooked…

Many of the species that we offer in our shop our found increasingly rarely in their natural habitats (for example, Acacia obtusifolia, Acacia simplicifolia, Lophophora williamsii…), hence, it’s imperative that we cultivate them to their best of our collective ability, ensuring they survive not only because they should do but for the enjoyment and scientific enrichment of both current and future generations.

Further, the continued sanitisation of the global market place caused by the virtual monopoly of the major online retailers and marketplaces carries a very real risk that it will become near impossible to obtain certain plant species arbitrarily deemed “dangerous” by same. Examples of these “chilling effects” include eBay’s banning of species such as Salvia divinorum (entirely) and Trichocereus pachanoi (our popular seed listings were removed without warning due to mentioning their common informal name, ‘San Pedro’) from their website.

To provide excellent customer support to our fellow enthusiasts…

Our mission with this project has always been to be better than your typical ethnobotanical or other rare plant vendor – especially as we’re continually realising we’ve bumped into many of you through the various online forums over the years (particular respect to the Share the Seeds crew)

We want to build an ongoing relationship with our fellow enthusiasts and hence promise to always do our best to ensure everyone is happy when we do business. Please let us know immediately if you think we’re lacking in a specific instance!

To provide accurately labelled and viable seed (to the best of our ability)…

As customers of a multitude of international botanical vendors over the many years in which we’ve indulged our plant passion, we’ve often been disappointed with both the quality and identification of the available seed – and that’s not even counting the majority of eBay vendors! Hence, we do everything that we can to ensure that the seed (and other products) that we sell is as fresh as possible and is an accurate representation of the relevant species/strain/hybrid/etc.

We’re always searching exhaustively for the best possible suppliers from around the globe, sourcing all our seed from the most passionate and knowledgeable people that we can, so you can rest assured that when you purchase something in our store, it is what it says it is!

Feel free to support our mission by ordering some seeds!