Steven Foster Group, Inc

Images and Information on Medicinal Plants and Herbs since 1974

Steven Foster Group, Inc. | CELEBRATING 40 Years Specializing in Imagery and Information on Medicinal Plants, Aromatic Plants and Herbs

See: Steven Foster's HerbalBlog for updates and news.

For 40 years, author, photographer, consultant and lecturer, Steven Foster, has written or co-authored eighteen books, most recently the all new third edition of A Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America with James A. Duke | Houghton Mifflin Harcout, Boston and New York; | ISBN-10: 0547943989 | ISBN-13: 978-0547943985 | 456 pp. | 2014

See links below for BOTANICAL PHOTO GALLERIES organized by scientific name, and by common name. To the right, you will find links to some or our many additional travel photos, natural history, agricultural, landscape and other subjects.

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Photo Licensing:

Photo licensing is usually on a one-time, non-exclusive basis per image. We do offer discounts for collections of five or more images. Most images are licensed on a rights-managed basis. Occasionally, we make royalty-free offerings. Licensing fees are generally based on size of use, frequency and/or duration of licensing term, number of expected views (print run or web), type of use (web, editorial, corporate, etc.), among other factors. You've heard it too many times to count—"an image is worth a thousand words." Let us help you present a beautiful image to the world.

Once we agree to a licensing fee, we will send you an invoice, which can be paid using the "buy now" PayPal link below. Once we received payment, depending upon size of high resolution image, we will send via email (if less than 10MB) or upload to our FTP site and email you download instructions.

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Books and Publications

STEVEN FOSTER IS THE AUTHOR OR CO-AUTHOR of 18 books including senior author of three Peterson field guides—including the NEW 2014 THIRD EDITION of A Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America, Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants of North America (1994, with the late Roger Caras) and A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Western North America (with Christopher Hobbs, 2002). My first National Geographic title, A Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine (2006, with Rebecca Johnson), was published by National Geographic Books in 2006.  In 2007 the book was named  a "Best of Reference" by the New York Public Library. In 2010 I collaborated on another title National Geographic Guide to Medicine Herbs (with Rebecca L. Johnson, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. & David Kiefer, M.D.; Photographs by Steven Foster, with a Foreword by Andrew Weil, M.D). See our books pages.

When you need a high resolution file, we will send as an email attachment, if appropriate, or for large files, we will upload the image(s) to our FTP site.

This site last updated: 05 August 2015




More than Herbs

In addition to our offerings of thousands of stock images of herbs, spices and medicinal plants, we also have a wide range photographs of other subjects such as landscape, location, travel, and natural history. Please explore the links below, and come back often, as we frequently add new galleries and links:




Steven Foster

September 10th, 2014, marks 40 years since my herbal career began. In The Shaker Quarterly, Vol. XIV, No. 3, Fall, 1974, p. 106, Sister R. Mildred Barker in 'Home Notes from Sabbathday Lake, Maine:'

"Today seemed to be our day for youthful interests. Steven Foster of Cumberland Center, a lad of seventeen years, came to be a part of the Community in his after-school hours. He has been employed by Brother Theodore to work in the herb gardens." — September 10, 1974.

I have had the pleasure of working in the herbal field for forty years, beginning in 1974 at the Sabbathday Lake Maine Shaker Community's Herb Department, America's oldest herb business dating to 1799 (see Shaker herb galleries in links to the left). On my first day on the job one of the sisters asked me to dig burdock root, a tea of which was used to treat a skin condition. During my four years at the Shaker Herb Department, I established 3 acres of production herb gardens and produced over fifty products. Everything I do now—writing, lectures, consulting and photography—began during that time from age 17-21. Part of my job was to shadow visiting photographers working on assigment for various publicatilns while they were in the museum or community. I learned photography by watching some of the world's best photographers at work.

I love plants and sharing information and imagery about the human experience with medicinal and aromatic plants. My passion for photography has taken me to every continent except Antarctica, not only photographing plants, but a wide variety of other subjects. See thelinks in the column just left for galleries of everything from the pyramids to waterfalls, some of which are featured in the rotating banner at the top of the page.

We are located in the beautiful Victorian spa retreat, Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the heart of the Ozarks.

Feel free to call or send an email if you have questions.

Steven Foster Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 191
Eureka Springs,
Arkansas 72632

Phone: +1-479-253-2629
Fax: +1-479-253-6107