“Everybody quotes Steven Foster’s work as primary botanical science, and everybody uses his amazing photos of plants. Steven Foster is one of those brilliant, friendly, hyper-talented guys who manages to pull it all off with aplomb. He’s great to spend time with. We all admire Steven. ” – Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter

Steven Foster
Company (Other): 
Steven Foster Group
Herbalist, Author, Photographer, International Consultant
Medicinal Plants, Aromatic Plants, Nature Photography


Steven Foster is a respected author, photographer and international consultant specializing in medicinal and aromatic plants, and also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at American Botanical Council, and President of Steven Foster Group, Inc. Steven has authored 15 books, including "National Geographic’s A Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine" and "A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs with Dr. James A. Duke. He also currently serves on the editorial boards of several magazines, including Herbs for Health and HerbalGram.

Steven began his career at the Sabbathday Lake, Maine Shaker Community Herb Department, which is America's oldest herb business, dating back to 1799. There he established three acres of production gardens and managed 1700 acres for the commercial harvest of botanicals. Since that time, Steven has served as a medicinal and aromatic plant specialist, writer, lecturer and photographer with over 800 photo-illustrated articles in popular, trade and scientific journals.

"In the company of any three people, there must be one who can be a teacher"—Steven is always that guy, sharing his profound knowledge of economic botany, particularly in the cultivation and uses of herbs.

Steven Foster photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, including: American Gardener, American Horticulturist, Better Nutrition, Country Life, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, and National Geographic News Services, as well as on several television broadcasts including The Today Show and PBS. In addition, his work has appeared in books published by several major publishing houses.

It is Steven's artistic goal as a photographer to capture the spirit and botanical beauty-in-form using natural ambient light. As a medicinal plant specialist and photographer, his work takes him around the world as he strives to know the plants that he photographs: their names, botany, history, and human connection. Foster is President of Steven Foster Group, Inc. in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.