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The Seed Ark: A Campaign for Saving Imperiled Plants

Nominations, Please

It's time to submit nominees for the society's three annual awards: The Founders' Medal honors achievement in conservation, horticulture, or education with national or international impact. The Regional Impact Award recognizes exceptional leadership and achievement by an individual or an organization in native plant conservation, horticulture, or education in New England. The Service to the Society Award honors an individual for outstanding service to the Society. Click below to read more about qualifications, see past winners, and submit your nomination via the embedded form. Deadline: March 1.

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Plant of the Month

Have you ever watched a flock of cedar waxwings—or robins or bluebirds—descend on a clump of winterberry shrubs (Ilex verticillata) to gobble the red fruits? Feeding the birds is only one of the pleasures of growing this deciduous holly. Watching its deep-green leaves turn burnt-orange and drop in the autumn, leaving clusters of pea-sized berries to light up the dark, sculptural twigs, is another. And, it's easy to grow! You can order this year-round beauty now and pick it up in the spring: Email, or call our Garden Shop: 508-877-7630 x3209.


Ilex verticillata



Let's Float This Boat!

We need your help to fill the Seed Ark, our $5 million initiative to collect and permanently store the seeds of all the region’s imperiled plants by 2020. The Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation has pledged $500,000 to challenge other foundations and individuals to save these rare native species. The Society is a leader in the national effort to bank seeds to ensure the preservation of genetic diversity and for potential reintroduction of plants and species to the wild. With a changing climate putting even more stress on imperiled species, we need to accelerate the pace of seed collection. Please give now! 

Asclepias purpurascens



Winter Walking

Members with Garden Access: Discover Garden in the Woods as a winter wonderland! Enjoy winter walking through a landscape transformed by snow, the branching patterns of familiar trees and shrubs fully revealed. Observe the earliest signs of spring, as woody plants emerge from dormancy. Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until March 30, except on holidays. Remember to bring your membership card, and to check in and out at the administration building. Miss walking with a friend who isn't a member? Give a birthday membership!

Frost on beech







Native Plants for Urban Design

Join Amy Nyman to learn which native plants will look great—and thrive—in the city. She will explain the design characteristics those plants offer and provide an overview of urban challenges and strategies for supporting plant resiliency. Sat., Feb. 24, 10-11 a.m. at Garden in the Woods.



2018 Plant Lists Are In

The time has arrived to turn that winter garden dream into a spring garden plan. Our plant availability and pricing lists for the 2018 season are ready to download on our Buy Native Plants page! You can even pre-order plants: Call or email Noni Macon at our Garden Shop: 508-877-7630 x3209; gardennatives@

Pycnanthemum muticum (clustered mountain-mint)


State of the Plants

The research for our groundbreaking State of the Plants report found that the region's rare plant species have lost, on average, 67 percent of their known range and face a combination of 23 separate threats. Please donate to help us save New England's most imperiled plants!




Reserve Your Copy!

Native Plants for New England Gardens, our guide to 100 gorgeous native garden plants by hort gurus Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, comes out in March, but you can pre-order your copy on the web or at the Garden Shop at Garden in the Woods: 508-877-7630 x3601. Read the comments by advance reviewers!

Native Plants for New England Gardens