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In Memoriam

All of us at the Society mourn the recent death of our beloved Senior Research Ecologist Elizabeth Farnsworth. As a scientist, educator, writer, musician, colleague, and friend, Elizabeth's reach extended from E. O. Wilson to the Grateful Dead. 

Elizabeth's family suggests that those wishing to make donations in her memory send them to New England Wild Flower SocietyHitchcock Center for the EnvironmentAmandla Chorus, or another charity of their choosing. Click below to read more about Elizabeth's extraordinary life.


Elizabeth in the field


"Great Habitats of the Northeast" Webinar Series Resumes

Our live-webinar series Great Habitats of the Northeast, which began last winter, picks up in January with Aquatic Places, on Tues., Jan. 23, 12-1. Join Lori Benoit online to discover the amazing adaptations that enable plants to live almost entirely underwater. The Great Habitats series continues on the two following Tuesdays, with: Rocky Outcrops and Talus Slopes, Jan. 30; and Bogs and Fens, Feb. 6. Heads up, certificate students: You can take these or any three live webinars to earn credit for one elective certificate class!

Turtle in pond, Garden in the Woods





Annual Giving Ideas

Time is running out, but it's not too late: You can donate now to the Society's 2017 Annual Appeal! Your gift supports action to conserve endangered plantsrestore habitats, develop new online courses, and more. Here are some other ways to support our work: Renew or give a membership. (Join or renew online to use our tell-a-friend link.) Upgrade your membership, or make an additional donation. Ask if your company has a matching-gifts program. Consider tribute and memorial gifts, bequestslife-income gifts, or a gift of stock or securities. Thank you

Asclepias purpurascens



Members, Stroll the Garden Off-Season

Garden in the Woods is closed to the public until April, but Society members can enjoy one of the benefits of membership: Winter Walking. Stroll on uncrowded paths and trails, observe the winter habits of trees and shrubs, and spot the earliest signs of spring. Winter Walking hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through March 30. (Please check holiday exceptions  here.) Do you miss walking with a friend who isn't a member? Give the gift of membership this season! When you visit, don't forget to bring your membership card and to sign in and out at the Administration Building. 

winter foliage


Intro to Conservation Biology

What makes a species vulnerable to extinction? Which strategies can protect plants and ecosystems? This intro to conservation biology and biodiversity tackles these topics and explores the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Sundays, January 7, 14, 21; 10-3:30, Garden in the Woods.

Agilinis acuta


Do Your Holiday Shopping Here!

You'll find a delightful refuge from mall madness at the Garden Shop at Garden in the Woods, open through Dec. 22, Mon.-Fri., 10-4, plus Saturday, Dec. 16, 10-4. Browse our collection of books, unusual home accessories, and other garden-related goodies. Or buy a gift card over the phone during our open hours--we'll even mail it for you! 508-877-7630 x3601.
Holiday gifts 4 (2017)


State of the Plants

Do you know how many plant species in New England grow nowhere else in the world? Find out in State of the Plantsour groundbreaking assessment of our region's native plants, and take action now to save the region's rare and endangered plants.





Reserve Your Copy!

Native Plants for New England Gardens, our guide to 100 gorgeous native garden plants by Society hort gurus Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, will be 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. Now, here's a short video by the authors.

Native Plants for New England Gardens