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#GivingTuesday2017 - Native Plants for New England Gardens

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, colleague, and friend, Elizabeth's reach extended from E. O. Wilson to the Grateful Dead. 

 Elizabeth Farnsworth

Her family suggests that donations in memory of Elizabeth be sent to New England Wild Flower SocietyHitchcock Center for the EnvironmentAmandla Chorus, or another charity of the donor's choice. Click below to read more about Elizabeth's extraordinary life and for details about a forthcoming celebration of it.


Sri Lanka Info Session

The Society's next travel opportunity is coming up in February: Explore Sri Lanka--tropical island in the Indian Ocean, global biodiversity Hot Spot. To learn more about the itinerary and botanical highlights, register for this free info session with trip leader Neela de Zoysa: Thurs., 11/30, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Garden in the Woods.

Sri Lanka





Save the Plants, Save the Planet

Please donate now to the Society's 2017 Annual Appeal. Your donation today counts more than ever, as state and federal governments slash conservation funding. Your gift supports action to conserve endangered plantsrestore habitats, develop new online courses, and much more.

Asclepias purpurascens



Members, Stroll the Garden Off-Season

From October 16 until April, members can enjoy Winter Walking at Garden in the Woods: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ply the trails at your own pace and observe your favorite plants changing with the season. Please bring your membership card and sign in and out at the Administration Building.

Frost on beech



Joys of Stick Season

Buds, bark, fruit—all offer clues to a shrub's identity after its leaves drop. Learn more in Wetlands Shrubs in Winter: Garden in the Woods, Wed., 11/29, 10–2. For a parallel experience with herbaceous plants, try Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter: Sherborn, MA, Sun., 12/3, 11–2.

Ilex verticillata fruits



Bad Bug News

According to a study reported by The Guardian, three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth. Read the rest of the story and the scientific study on our blog--and plant more native flowering plants now.

Scolia dubia on Solidago




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 handsome guide to 100 gorgeous native garden plants selected by Society hort gurus Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, will hit the market in March 2018--but you can pre-order your copy now at our Garden in the Woods shop: 508-877-7630 x3601.

Native Plants for New England Gardens