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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

When garden dreaming in the winter, we New Englanders tend to get lost in floral fantasies, forgetting that in snow season, we feel starved for even a glimpse of green. (Look out your window right now!) So, now is the time to add American holly (Ilex opaca) to your spring shopping list: With its evergreen leaves and red fruit in winter, what's not to like? Listen to why Mark Richardson, Director of the Botanic Garden, loves this plant. Want to order it now for spring pick-up? Email gardennatives@, or call our Garden Shop: 508-877-7630 x3209.

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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! 

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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!

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Nothing Leaves the Site

We think this is an excellent rule for sustainable gardening. Join the Society’s horticulture staff to learn how your existing landscape materials, from downed wood to running water and plant debris, can provide free food, water, and soil. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1-4 p.m., at Garden in the Woods. 

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Big Ideas, Small Spaces

How to realize big ideas in tight quarters? This hands-on workshop, Designing Gardens for Small Spaces, shows how small sites can be intriguing and diverse. Explore the garden as a composition, using enclosure, light, plant characteristics, and more. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 & 13, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Garden in the Woods.

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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 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