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Free Online: Gardening for Pollinators!

This free, online course, available April 6-August 3, 2018, shows you how to convert your yard into habitat for native insects, birds, and other pollinators throughout their life cycles--all at your own pace. The course kicks off a season of free public programs--including demonstration gardens and workshops at 12 locations throughout the region--offered through Pollinate New England, the Society's response to the pollinator crisis. The initiative is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please help us meet the required match

Bee on pussywillow 


Plant of the Month

New England gardeners know common bleeding heart--Lamprocapnos (Dicentra) spectabilis, an imported species that blooms early in shade. But consider native Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) and its relative, squirrel corn (D. canadensis), to brighten shade and nurture early-season insects. D. cucullaria's flowers resemble the inverted pantaloons of yore. Those of D. canadensis are heart-shaped. The lacy foliage of both vanishes without long yellowing. Pre-order for pick-up later this spring: gardennatives@; 508-877-7630 x3209.

Dicentra cucullaria


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



Garden in the Woods Is Open!

Spring has sprung! For evidence, visit Garden in the Woods and our Garden Shop, now open daily, 10-5, through October 14. Find robust native plants for your early spring garden. Nasami Farm's Garden Shop opens on Saturday, April 28, 10-5, and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10-5, through October 7. 

Members: Friday, April 27, is members' day at Nasami Farm's Garden Shop. Meet the staff people who grow our amazing plants—and get first pick of this year's offerings! Not a member? Join now to reap special benefits throughout the year!  

Curtis Woodland Garden







April Means Arbor Day

The Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway returns to Garden in the Woods on Sat., April 28, 10-3. This family-friendly day features children’s games, art projects, and more. Adults can enjoy guided tours and special workshops. And we'll be giving away 200 trees, first-come, first-served! Free with Garden admission.

Kids in tree 



2018 Plant and Price Lists Are In

It's time to turn your garden dreams into a garden plan. Check out our 2018 plant availability and pricing lists, and our new plant collections and pollinator kits! You can even pre-order plants: Call or email our Garden Shop: 508-877-7630 x3601; 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!




New Garden Guide

Native Plants for New England Gardens, our guide to 100 gorgeous garden plants by hort gurus Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, is out in time for spring gardening. Buy your copy at a discount at our Garden Shops. You also can order it online or by phone: 508-877-7630 x3601. Read the advance reviews!

Native Plants for New England Gardens