Native Plant Trust is the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants. We save native plants in the wild, grow them for gardens and restorations, and educate others on their value and use. We are based at Garden in the Woods, a renowned native plant botanic garden that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this flagship property in Framingham, Massachusetts, 25 staff and many of our 1,500 trained volunteers work throughout New England each year to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. Native Plant Trust also operates a nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and manages six sanctuaries in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public.
Why do native plants matter?
Native plants are the cornerstone of Earth’s ecosystems and the base of the food chain that leads to our dinner tables. They define our landscape and form the habitats on which all living species depend. By conserving native plants in the wild and using them in designed spaces, we protect and enhance the integrity, resilience, diversity, and beauty of our planet.
What do we do?
CONSERVATION: We save imperiled native plant species, control invasive plants, and conserve and restore habitats
HORTICULTURE: We propagate, display, and sell native New England plants grown from seed sustainably collected in the wild and without systemic pesticides
EDUCATION: We run one of the country’s largest programs in native plant education, with year-round programs for adults, children, and families across New England and online.