Native Plant Trust

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snow in the Garden

Winter Walking at the Garden Open by Appointment

Members at the Individual with Garden Access level and higher may request Winter Walking visits to Garden in the Woods through Friday, March 19, 2021. You may request a visit Monday through Friday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), excluding holidays. Since many staff members are still working remotely, please email your request at least one business day in advance. Please see our More for Members page for all the details. 

Photo: Snow at Garden in the Woods ©Native Plant Trust

snow in the Garden

See You in the Spring

Garden in the Woods, Nasami Farm, and the Garden Shops are closed for the winter and scheduled to re-open in April 2021. Please check back for spring 2021 opening details. Meanwhile, our staff can still take your orders for gift cards to our Garden Shops, and you can still give or renew memberships. 

At this time, all Native Plant Trust sanctuaries are open only to local residents to avoid overcrowding. If you live near a sanctuary and arrive to find lots of cars or a busy entrance, please seek a different place for your walk or come back later. While walking, please observe physical-distancing guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.

Photo: Snow at Garden in the Woods, ©Native Plant Trust

Astragalus restoration on Conn. River

Submit Your Stories for "Tales from the Field" Story Slam

Are you a botanist, horticulturist, plant researcher, environmental educator, or other plant professional who would enjoy regaling fellow plant geeks with your wild encounters with plants—and become a (semi-) famous radio personality? Then submit your story to Native Plant Trust’s 2021 Tales from the Field Virtual Botany Story Slam! This virtual event takes place on Saturday, February 20. Recordings may be aired on the radio. To enter your exciting, well-crafted story of plant adventures anywhere in the country, please email the following to, along with a 5-10 minute audio or video sample recording and photo of yourself, no later than Wednesday, January 20. 

  • Name
  • Professional title and organization affiliation
  • Contact info (email and phone)
  • Location (town, state)
  • Bio (one paragraph)
  • Story description (two sentences)

Write “Story Slam Submission” in the subject line and label all attachments “[Last Name] Story Slam Submission.” By sending a submission, you give consent for your story to be recorded, edited, shared on the radio, and for Native Plant Trust to use your submission for promotional purposes. The selected storytellers will be notified by the end of January and must be available to present at the online event on February 20 (from their respective locations). Attendees can register now for Tales from the Field to cheer on storytellers!

Photo: Botanists traverse a slippery slope to help save an endangered plant. Jane Roy Brown ©Native Plant Trust


Apply Now for 2021 Horticulture and Conservation Internships

Winter has just gotten started, but now is the time to start thinking about spring—especially if you want to apply for an internship with our esteemed Conservation or Horticulture department. The deadline for all Conservation internship applications is January 31, 2021. Horticulture internship applications for Garden in the Woods are due on February 1, and for Nasami Farm nursery on January 17, 2021.

Find all internship descriptions and directions about how to apply on our Jobs & Internships page.

Photo: Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Dan Jaffe ©Native Plant Trust


Browse Our Fall/Winter Programs

We’ve moved most of our courses in native plant horticulture and conservation online, so you can continue to open up your world inside when the outside world is not fully open. Go to our Classes & Field Studies page to browse dozens of Fall/Winter programs now open for registration. Or download the print catalog (PDF) at the bottom of the Learn page

Photo: Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) ©Native Plant Trust

Chamaecyparis thyoides flowers - Arthur Haines

Time to Renew Your Membership?

With the turn of the calendar year, check your membership renewal date to continue receiving uninterrupted benefits, including great discounts on classes, native plants, and garden books. Give or renew a membership now.

Photo: Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) ©Arthur Haines