Native Plant Trust


Who Speaks for Native Plants?

You do, when you support Native Plant Trust

All native plants play a special role in the web of life on which all other species depend. With generous support from friends like you, we have conserved native plants for more than a century. Today, the need is extreme, as our region's native plants face a barrage of human-caused threats, with land development, climate change, and invasive plants topping the list. 

Your donations help fund our work to study and stabilize the 388 globally and regionally rare plant species in New England, and to sustain the common plants that provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. This work—saving imperiled plants, researching climate impacts on plants, and establishing new habitat for declining pollinators—is urgent and fundamental. We are a trusted source of knowledge for scientific peers and the wider public, and we have created networks that everyone can use to conserve and grow native plants. 

Your contributions also support our horticulture and public education programs, which bring our conservation message to a wider audience and remain unequaled in the region. Through our respected programs, our growing selection of regional native species, and our extensive propagation research, we raise awareness of the beauty and ecological importance of New England's native plants. In everything we do, we rely on your support at this pivotal time. Thank you!

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So Many Ways to Make an Impact!

Native plants are the root of life, and we must act today to protect them for the future. Your philanthropic support is one way to take action now! Choose how you want to make an impact by supporting our annual fund or a specific project or program. Just click on the heading of your choice to donate online. Thank you!

Donate to our Annual Fund

Your support for our annual fund fuels everything we do!              

Donate to Conservation

Demonstrate your passion for the natural world with a gift to protect native plants.

Donate to Horticulture

Help provide resources for gardeners and develop new propagation techniques to make native plants more widely available.

Donate to Public Programs

Bring nature to life for people of all ages, near and far.

Donate an Honorarium Gift

Honor special people and celebrate milestones through honorarium donations.

Donate a Memorial Gift

Remember those who made a difference in your life with memorial gifts.

Donate Gifts-in-kind

Help supply needed goods and services. Before making your donation, please call to discuss your proposed gift: 508-877-7630 x3802.

Donate via and AmazonSmile

Shop at these websites to have a percentage of your purchases donated to us.

Donate a Planned Gift

Leave a legacy by including us in your estate planning.

How to Donate

Make a donation online, by mail, or by phone

Your philanthropic contribution will help shape the future for native plants in New England. Choose the giving options that are right for you:

  • Online, 24/7, via our secure Blackbaud payment system
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard) by phone: 508-877-7630 x3104
  • Stock or securities: download transfer instructions for your broker
  • Donor-advised funds: use the DAF portal on the right or contact your fund provider
  • Download this form and mail it with a check payable to Native Plant Trust, to:

Philanthropy Department
Native Plant Trust
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA  01701

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Help Float the Seed Ark

Join our campaign to bank the seed of rare species

Native Plant Trust 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. For nearly three decades, we’ve collected the seeds of imperiled plants to save them in perpetuity—and to have the genetic resources to augment or restore populations fading in the wild. 

With threats to our native plants accelerating, and a changing climate creating even more stress on imperiled species, we need to dramatically increase the pace of seed collection. Our goal: to secure seeds from at least 2,000 of the 3,300 populations of the 388 globally and regionally rare plants in New England, enabling us to preserve genetic diversity and ensure each species’ ability to adapt to changing conditions. We're striving to accomplish this by 2020, which is the target date established by the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in its “Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.”

To that end, we launched the Seed Ark—a $5 million initiative to collect and permanently bank the seed of our rare plants. You can help us raise $5 million to achieve this goal by 2020. We have a well-established protocol and a considerable head start, and thus New England may be the first region in the world to achieve success.

The Hope Goddard Iselin Foundation pledged $500,000 to the Seed Arknearly its entire annual grant funding over five years—to challenge other foundations and people like you to invest in this critically important conservation effort. We need your help to multiply the foundation’s extraordinary gift into the $5 million urgently needed to save New England's rare and endangered plants. Your donation supports seed collection throughout New England, seed processing, long-term storage, and regular testing for viability.

Honor a Special Person with a Named Bench or Tree

Has someone inspired you with a love of nature? 

Visitors strolling through Garden in the Woods for years to come will appreciate the views from the bench or the lovely shape of the magnificent tree you have provided as a tribute to an important person in your life. Choose from two kinds of benches, below. Before installing the bench, the director of horticulture will discuss location options and the wording on the tribute plaque with you. 

Options for tree species to dedicate will depend on the horticulture plan at the time of your tribute gift. They could include American beech, yellow birch, eastern larch, red bud, tulip tree, or umbrella magnolia. Prior to planting, the director of the botanic garden will confirm an appropriate location for the species you've chosen and the wording for the tribute plaque. 

Wooden bench (expected life span, 10 years) donation: $5,000

Stone bench (endowed in perpetuity) donation: $25,000 

Tree donation: $3,000

Please note: Before making any tribute donations, please contact the Philanthropy department to discuss the options for naming trees and benches: 508-877-7630 x3802 or Occasionally, trail redesign necessitates moving a bench to a different location from the place it was initially installed. 


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