Native Plant Trust

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Garden in the Woods reopens for the 2024 season on Sunday, April 14. (Members' Preview Day is Saturday, April 13. Members, read about Winter Walking here.) You'll see exciting changes, including more space for plant sales, reconfigured parking, and a new Hop Brook bridge and boardwalk. (The last is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council.) Staff members whose work does not require them to be at the Garden have relocated to offices nearby in Wayland, MA (see new address and phone numbers here). The move enables us to create the additional space. Thanks to all whose generosity makes these changes possible!

Photo: Garden in the Woods visitors, © Melissa Blackall/Wildlinks

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It's Awards Season—Nominate Native Plant Heroes by March 1!

Native Plant Trust bestows three awards for outstanding achievement. Please send in your nominations for all awards by March 1, using the linked forms. See more information in the bottom box of this page.

Founders’ Medal: For exceptional leadership and achievement in the conservation and promotion of healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Complete the nomination form here.

Regional Impact Award: For exceptional leadership and achievement in native plant conservation, horticulture, or education in New England. Complete the nomination form here.

Volunteer Service Award: For outstanding service to Native Plant Trust. Complete the nomination form here.

Photo: 2023 Volunteer Service Award winner Ted Elliman, Liza Green © Native Plant Trust

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Native Plant Trust in the News

Director of Conservation Michael Piantedosi coauthored an article about our Conserving Plant Diversity in New England report in the February issue of Public Garden Magazine. Director of Horticulture Uli Lorimer is featured as an expert source in this recent Washington Post article, "How to Get a More Eco-friendly Yard, One Season at a Time." Martha Stewart devoted a recent blog post to Uli's presentation to the Bedford (NY) Garden Club. And Uli's June 2023 appearance on the Native Plants, Healthy Planet podcast rated #6 of the show's top 10 most popular episodes of all time! Closer to home, MetroWest Daily News recently took a pre-season peek at our new Hop Brook bridge.

Illustration by Emily Sabens © The Washington Post

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Meet Our New CEO

Join Native Plant Trust in welcoming Tim Johnson as our new chief executive officer, following the retirement of Executive Director Debbi Edelstein in January. Tim assumes this new title after previously serving as the director of the botanic garden and professor of practice at Smith College. Tim has already started applying his leadership experience to deliver impact in ecological horticulture, conservation, and education.—Bill Huyett, Chair, Board of Trustees

Read more about Tim here. Read Bill's farewell to Debbi here.


Photo: Tim Johnson, © Sam Masinter

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Acknowledging the Homelands of Indigenous Communities

Through our IDEA process, Native Plant Trust has composed a statement acknowledging the history of Indigenous people on the lands we hold in trust.

To read the statement, please click here.

Photo: Nasami Farm, Whately, MA, © Native Plant Trust

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Our 2024 Native Plant Price List—and a Request for Volunteers

Go from garden dreaming to garden planning in one step: Download this season's plant list on our Buy Native Plants page and use it as an order form. Pre-order your plants now for pick-up after the Garden Shops at Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm open in April! This year's plant list also includes a link to our Garden Plant Finder for each species, so you can see if your site has the right conditions for the plants you like. See full instructions about how to order plants using this list on the Buy Native Plants page.

As we get ready for the garden season, our native plant sales staff needs your muscle! Volunteer to help unload plant shipments at Garden in the Woods between March 14 and April 12, and at Nasami Farm between April 15 and April 25, and we will reward you with 25% plant order discount! To volunteer, please email shop@NativePlantTrust.org. Thank you!

Photo: Mountain laurel flower (Kalmia latifolia), Dan Jaffe Wilder © Native Plant Trust