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Garden in the Woods Is Closed for the Season

We have closed the Garden gates until early April 2022. Until then, thank you for what was, in so many ways, an extraordinary season. In spite of changes prompted by COVID public-safety rules governing how and when to visit, you showed up in number, some out of longstanding habit, some for the first time, seeking solace in natural beauty during a stressful year. We appreciate your support and wish you a safe and peaceful autumn and winter. 

Members, Winter Walking at the Garden begins on November 1. Please see details on our Member Events page.

Nasami Farm's Garden Shop also is now closed for the season.

Native Plant Trust sanctuaries in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont remain open for your enjoyment. Please avoid crowding at popular sites and also observe the rules to protect the plants

Photo: Autumn at Garden in the Woods, Uli Lorimer ©Native Plant Trust

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Read Our Groundbreaking Report on Plant Diversity

Native Plant Trust and The Nature Conservancy announce Conserving Plant Diversity, a new report that provides a scientific framework and detailed roadmap for conservation action and land protection at the species, habitat, and parcel scales that will save plant diversity—and thus overall biodiversity—in New England as the climate changes. The report analyzes whether more than a century of conservation has protected enough land in the right places to save the region’s plant diversity. It concludes that we need to conserve another 2.3 million acres of climate-resilient land in specific habitats, and it identifies which areas are priorities in each of the six New England states. This technical report and its mapping tool give policy makers, federal and state agencies, and land trusts in each state the detailed information needed to most effectively spend their conservation dollars. Go to the Plant Diversity Report page to read more.


Photo: Spruce-fir habitat, Michael Piantedosi ©Native Plant Trust

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Night of Illumination Is Back!

All our personal members are eligible to purchase tickets to our annual members-only fall event, Night of Illumination. Stroll along paths at Garden in the Woods lit by more than 1,000 luminaria on Thursday, October 28, 2021. There will be food for purchase brought to the Garden by Anzio's Brick Oven Pizzeria food truck. Join us for this wonderful evening filled with intriguing sights and seasonal strolls. Reserve your spot—purchase tickets here.

Photo: Night of Illumination past, ©Native Plant Trust

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Browse Our New Programs

The season ahead is packed with opportunities for adventures, outdoors and in: Experiment with native plant dyes. Explore a glacial landscape in Connecticut and a river marsh complex in Vermont. Learn how to manage invasive plants. So, open your calendar, flip through our new Fall-Winter 2021 Native Plant Programs catalog—or browse its contents online—and sign up for something you didn't have time to do this summer.

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Garden Shop Open—by Appointment

The Garden Shop at Garden in the Woods is closed now for the season, and plant sales have ended. Although we will not be holding regular holiday shopping hours, shoppers seeking garden books and garden-themed home accessories may email nmacon@nativeplanttrust.org to make an appointment. And no matter what the season, you may order gift cards through the same email address. Please include your phone number, and do not send credit-card information via email.


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

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How Somerville, MA, Passed a Native Plant Ordinance

The City of Somerville, MA, recently passed a Native Plant Ordinance requiring that native species are planted on city-owned land. Green & Open Somerville, an organization advocating to improve and increase green space in Somerville, worked for three years with city council members to initiate and draft the ordinance, which the council passed unanimously this spring. Native Plant Trust Horticulturist and Somerville resident David Falk volunteered on the project for more than three years. He explains how Green & Open Somerville persuaded the city to pass the ordinance in this interview (go to second drop-down box).

Photo: Pollinator garden at Somerville's Morse-Kelley School playground, ©David Falk