Recommended Websites

Native Plant & Seed Sources 

Bagley Pond Perennials 
A certified organic native native perennial farm in Warner, NH selling pollinator safe native plants that are true natives and not cultivars via mail order or pickup. Individual plants, garden kits with design templates, and native plant collections for different sun and soil conditions are available. 

Bigelow Nurseries

A nursery in Northboro, MA that has a large selection of native trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Blue Stem Natives

A women-owned native plant nursery and garden center in Norwell, MA focused on increasing accessibility and knowledge of native plants in New England. Started in 2021, they carry an extensive selection of native perennials, shrubs, and plant collections available for purchase as kits.

Earth Tones Native Plants

A native plant nursery in Woodbury, CT that offer grasses, ferns, perennials, shrubs, and trees that are native to New England. They do NOT ship plants, but as a nursery considered to be one of the best in New England, a special trip could well be worth it. 

Ernst Conservation Seed

A large collection of native seeds, including specially curated mixes for particular site requirements.

Grow Native Massachusetts

A large selection of native plants are for purchase at their annual June plant sale; the website also has a very comprehensive list of resources and educational materials about the importance of native plants to local ecosystems.

Native Plant Trust

Native plants can be purchased and observed in natural habitat at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA; the website also has tools to choose the right plant for a particular site and very comprehensive information about native plants and ecosystems.

Northeast Pollinator Plants

An online regional provider of native and naturalized perennials, and a few shrubs, that have been carefully selected to ensure each is of special value to native bees, including bumblebees. They only sell to New England and New York states. Shipping is free for any combination of 13 or more plants. 

 

Russell's Garden Center

A garden center in Wayland, MA that carries many common native perennial species.

Wild Seed Project

Wild native seeds ethically collected in Maine are sold by mail order, and the website is a great general resource for native plants, building healthy, diverse ecosystems, and how to “rewild” your yard.

Landscape Professionals

Bransfield Tree

A full spectrum tree service company that offers a variety of services including pruning, selecting the right tree, and ecologically responsible land management practices including invasives removal and site prep for lawn to garden conversions. 

Ecological Landscape Alliance

ELA’s commitment to innovative ideas and evidence-based practices has made the organization both a trusted resource and a vibrant community of landscape professionals and devoted gardeners. The website has a helpful search feature to identify local ELA certified landscapers.

 

EcoQuiet Lawn Care

An eco-friendly lawn care service that uses electric equipment and organic practices to provide clients with full-service landscaping while caring for the earth.

Natural Selections Garden Design

Designing gardens and landscapes using native plants in and around Weston, MA since 2006.

Organic Soil Solutions

The Organic Soil Solutions program is a completely organic and proactive approach to plant and soil health care that renews, revitalizes, corrects, and conditions the soil, resulting in healthy, thriving trees, shrubs, and lawns.

Pumpkin Brook Organic Landscaping

Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening, Inc. provides organic land care services in northwest suburban Boston, including MetroWest.

 

Related Local Organizations

Concord Sustainable Landscape Handbook

A wonderful resource for learning how to create, install, and maintain an environmentally friendly landscape on your own unique property.

Great Barrington Pollinator Action Plan

One of the most comprehensive town-wide movements to rehabilitate pollinator habitat and biodiversity in Massachusetts.

Grow Native Massachusetts

A large selection of native plants are for purchase at their annual June plant sale; the website also has a very comprehensive list of resources and educational materials about the importance of native plants to local ecosystems.

Lincoln Land Conservation Trust

Many useful pollinator resources, including their Town Pollinator Action Plan to restore biodiversity and climate resilience in Lincoln, Toolkits for creating and maintaining pollinator preservation habitat in a variety of landscapes, and several case study demonstration gardens.

Native Plant Trust

Native plants can be purchased and observed in natural habitat at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA; the website also has tools to choose the right plant for a particular site and very comprehensive information about native plants and ecosystems.

Native Pollinator Task Force

Restoring and conserving native pollination systems by providing the specific habitat requirements and reducing threats for at-risk pollinators in the 36 communities of the Metrowest Conservation Alliance (MCA). Their Toolkit is a comprehensive list of resources for learning more about conserving native pollinator systems and planting for at-risk pollinator species.

Sustainable Wellesley

An all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that engages residents, businesses and the Town of Wellesley to take sustainable actions to protect our climate; reduce pollution of air, land and water; preserve biodiversity; minimize waste; and ensure environmental justice.

Sustainable Weston Action Group

A citizen action group with a vision for a sustainable and healthy Town of Weston, with engaged citizens committed to a thriving community, today and in the future. The parent organization of the WPPA.

Wellesley Natural Resources Commission

Supports many ongoing efforts to protect Wellesley’s green spaces, sets policies for pesticide use and pest management, and provides resources for residents to adopt sustainable, pollinator-friendly landscaping practices. 

 

Other Great Websites

Beecology Project 

A web-based app developed by Dr. Robert Gegear's lab to protect our native pollinators through the power of citizen science.

Center for Biological Diversity 

We believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants and work to secure a future for species hovering on the brink of extinction.

Grow Native Massachusetts

A large selection of native plants are for purchase at their annual June plant sale; the website also has a very comprehensive list of resources and educational materials about the importance of native plants to local ecosystems.

Homegrown National Park

Homegrown National Park™ is a term coined by Doug Tallamy in his book Nature's Best Hope, a call-to-action to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function planting native plants and creating new ecological networks. “Our National Parks, no matter how grand in scale are too small and separated from one another to preserve species to the levels needed.  Thus, the concept for Homegrown National Park, a bottom-up call-to-action to restore habitat where we live and work, and to a lesser extent where we farm and graze, extending national parks to our yards and communities.”

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Plant Database

The Botanic Garden of Texas promotes its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its internationally recognized sustainable gardens, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work. Great resources include a comprehensive native plant database, many of which are also native to MA.

 

Mass Audubon

Protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife. Many ideas for creating pollinator habitat and visiting demonstration habitat areas throughout their properties.

National Wildlife Fund - Native Plant Finder

Search by zip code to find plants that host the highest numbers of butterflies and moths to feed birds and other wildlife where your live. Based on the research of Doug Tallamy. 

 

Native Plant Trust

Native plants can be purchased and observed in natural habitat at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA; the website also has tools to choose the right plant for a particular site and very comprehensive information about native plants and ecosystems.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Maintains and protects over 5000 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. Many ideas for creating pollinator habitat and visiting demonstration habitat areas throughout their properties.

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.