Native Plant Finder

For a listing of native plants, ranked in order of their ecological importance specific to your county in MA, this will ask you for your zip code. Remember to plant native perennials in masses. Trees and shrubs have the highest value.

Native Plant Resource Guide

The Project Development Committee of the Groton Garden Club developed a flyer to provide information and resources to help you plant native plants in the garden. This was done as part of the Grow Native campaign, launched by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. As part of the campaign, the Federation introduced the Native Plant Challenge, which supports the Grow Native mission by doing the following:

Supporting a more diverse habitat for native wildlife by promoting the use of native plants on residential and civic properties.

Encouraging gardeners to work with nature, not against it, by providing places to purchase native plants.

Educating garden club members and the public about the important role that native plants play in our ecosystem, by providing informational resources.

The flyer includes suggested native plants from Mass Audubon-recommended books, and sources where you can purchase them. The Project Development Committee invites you to utilize this flyer as you plan your home gardens and the gardens the Groton Garden Club maintains throughout the community.

Native Plant Resource Guide

Resources from Design Lessons from Wild Landscapes

These resources were mentioned at the Trust Fund Lecture presentation by Toby Wolf.

Watch a video replay of the Lecture:  Click Here

Home Gardener Resources – click here

Reading List

Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards by Sara Stein

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded by Douglas Tallamy

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas Tallamy

Native Plants for New England Gardens by Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe


Invasive Plant and Conservation Information

Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List    As of 2009 Massachusetts law prohibits the importation, sale, and propagation of plants determined to be invasive and a threat to Massachusetts habitat and landscape.

Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) Groton, MA

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension-Garlic Mustard  Challenge Training Guide    See this link to support UNH’s fight against invasive garlic mustard.

Horticultural Organizations

Friends of the Tree Warden, Groton – for more information click here

Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Horticultural Society

National Gardening Association

National Garden Clubs

New England Region of Garden Clubs

Native Plant Trust 

Interesting Gardens to Visit

Native Plant Trust, Framingham, MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard, MA


Mayflower Newsletter of the Garden Club Federation of MA