Native Plant Resource Guide

The Groton Garden Club is participating in a Native Plant Challenge presented by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. The purpose is to bring a greater awareness of the benefits of planting native plants to the public. We are also providing resources to educate and help people in our community discover the great diversity of native plants available for the home garden. As part of the campaign, the Federation is supporting 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.
  • Resources include suggested native plants from Mass Audubon-recommended books, and sources where you can purchase them.
  • Native Plant Resource Guide

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.

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


Mayflower Newsletter of the Garden Club Federation of MA

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 

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

Interesting Gardens to Visit

Native Plant Trust, Framingham, MA

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard, MA

Resources: Natural Control of Pesky Invasive Plants

These resources were mentioned at the 2021 Annual Public Lecture presentation by Michael Nadeau.

Michael Nadeau, presenter

Groton Invasive Species Committee Click here

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

Flour Salt  Click here

0% Horticultural Vinegar, OMRI Listed    Click here

Citric Oil, foodgrade    Click here

Weedwrench/The Uprooter (new name)

JK Injection Tool

3Drip Applicator Bottle  Click here

Blue Dye  Click here

Biodegradable Dish Soap

Seventh Generation:  Click here        Ecover: Click here

Red Dragon Propane Torch – 500,000 BTU  Click here

Goat Rental Companies   

Central Mass Goat Rental:                              

Fraser Farm:

Resources: Design Lessons from Wild Landscapes

These resources were mentioned at the 2020 Annual Public Lecture presentation by Toby Wolf.

Watch a video replay of the Lecture:  Click Here

Home Gardener Resources – click here