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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Garden Clubs

Mission: The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.

Results: Founded in 1900 as the Society for the Protection of Native Plants, New England Wild Flower Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 25 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. The Society also operates a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and has seven sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public.

Target demographics: monitoring and protecting rare and endangered plants, and helping citizens conserve, promote, and learn to value our regions's native plants

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 students; 20,000 visitors to Garden in the Woods; and region wide 3,500 members.

Geographic areas served: every county, in every state in New England

Programs: the Plant Conservation Volunteers, certificate studies in native plant horticulture and botany, over 150 classes/courses/field trips for families and adults, teach-the-teacher workshops in Go Botany, and six annual internships in conservation and horticulture.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The New England Wild Flower Society helps our business tremedously (Connelly Lawn and Garden, in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania) by providing on-going education and information regarding the benefits of native and wildlife plantings.

Regina21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a home gardener who is dedicated to using native plants, the New England Wild Flower Society is an invaluable resource for me. Their educational programs are outstanding, and the online plant ID tool GO Botany is extremely useful. Perhaps the most exciting thing about NEWFS for me is the opportunity to go see how various plants look in the landscape at different times of year, so that I have an idea of which plants I might want to use at home, or what types of habitat and growing conditions best suit which plants. The birds and insects of my backyard are grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New England Wild Flower Society provides opportunities to both learn about our natural world and to support research that contributes to the conservation of our native landscape. My experience with New England Wild Flower Society has been through courses in native plant identification and conservation, as plant conservation volunteer and on walks through the Garden in the Woods. These experiences have enriched my life and provided many hours of enjoyment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The New England Wild Flower Society maintains beautiful gardens but does so much more. It has a new series of great online education classes that teach about plant identification and landscape design. The NEWFS is leading the way on seed banking to protect the biodiversity of New England native plants. It has a wonderful community of dedicated members and volunteers, and extremely dedicated staff.

Advisor

Rating: 5

NEWFS is the only nonprofit conservation organization that actively works across the northeast US to protect and preserve plant biodiversity. Increasingly they are considering how climate change will affect our native flora and taking steps to evaluate innovative ways to address this issue. Since plants are the basis for any healthy ecosystem, I appreciate their dedication to ensuring a healthy environmental foundation. I highly recommend the Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm as a place of inspiration, learning and resource for maintaining native flora on our own private properties.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many years ago I began enjoying the Garden in the Woods, then taking classes and field trips to learn more about New England native plants. The New England Wild Flower Society is the most active conservation organization totally commited to conserving New England native plants by preserving seeds and providing education to the public to PLANT NATIVE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The New England Wild Flower Society not only has the beautiful and informative Garden in the Woods highlighting native woodland plants but also does important research into plants. Their foundational work in native plant science is relied on by many other conservation organizations. They are really doing something to address climate change and its impact on the New England landscape and habitats. They do field conservation studies, intermediations in locally endangered plants, have a very important seed banking operation, and much more. They sponsor terrific education programs and seminars to teach about the important role of native plants and their conservation. This is all critical right now as global warming threatens the survivability of many local plant species, especially cold-adapted plants. They are really doing a lot to save our landscapes and ensure healthy biological diversity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The best organization working on native New England plants. Makes serious scientific contributions along with being a huge asset to the community at large, especially through their plant propagation efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New England Wildflower Society is passionate about saving endangered plants (which many people forget about) and teaching botany. NEWFS is well organized, maintains a beautiful nature preserve, and offers numerous classes in botany and horticulture for both children and adults. The classes and field trips are interesting and relevant. As a Plant Conservation Volunteer, I travel around Massachusetts helping identify endangered plant populations and collect seeds from those populations for the NEWFS seed bank so these endangered plants are lost forever. NEWFS helps me feel I'm making a difference.

Laura A M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEWFS has been a wealth of information for me and a big part of my life. I work in the horticulture industry and turn to NEWFS often for information.