The NE Wild Flower Society accomplishes a tremendous amount with a remarkably small staff and budget. They provide detailed knowledge and practical training to numerous other conservation organizations and governmental groups who work to protect our natural resources. They also introduce many people to the beauty and essential ecological function of our native plants through classes, publications, and their beautiful botanic garden, Garden in the Woods. Everyone who cares about protecting nature should be aware of how it all depends on conservation of our plants. It is too bad the Society is not better known, because they are the only organization focused on this critical job in New England and could do more if they had more support.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.