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Local Places of Interest

Garden In The Woods, headquarters of the New England Wildflower society where rare and endangered wildflowers and plant life grow.

Founded in 1974, The Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. Administered by the Office of the Provost of Harvard University and a link in Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks, the Arnold Arboretum is a unique blend of respected research institution and beloved public landscape. We provide and support world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of trees.

The Worcester County Horticultural Society operates Tower Hill Botanic Garden as its headquarters on a 132 acre site in Boylston, Massachusetts.

Horticultural Organizations

The GCFM is a charter member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs Inc. representing over 13,000 members and 185 clubs. The theme for 2003-2004 is Be Aware, Be Involved & Be Educated. Check out this website to see what the Federation can offer NGC members.

Sponsors of the New England Spring Garden Show, Elm Bank Horticultural Center. Dedicated to encouraging and improving the science & practice of horticulture.

The American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the genus Rhododendron. Members' experience ranges from novice to expert. Society activities include public education, flower shows, seed exchanges, scientific studies, and communication through publications and local and national meetings.

The American Hemerocallis Society, Inc. (AHS) is a non-profit organization. The AHS is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, and especially to promote, encourage, and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis and public interest therein. They have a large display of the daylilies they have bred at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's grounds at Elm Bank in Wellesley.

After the demise, in 2011, of the American Clematis Society, its founder, Edith Malek, started her own blog on clematis where she continues to educate American gardeners about how they grow as well as how to care for them.

Check out what’s going on in the Boston area, articles & news, trivia and more


University of Massachusetts soil testing service. It is always helpful to find out what your soil needs.

Find plants by common or scientific name, or by your site characteristics. They also have links to virtual campus plant walks at UConn, Conn College, UMass, URI and UVT.

North Carolina State University's Wildflower database.

Missouri botanical Garden's Gardening Help page. Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. The Plant Finder is awesome.

The USDA has a list of all the plants in the USA searchable by scientific or common name, with maps and whether they are introduced or native, weedy and in which states, usual habitat, etc, etc.

The New England Wildflower Society has a datebase of all the plants in New England with a key for IDing those mystery plants.

GardenWeb hosts forums, garden exchanges, contests, a plant database, the Web's largest garden-related glossary articles and online catalogs.

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