Native Plant Trust

Celebrate Native Plants

From the Wild to Your Backyard

Viburnum nudum fruit - DJaffe

Winter Walking at the Garden

Garden in the Woods is closed to the public until spring. If you are a Native Plant Trust member at the Individual with Garden Access level or higher, come and enjoy Winter Walking at the Garden, Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays), until March 27, 2020. Check in and out at the Administration building with your membership card. To join, renew, or upgrade your membership, call 508-877-7630 x3104 or click here. NOTICE: Wednesday, November 13, city road trucks are blocking the entrance to Hemenway Road and Garden in the Woods. We don't know how long the entrance will be unavailable, but winter walkers, please call the switchboard before setting out: 508-877-7630 x0.

Eleocharis quadrangulata seeds

The Exquisite Anatomy of Seeds

In nature, beauty and function go hand-in-hand, as our class Seed Anatomy reveals. On Thursday, December 5 (1-4 p.m.), Director of Conservation Michael Piantedosi illuminates seed anatomy and explains the function behind the exquisite form of especially beautiful seeds. Register here to join this unique experience, at Garden in the Woods. 

This class qualifies for CEUs with MALP, MCLP, NOFA, and AOLCP, and as an elective in all our certificate programs/education/certificate-programs/

Photo: Seeds of square-stemmed spikerush (Eleocharis quadrangulata), Michael Piantedosi © Native Plant Trust

Arthur Haines by Barbara Cariddi, Maine Public Radio

Our Scientists Make News in Maine

In interviews with Research Botanist Arthur Haines and Conservation Director Michael Piantedosi, Maine Public Radio explores why native plants are fundamental to all other life on earth and how Native Plant Trust works to conserve rare species. Read or listen to the story here.

Photo: Arthur Haines in the field near Portland. Barbara Cariddi, Maine Public Radio


Garden Shop Winter Hours

Though Garden in the Woods is closed until April,  members and others may purchase goods in our Visitor Center Garden Shop, Monday–Friday, 10-4, until December 20. When the Garden and offices are closed for holidays, snowstorms, or other reasons, the Garden Shop will also be closed.    

Michael Piantedosi in Whites

Margaret Roach Chats with Michael Piantedosi

The ecological-garden writer and our Director of Conservation discuss invasives, plant conservation, evolution, and more. Read or listen to the interview on Margaret's website,

Monarch on Asclepias incarnata

Learn about Plants, Online

Settle into fall—and armchair learning. Browse our current course offerings, including webinars and multi-session online courses here