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Our mission and history

The New England Wild Flower Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. Our mission is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.



Life on Earth depends on plants.

Founded in 1900 as the Society for the Protection of Native Plants, New England Wild Flower Society protects rare native plants through conservation, research, and seed banking. 

The Society is based at Garden in the Woods, a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 25 staff members 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 variety of educational programs. 


The Society also operates a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and owns seven native plant sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public.


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The Society's vital work to conserve native plants and their habitats depends on your support. To learn how you can help, please visit our Conserve,  MembershipSupport, and Volunteer pages.

last modified April 25, 2016