Public Gardens Featuring Native Plants

Connecticut College Arboretum, Native Plants Collection. The main entrance is located west of the Williams Street gate to the campus. This collection primarily features trees and shrubs native to eastern North America. It also includes a wildflower garden, outdoor theater, pond, Buck Lodge and the Bolleswood Natural Area.

Garden in the Woods, Native Plant Trust, Framingham, MA. In a unique botanic garden visitors often describe as magical, you’ll find a naturalistic plant collection that showcases New England native plants with complementary specimens from across the country.

Cohen Woodlands Butterfly-Pollinator Garden, Colchester, CT. This beautiful pollinator garden is surrounded by open natural habitat meadows, marshlands and streams. It’s a perfect place for a summer stroll and enjoy a picnic under the nearby gazebo.

Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, NY, Innisfree is about the individual’s experience in nature. Inviting exploration and even contemplation. Lester Collins’ sweeping landscape merges the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. Reservations required.

John Thatcher Native Garden, Fishers Island, NY, The garden was designed and planted specifically to encourage the use of native plants by “demonstrating” how native plants would look in a formal garden setting.

Highstead, Redding, CT, Highstead’s mission is to increase the pace of land protection in New England and beyond through science, sound stewardship and collaboration with diverse partners.   Two miles of trails are open to the public, so that visitors can appreciate a variety of plant and animal communities in the course of a modest hike: oak forest, mature stands of mountain laurel, forested swamp, a 3-acre pond, wildflower meadow, a collection of azaleas.

New York Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Garden, Bronx NY, This 3.5 acre garden celebrates the beauty of plants native to northeastern North America. Nearly 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses were planted in a carefully planned contemporary design that harmonizes with the natural landscape.

New York Botanical Garden’s Thain Family Forest, Bronx, NY, This is the largest uncut expanse of New York’s original wooded landscape. The Forest remains a magnificent reminder of the beauty and resilience of nature in the face of complex human-caused disturbances. To preserve the Forest for future generations the Garden manages invasive species, plants native plants, and performs research.

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