Nurseries & Sources of Native Plants

Here are some of our favorite nurseries. There is no single nursery with a comprehensive supply of native plants of all types and sizes, so expect to use a variety of sources. When searching for specific species, we highly recommend contacting any nursery ahead of time to check their availability.

It helps to do your homework on native species before heading to the nursery. The labeling of natives in the trade is getting better, but is not comprehensive or always accurate. (Sometimes native plant hybrids, bred by crosses with non-natives, are mislabeled as "native.") And in the end, any plant selection process benefits from time taken to research the origin, characteristics and suitability of the species, before jumping in to make the purchase.

Retail Nurseries: Exclusively Native Plants

  • New England Wild Flower Society
    Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701 | 508-877-7630 x3601
    Nasami Farm, Whately, MA | 413-397-9922

    Sells perennials, ferns, and grasses, along with some smaller trees and shrubs. Great source for New England wildflowers, especially some of the harder to find species such as lady-slippers and trilliums.  Garden in the Woods is open seasonally from April to October except on Mondays; Nasami hours are much more limited. Check their schedule.

Retail: Good Selection of Native Plants Included in their Offerings

  • Bigelow Nurseries
    455 West Main Street, Northboro, MA 01532 | 508-845-2143
    Retail and wholesale.
    A large nursery with a good selection of native trees and shrubs in larger sizes. Many are grown locally in their own fields. They also offer a good selection of native perennials, ferns, and grasses. Native and non-native plants are not segregated.
  • Russell's Garden Center
    379 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Wayland, MA 01778 | 508-358-2283
    Retail and wholesale.
    Offer a good selection of native perennials, ferns and grasses, and some native trees and shrubs. Carries the Van Berkum lines, and are helpful in ordering native perennials not in stock, if available.
  • Sylvan Nursery
    1028 Horseneck Road, Westport, MA 02790 | 508-636-4573
    Primarily wholesale serving landscape professionals. Retail customers welcome but plant selection is self service.
    Large selection of native trees and shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses. Native New England wetland plants are located separately. Otherwise, natives and non-natives are not segregated. Noted for species appropriate to SE Mass and the Cape.
  • Weston Nurseries
    93 East Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 | 508-435-3414
    160 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824  |  978-349-0055
    Retail and wholesale.Weston Nurseries Native Plant List
    Offers a large selection of plant material, both native and non-native. Their website allows one to search their inventory for plants "Native to eastern US" or "Native to NE."

Retail: Sources of Native Plant Seed

  • Toadshade Wildflower Farm
    53 Everittstown Road, Frenchtown, NJ. 08825  |
    Specializing in seeds native to the northeastern United States, as well as nursery grown and propagated perennials. Most have a provenance from New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania. Order online or by fax.

Wholesale Nurseries or Minimum Orders Required

  • Colonial Seed Company
    Windsor, CT 06095  | 413-355-0200
    Sales to the trade intended for larger scale restoration, planting, or seeding projects.
    Seeds, seed mixes, and plugs of many native New England grasses, sedges, rushes, and some forbs. Great source for projects involving wetland protection, native plant restoriation, erosion control, or agricultural preservation.
  • New England Wetland Plants
    820 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-548-8000
    Minimum order = $250. Order must be placed in advance of pick-up.
    Specializing in wetland species for large-scale installations and restoration projects, grown from locally collected seed. Trees and shrubs run small (#1 or #2 containers); herbaceous plants are 2" plugs sold in flats. Native seed mixes available.
  • New Moon Nursery
    Bridgeton, NJ 08302  |  888-998-1951 
    Minimum order = $250. Will ship by UPS, making their plants readily accessible to us in Massachusetts.
    A high-quality supplier of native plant plugs— perennials, ferns, and grasses of the eastern US. Some local nurseries buy these plugs to grow out their retail stock. If you are working on a larger project that can use plugs, this is a great source.
  • Pierson Nurseries
    291 Waterhouse Road, Dayton, ME  |
    Wholesale to the trade only.
    An extensive nursery with an especially good selection of native trees and shrubs, and a substantial number of perennial species as well. Approiximately one-third to one-half of their production and inventory represents native species.
  • Rhody Native
    Kingston, RI 02881  |  401-874-5807
    Wholesale only. Retail availability through other vendors in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
    Working to preserve the genetic diversity of Rhode Island's native plants, they grow numerous species of grasses, perennials, shrubs, trees and vines, available wholesale as plugs. Check their website for details on retail locations that sell their stock.
  • Sudbury Nurseries West
    81 Ben Hale Road, Gill, MA 01354 | 413-863-9898
    Minimum order = $250. Order must be placed in advance of pick-up.
    One of the largest growers of native plants in the state, specializing in native trees and shrubs propagated from locally collected seed or cuttings. These are available B&B in larger specimen sizes and/or as smaller plants in containers.
  • Van Berkum Nursery — New England and Appalachian Woodlanders® or New England Meadows
    Deerfield, NH 03037 | 603-463-7663
    Wholesale sales to the trade only. Their plants are available retail through many area nurseries.
    Primarily herbaceous perennials, both native and non-native. Noted for developing three distinct lines of native plants— the New England Woodlanders® (shade plants native to New England), Appalachian Woodlanders® (shade plants native to the southern Appalachian region but still hardy in New England), and the New England Meadows line (plants native to New England that grow in sunny conditions).


We are seeking to expand this page to include other nurseries that offer a very good selection of native plants to the public, and that will help customers procure them. If you represent such a nursery in Massachusetts or the surrounding region, please contact us so that we can learn more about your operations. If you are a customer of the nurseries listed and have feedback, we welcome your comments and and would love to hear about your experience.