Nurseries and Seed Sources

The nurseries listed here are good suppliers of native plant material, based on our research and site visits. Our decision to include them is an independent editorial one; they are not paying for advertising. We include a broad diversity of suppliers, to serve the different needs of both amateur gardeners and professional landscapers— everything from small one-person operations to large nurseries selling millions of plants each year. If a nursery is both wholesale and retail, we list it under the retail category since these nurseries are open to anyone.

There is no single nursery with a comprehensive supply of native species in all sizes, so expect to use a variety of sources. We highly recommend contacting any nursery ahead of time to check their availability.

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Retail: Small, Very Small & Specialty Nurseries

These are small nurseries that either have limited hours, are open only by appointment, or are exclusively mail order. Some of these suppliers grow straight-species New England genotype native plants as a part, if not all, of their offerings. It is essential to check their websites to learn how they operate and the best methods for purchasing plants.

A Wing and a Prayer Nursery

Primarily native. Open May to October with limited hours, several days per week.

A small nursery growing well over 100 species. Most are native wildflowers or grasses; they also sell some woody plants grown locally by others. Notably, they like to grow multiple species of the same genus, including some of the species less commonly available.

Bagley Pond Perennials

Primarily native. Mail order, shipping from June to September.

Offering a limited number of New England wildflowers, all grown from seed, all straight species plants and no cultivars. Customers can e-mail the nursery to arrange orders for pickup. They also sell at farmer’s markets in New Hampshire.

Bas Rouge Farm & Forge

Exclusively native. Open seasonally. Check website for calendar/locations. Online seed sales (fall).

Small farm selling straight species herbaceous plants, woody shrubs, sapling trees, and seeds native to Maine and the Northeast, using organic methods. Plants sold at the Orono & Bangor Farmers' Markets, and native plant sales throughout ME. Offering design consulting, public presentations, and educational programming. Services in English/Spanish.

Blue Stem Natives

Exclusively native. Open seasonally April through October. Check website for details.

A small nursery offering more than 100 species with an emphasis on perennials, ferns, and grasses. Their inventory (published online) also includes some woodies, both shrubs and trees. Some species are grown from seed; others from stock supplied by wholesale sources.

Butterfly Effect Farm

Exclusively native. Open seasonally. Check site for hours. Online ordering also available.

Located minutes from Horseneck Beach, this farm offers over 100 native species, primarily New England ecotype and grown from seed. They have a large selection of pollinator perennials as well as grasses, ferns, and a growing number of keystone shrubs and trees. Bulk discount available.

Checkerspot Farm

Exclusively native. Open weekends from June to October, or by appointment.

Located on an old farmstead, this small nursery offers around 80 species of seed grown plants, primarily wildflowers and grasses. Pot sizes range from 2” to ¾ gal. Check out their fun wildflower concert t-shirts.

City Natives

Primarily native. Open seasonally. Call to make an appointment, as hours of operation vary.

City Natives is The Trustees’ native plant nursery. They grow and sell plants native to the eastern US, offering a selection of plants well-suited to Boston’s urban and suburban gardens. Check out their annual sale in the fall.

Earth Tones Native Plants

Exclusively native. Open 6 days per week during the growing season (closed Mondays.)

This is one of the largest of the small nurseries, a trek from Massachusetts, but worth it! They grow and sell several hundred species, herbaceous and woody, all propagated from wild collected seed. Sizes range from 1 quart to 5 gallon. A respected source with a landscape architect and a wetlands ecologist on staff.

Helia Native Nursery

Exclusively native. Open only one day per week.

A small nursery growing some of its plants from seed harvested in the Berkshire-Taconic region. Selling many perennials, sedges, grasses and ferns, and some woody plants in small sizes. They also offer seed mixes and educational programs.

King's Tree Farm & Nursery

Many natives. Open seasonally Friday-Sunday, 9-5.

Specializes in native shrubs and trees, with a growing perennial selection. Plants are grown organically, without pesticides or chemicals. Visitors are welcome to explore their oasis in the woods.

Lady Fern Farm

Exclusively native. Pop up sales at farmers markets and local events. Check site for details.

Selection includes over 50 species of seed grown plants, primarily perennials and shrubs, in small pots or as plugs. Also offer garden consultations and seed sowing workshops.

Natural Companions

Primarily native. Order online for pick up.

Plants are grown from local origin seed. Offerings include flowering perennials and grasses with a small selection of trees and shrubs. Nursery is a worker cooperative affiliated with EcoDesigns.

Northeast Pollinator Plants

Mail order sales only. E-mail to discuss availability and orders.

A regional provider of native and naturalized perennials. They ship only to New England states and New York. In addition to individual species, they sell some "collections" for rain gardens, wet meadows, part shade, etc.

Oakhaven Sanctuary

Exclusively native. Open seasonally. Check site for availability and hours.

A small nursery with many species for sale, all organically grown. In addition to wildflowers, ferns, sedges and aquatic plants, they have a broad selection of woody plants. Run by a professional botanist specializing in wetlands ecology and restorations.

Prickly Ed’s Cactus Patch Native Plant Emporium

Primarily native. Open seasonally Apr - Oct. Limited hours. Contact for special orders.

Located right on the MA/RI border, this roadside stand offers native plant plugs in the spring as well as perennials and shrubs in containers throughout the growing season.

Rewild Native Plant Nursery

Exclusively native. Order online for pickup by appointment (delivery available within 10 mi radius).

A small, specialty nursery focusing on plants that are native to Connecticut and the northeast. Most of their plants are grown from locally collected seed using organic methods. They also offer garden consultations.

That's A Plenty Farms

Exclusively native. Open June through October by appointment.

A mature pollinator habitat, established in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2011. Sells a small selection of seedlings and mature plants grown from hand collected seeds (approximately 40 species). Milkweed and Monarch butterflies are a focus. Also sells seeds from the farm in their online store year-round.

The Monarch Gardener

Exclusively native. Open by appointment, plus weekly nursery stand May–Jul. Check site for details.

A small nursery offering 75 native species, primarily seed-grown perennials, with an emphasis on genera that are valuable host plants for caterpillars. Pot sizes range from 1 quart to 1 gallon. A full plant inventory is available on the website.

Tree Talk Natives

  • 157 Vaughan Hill Road, North Field, Rochester, MA 02770

    703-401-1949

Exclusively native. Open seasonally. See website for hours and directions.

Tree Talk grows and sells about 80 species of woody plants, with a particularly excellent selection of trees, as well as 50 wildflower species and a few grasses and sedges. All products are grown without chemicals, and the majority are native to Ecoregion 59 (coastal northeast). Landscape design services also available.

Turkey Hill Brook Farm

Exclusively native. Open weekends by appointment only. Order online for pickup or delivery.

Small farm that sells over 100 species of seed-grown native perennials, vines, grasses, shrubs, and small trees. Selection includes plant species that are important for at-risk bumblebees.


Retail: Large Nurseries & Garden Centers

These suppliers are larger retail operations with regular hours. The majority carry a mix of native and non-native plants. Several of these suppliers are both retail and wholesale. We have included ones with a reliable selection of natives in their inventory.

Bigelow Nurseries

Retail garden center and also a wholesale nursery.

Offering a good selection of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, in a range of sizes from containers to B&B material. They grow many of their own plants.

Blue Moon Farm Perennials

Retail nursery.

Selling mostly perennials with a good selection of natives. Plants native to Rhode Island are identified in their catalog.

Native Plant Trust

  • Garden in the Woods | 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701

    508-877-7630

  • Nasami Farm | 128 North Street, Whately, MA 01093

    413-397-9922

Sells exclusively native plants at both locations. Will also contract grow some species.

Excellent selection of herbaceous plants and small woody plants. Great source for New England wildflowers, especially hard to find species such as Lady's slippers and trilliums.

Russell's Garden Center

Retail garden center.

They offer a good selection of natives, especially perennials, and they may be willing to special order a species if it’s not in stock. They carry Van Berkum-grown native perennials and, starting in 2023, they will also offer plants from Blue Stem Natives.

Sylvan Nursery

Primarily wholesale, but open to retail customers a few days a week.

A large selection of plants in all sizes, including B&B material. Not exclusively native, but a good source especially for southeast MA and Cape gardens. Strong on sand and salt tolerant plants for coastal habitats.

Weston Nurseries

Retail garden center and also a wholesale nursery.

Large selection of plants, some of which are native. Sizes range from 1 gallon perennials up B&B trees.


Seeds & Plugs

These suppliers are mail order businesses that serve all customers, retail and wholesale. Their websites are excellent educational resources, with information about native range, light and moisture requirements, and suggestions for good companion plants.

Ernst Conservation Seeds

Seed.

The largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern US. They sell seed, including seed mixes, for ecological restoration, stormwater management, wildlife support, cover crop use, etcetera.

Prairie Moon Nursery

Seed, plugs and bare root plants.

Over 700 species of native plants for gardening and restoration. Note: seed is collected in Minnesota and surrounding states. A sophisticated website and reliable methods for shipping product.

Toadshade Wildflower Farm

Seed and small plants.

Specializing in native northeast seed, and also selling nursery-grown perennials. Most seed is collected in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania.

Wild Seed Project

New England genotype seed.

All seed collected in Maine. 100+ species of wildflowers, ferns, grasses and shrubs for a variety of habitats. Their magazine, Wild Seed, is a wonderful educational resource.


Wholesale Nurseries

Most of these wholesale nurseries sell to the trade only (landscape designers, contractors, and conservation organizations). A few of them sell to non-trade customers, but require a substantial minimum order. All of them have a good selection of natives, and identify natives in their catalogs.

New England Wetland Plants

Minimum order = $250.

Wetland plants for large-scale installations and restoration projects, grown from locally collected seed. Trees and shrubs sold in gallon containers, herbaceous plants in 2" plugs sold in flats. Native seed mixes available.

New Moon Nursery

Wholesale only. Minimum order required for initial purchase.

A high-quality supplier of native landscape plugs, they grow perennials, ferns, and grasses. About 75% of their species are native to the northeast United States. Their website is a great source of information.

North Creek Nurseries

First order minimum = $500.

A wholesale propagation nursery, they grow plugs of perennials, grasses, ferns, vines and shrubs, with an emphasis on eastern US native plants (although not exclusively native). Their website is a great source of information.

Pierson Nurseries

Sales to the trade only.

Best wholesale nursery in Maine for woody native plants. An extensive selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, in sizes all the way up to B&B. Their inventory categorizes plants as "Native, Pollinator, and Bio-retention."

Planter’s Choice Nursery

Sales to the trade only.

A large generalist nursery with a good selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials, including larger B&B material. They grow wetland plants for ecological restoration projects. Several helpful lists on their website.

Sudbury Nurseries West

Minimum order = $250.

One of the largest growers of native plants in the state, specializing in native trees and shrubs propagated from locally collected seed or cuttings. Sizes range from containers to B&B.

Van Berkum Nursery

Sales to the trade only.

Grower of perennials, offering New England Woodlanders® line for shade plants, and New England Meadows® line for sun-loving plants. See their website for a list of places to buy their plants retail.


Annual Plant Sales of Note

Support conservation organizations and connect with fellow native plant aficionados at these annual sales.

City Natives

Holds an annual sale including many species of native plants along with vegetables and herbs. Quantities are limited. Check their website for details.

Grow Native Massachusetts

Our very own Grow Native sale has become one of the largest annual native plant sales in New England. We typically offer well over 100 species of perennial wildflowers, grasses, ferns, shrubs, trees, and vines. Members at the Advocate level and above are given advance access.

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society

This Society holds three plant sales per year: one in early spring; one in late spring; and another in the fall. Plants come from member donations and seed starter groups, and this is a retail source for Rhody Native grown plants.