Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

April, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

The Garden in the Woods
The Garden in the Woods, the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in North Framingham, MA, reopened for the 2012 season on April 14. Open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays, the gardens are an ever-changing living museum with more than 1000 native plant species, including many rare and endangered native specimens. The Garden Shop and Visitor Center at the Society's headquarters are open as well. There you can purchase nursery propagated and locally grown native plants, as well as tools, compost, and everything you need to plant an environmentally sustainable garden. For more information, visit or call 508-877-7630.


Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast
The blossoms of wildflowers are treasured at any time of the year, but those of spring wildflowers are especially welcome after the cold of a New England winter and the drabness of mud season. If you'd like to learn more about about the identification and natural history of these delightful plants, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast by Carol Gracie (Princeton University Press, 2012,$29.95) is a wonderful resource. In addition to providing more than 500 photographs illustrating the plants and concepts discussed in the text, this book also explores the lore and cultural uses of more than 35 species of spring-flowering natives. Author Gracie is a naturalist, photographer, and writer who was for many years an educator and tour leader with the New York Botanical Garden. Let her take you on a literary and photographic tour of our region's spring wildflowers, then go out in the woods and fields to enjoy them in wild!


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