Native Plants: Native plants grow fast, are drought tolerant and live in harmony with our ecosystem attracting pollinators of all kinds.

  • Bloodroot
  • Geranium Maculatum
  • Yellow ladies slipper
  • Urularia Sessilifolia - "understory"
  • Amenonella
  • Jack in the pulpit
  • May apple
  • Rhododendron vaseyi
  • American dogwood
  • Ostrich fern
  • Summersweet
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Winterberry (need male and female plants)
  • Hamamelis Virginiana - attracts pollinators in Nov and Dec!
  • Cardinal flower  - attracts hummingbirds
  • Service berry
  • Cornus Florida - a type of dogwood that attracts 117 species of moths and butterflies!
  • Swamp milkweed
  • Purple milkweed
  • Butterfly milkweed
  • Whorled milkweed


COMPLETE LIST HERE:  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/species-information-and-conservation/rare-plants/native-shrubs-for-plantings-as-wildlife-food.html


Places to buy native plants - Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA.  They sell only native plants and it is a great day out! http://www.newfs.org/visit/Garden-in-the-Woods

 
Prohibited list of plants in MA from Dept of Agricultural Resources.(no nurseries should be selling these and people should remove from yards if possible) http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/farm-products/plants/massachusetts-prohibited-plant-list.html

  • Garlic Mustard - in every backyard! Why it is so bad The only way it can be successfully destroyed is by putting it in a solid waste bag so basically suffocating it.  Otherwise it will continue growing - Garlic Mustard a.k.a. Alliaria petiolata, shown below 

4/3/17: Today we took samples of soil to be tested at U Mass Amherst for nutrients and contaminants. They must be completely dry before mailing off.

Welcome to our 
Sanborn Garden

Sanborn

PTO

Students start the initial planting of seeds in the winter - these seeds typically grow in Mrs Hunter-Jones's room under a heat lamp before being transferred to the school garden in Springtime.