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


Places to buy native plants - Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA.  They sell only native plants and it is a great day out!

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)

  • 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 

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.

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