We’re lucky to have two great non-profits focused on native plant gardening and ecological landscaping located here in eastern Massachusetts. Both offer educational programs, plant sales, and lots of good information about native plants on their websites:
● Grow Native Massachusetts
● Native Plant Trust (formerly New England Wild Flower Society)
Other organizations (statewide, regionally, and nationally) supporting this work and with good information are:
● Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
● National Wildlife Federation
● Ecological Landscape Alliance
● National Audubon Society
● Pollinator Partnership
● Pollinator Pathways Northeast
Locally, pollinator enthusiasts in Belmont, Arlington, Medford, Lexington, and surrounding communities formed the group Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways in 2020 to promote native plants and create more pollinator habitats in our region. They meet the second Tuesday of the month by Zoom and all are welcome. Follow them on Facebook.
Also recently, several regional pollinator groups, including Mystic Charles Pollinator Pathways, have joined with the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) to launch the Massachusetts Pollinator Network, a statewide hub for native pollinator protection, information, and action.
You may also want to check out the activities of the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, which in addition to their land conservation and stewardship focus, has recently launched the Lincoln Pollinator Action Plan. Their work on designing native habitats to restore endangered bee populations is very inspiring and provides a model for what could be done in other communities as well.