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The native plant movement is gaining traction in much of the U.S. — and that is fantastic! It can still be difficult, though, to source local native plants and seeds; so to help, we’ve carefully curated the following directory of where to buy northeastern native plants by state, including:

  • Wholesale and retail nurseries that specialize in or include a wide selection of native plants
  • Native plant sales hosted by nonprofits and co-ops annually or seasonally

While we include the highest quality plant nurseries in this directory, it is still important that you do your own research to find out what native plants are in stock, if the plants are grown from seed, and if the nurseries use organic growing practices.

See our Navigating the Nurseries blog post for a comprehensive list of considerations that you might ask about when you shop.

Depending on where you live, you might need to look beyond your region for high-quality plants and seeds, so we have included sources outside of the Northeast as well.

This directory is not comprehensive, and there are other well-known establishments that sell native seeds and plants. If you know of a nursery that you think we should add, please let us know for our consideration.

Page header photo Cayte McDonough © Native Plant Trust

 

Connecticut

Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery
Woodbury, CT
Native herbaceous and woody plants, grown from wild-type seed.

Native: A Native Plant Nursery
Fairfield, CT
Retail and wholesale native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses and wildflowers.

Maine

Blue Aster Native Plants
South China, ME
Retail nursery that propagates organic, seed-grown native perennials and shrubs. Wholesale prices may be available for professionals.

Burnt Meadow Nursery
Brownfield, ME
Wholesale only. Family-owned native propagation nursery and certified organic blueberry farm. Specializes in native trees and shrubs grown from local seeds and cuttings.

Ellsworth Garden Club
Ellsworth, ME
Annual spring plant sale.

Fedco Trees
Clinton, ME
All plants are Maine-grown, with a substantial selection of native bare-root trees, shrubs and some native herbaceous species. Mail order autumn through winter for spring shipment. Not exclusively native, but a great local cooperative with growers that supply mostly organically grown plants.

Fernwood
Montville, ME
Family-owned nursery that specializes in propagating woodland and shade-tolerant plants. Not exclusively native, and they grow many cultivars and exotic plants, so ask for their selection of natural native species.

Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District
Rockport, ME
Annual spring plant sale. Mostly natives.

Maine Audubon
Falmouth & Holden, ME
Annual late-spring and summer plants for sale. Order online for curbside pick-up June through August at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth and Fields Pond in Holden. All natives.

Native Gardens of Blue Hill
Blue Hill, ME
Annual spring plant sale. All natives.

Native Haunts
Alfred, ME
Small nursery selling seed-grown Maine native trees, shrubs, perennials and seeds. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers used.

Pierson Nurseries
Biddeford, ME
Wholesale only. A large, traditional horticultural nursery that has expanded to include many native species, especially trees and shrubs. Since they sell many cultivars and exotic plants, ask for their seed-grown native species and request pesticide free plants.

Rebel Hill Farm
Liberty, ME
Small family-owned nursery that sells field-grown and certified organic perennials and specializes in native plants and medicinal herbs. Plants are also sold through other vendors: Belfast Co-op, Urban Gardens in Topsham, Eldridge Lumber in York, Sheepscot General, and Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor.

Rebel Hill Farm sometimes co-hosts native plant sales, like their May 2021 plant sale with Scarborough Land Trust. Visit their website for more information.

Ripley Farm
Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Family-owned organic farm that grows native perennial plants for sale through pre-orders, an annual plant sale  and wholesale through Fedco. They hope to soon sell native perennials online, to be shipped throughout Maine. Not exclusively native.

5 Star Orchard
Brooklin, ME
Certified organic fruit tree and seed-grown native perennial nursery.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm
Wells, ME
Volunteer-run plant sales support projects including: maintaining the native plant gardens, all-seasons garden, and providing educational workshops. Over 30 species of seed-grown native wildflowers will be sold.

Wild Seed Project
Portland, ME
Northeast native wild-type seeds available through an online store. Member-hosted annual September plant sale. All plants organically grown from seed.

Massachusetts

A Wing and a Prayer Nursery
Cummington, MA
Offers native wildflowers and grasses, and less commonly available species, as well as some woody plants grown locally by others.

City Natives
The Trustees
Mattapan, MA
Seasonal retail nursery and annual autumn plant sale. Mostly native.

Grow Native Massachusetts
Waltham, MA
Annual spring plant sale. All natives.

Helia Native Nursery
Alford, MA
Nursery that grows a wide variety of native perennials, trees and shrubs, and preserves native genotypes through seed banking.

Kohl Gardens
Wendel, MA
Small native plant nursery specializing in a variety of woody and herbaceous plants grown from local and wild-type seeds.

Native Plant Trust
Retail and wholesale landscape plugs and containers of seed-grown native wildflowers, grasses, ferns, shrubs, trees and vines at two locations:

  • Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Nasami Farm, Whately, MA
    • Contract grows native plugs for restorations and nonprofit organizations

New England Wetland Plants, Inc.
Amherst, MA
Wholesale only. Conservation grade native trees, shrubs, ferns, herbaceous plants and bulk seed mixes for the northeast. Specializes in wetland plants.

Minnesota

Prairie Moon Nursery
Winona, MN
Mail order native Minnesota eco-type seeds and organically grown plugs and bare-root plants.

New Hampshire

Bagley Pond Perennials
Warner, NH
A certified organic native perennial farm. Mail order and pick up.

NH State Forest Nursery
State forestry nursery that propagates bare-root native tree and shrub seedlings from seed for spring shipment.

Van Berkum Nursery
Deerfield, NH
Sales to trade only. A selection of native perennials are sold through retail nurseries and garden centers throughout New England. Check their native offerings and ask your local nursery to special order the species you want. Not exclusively native.

New Jersey

New Moon Nursery
Woodstown, NJ
Wholesale only. Landscape plugs of northeast native perennials, ferns and grasses, including cultivars and native natural species.

Pinelands Nursery
Columbus, NJ
Wholesale only. Supplies native plants for environmental restorations throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. With seed collection in New Jersey, Virginia and New York, Pinelands propagates plants that are genetically adapted to local conditions.

Toadshade Wildflower Farm
Frenchtown, NJ
Nursery-grown and propagated native perennial plants and seeds. Most seed is collected in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania

North Creek Nurseries
Landenberg, PA
Wholesale only. A large propagation nursery that sells landscape plugs of perennials, grasses, ferns, vines and shrubs, with a wide selection of eastern U.S. native plants, including cultivars and native natural species. Ask for pesticide-free plants. Not exclusively native.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society
Saunderstown, RI
Annual spring plant sale. All natives.

Rhody Native
Kingston, RI
A native plant initiative of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS). Works directly with local nurseries and garden centers to build the state’s capacity to produce native plants for landscape design and restoration. Retail customers can purchase plants at a number of Rhode Island nurseries and at Rhode Island Wild Plant Society sales.

Vermont

Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery
Poultney, VT
Partners with The Nature Conservancy and Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District to sell bare-root and container-grown native seedlings from local seed stock in the Champlain Valley. Annual spring plant sale offers bare-root native trees and shrubs.

Intervale Conservation Nursery
Burlington, VT
Native, locally sourced trees and shrubs grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides for conservation projects. They also provide planting services for riparian restoration and stormwater management projects.

Northeast Pollinator Plants
Fairfax, VT
Family-owned mail order nursery with online storefront selling mostly native perennials, all organically grown. Plants can also be picked up at River Berry Farm.

Vermont Wetland Plant Supply
Orwell, VT
Wholesale only. Native herbaceous plants, ferns, shrubs and trees. Offers seed mixes for stormwater management as well as ecological restoration projects. Plants grown from seeds and cuttings collected in Vermont (or specified provenance in northeast and midwestern states if in short supply in Vermont).

Wisconsin

Prairie Nursery
Westfield, WI
Mail order native plants and seeds, of midwestern eco-type. Has a large selection of genetically diverse plants and seeds grown by experienced propagators. One of the original native plant nurseries that was started by plant ecologists.

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