N is for Nasami Farm, the Native plant nursery of the New England Wildflower Society. Founded in 1900 the New England Wildflower Society is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country. “The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.”
The Society owns and oeperates the beautiful Garden in t he Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts which features the largest landscape of native flowers in the northeast. The Society offers programs, sells native plants and has a wonderful gift shop. You, too, can become a member of the Society.
Nasami Farm is located in Whately. Behind the handsome building which contains a small gift shop and classrooms are several large greenhouses where thousands of native plants are propagated and put on sale in the spring, here at Nasami and at the Garden in the Woods. The season will open on April 20.
I have bought any number of beautiful healthy plants at Nasami Farm including Waldsteinia fragarioidies, a thickly spreading groundcover that blooms in the spring. I have planted mine at the edge of our road where I am slowly eliminating lawn. This barrenstrawberry is not a strawberry plant at all. It is so named because the foliage and flowers resemble the strawberry plant. I love the barren strawberry, but I have also bought penstemon and a native rose and tiarella. When I shop at Nasami Farm I know I am helping to maintain the food web, supporting the insects, birds and other wildlife that help keep everything in balance.
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