Explore Native Plant Gardens at Mass Audubon
Experience the beauty of a garden buzzing with pollinating insects and hummingbirds at a wildlife sanctuary near you. Then learn how to create your own pollinator garden at home!
Special Gardens & Other Habitats
Many of our wildlife sanctuaries have specially-managed gardens designed to support wildlife, help manage stormwater runoff, or provide community gardening space.
- Allens Pond in Dartmouth and Westport features a pollinator garden that is a certified MonarchWatch.org waystation.
- Boston Nature Center in Mattapan has a butterfly garden, the Boston Food Forest Coalition's food forest, and the Clark Cooper Community Gardens—the largest and oldest community garden in Boston.
- Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester has butterfly, bird, and rain gardens that provide food and shelter while improving water quality.
- Broadmoor in Natick has a native cultivars garden featuring a carefully chosen selection of nursery cultivated native plants ("nativars").
- Drumlin Farm has several wildlife garden areas, including the gardens at the front entrance and the Mass Audubon Shop with native perennials.
- Ipswich River in Topsfield offers a butterfly garden and a bird habitat garden.
- Felix Neck in Edgartown has a butterfly garden, bird garden, and a garden with scented plants believed to have mosquito-repelling properties.
- Habitat Education Center in in Belmont has bee and butterfly gardens as well as herb gardens.
- Long Pasture in Barnstable offers a butterfly mosaic trail, which is a series of native wildflower plots along a trail through open fields.
- Moose Hill in Sharon has a small native plant garden and a larger bird garden, both alive with birds, butterflies, and insects.
- North River in Marshfield has several specialty gardens, including a native plant garden and a rain garden with native plants.
- Stony Brook in Norfolk has a butterfly garden that's managed by the Garden Club of Norfolk.
- Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet maintains a large pollinator and wildlife garden with plants to feed birds, bees, and butterflies, as well as a native bee "hotel."
How to Support Pollinators at Home
One major way to make a positive impact on pollinators—and beautify an outdoor space—is to replace ornamental, non-native plants with native species. Want to start your own pollinator garden at home?