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 and fill it with native plants purchased at one of our annual plant sales!
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."
One major way to make a positive impact on pollinators—and beautify an outdoor space—is to replace ornamental, foreign plants with native species. Want to start your own pollinator garden at home?
- Tips for creating a pollinator garden >
- Recommended plants for native pollinators >
- Support state legislation to help pollinators thrive >
During spring and summer, several of our wildlife sanctuaries offer native plant sales. Stop by to learn more and pick up varieties for your own backyard.
→ Habitat Education Center's annual Spring Celebration in Belmont includes a plant sale offering native wildflowers, herbs, and vegetables.
→ Moose Hill's two-day Native Plant Sale in Sharon offers a variety of native perennials, ferns, and ground cover.
→ The Native Plant Sale & Open House at North River in Marshfield features native shrubs and flowering perennials as well as family activities and snacks.
→ Pick up plants to attract butterflies at the annual Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River in Topsfield.
→ Shop for plants that attract butterflies during Broad Meadow Brook's Annual Butterfly Festival.