Plant Awards

The Cary Award - The Cary Award is a program to promote outstanding plants for New England gardens.

Plant Causes

Save the Redwoods League - Only 4% of the ancient redwood forests exist today. Learn how to contribute to Redwood and Giant Sequoia research & conservation.
Soil Testing UMass Extension Service - Soil testing is the best way to know how to adjust your soil. The test is inexpensive, and can save you countless hours and dollars of investment in your garden.

URI GreenShare Fact Sheet Index - An excellent resource for
troubleshooting what is ailing
your plants.

Plant Facts Ohio State University
The big gun database! Fully
searchable by pest common
and scientific name, injury and
host plant type, with links on
what to do about it. If you can't
solve it yourself here, see

Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory - This service from  Umass Amherst will yield a definitive analysis of what is ailing your plant(s) and what can be done.
National list of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the United States. - This link provides a comprehensive list of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums throughout the US.
Rhode Island

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
- Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens than range in character from mysterious to exotic, and from poetic to workmanlike.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
A people's garden. “Wow” is the word we hear most often from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens visitors. We invite you to experience the 250-acre phenomenon some are calling “The Miracle in Maine.”
New Hampshire

Rhododendron State Park -
Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

A wildflower trail, maintained by the Fitzwilliam Garden Club, winds through the forest adjacent to the grove. From early spring to the first frost, wildflowers bloom throughout the 2,723-acre park. The last blooms in the fall are complemented by the forest's brilliant foliage. Visitors exploring the trails are often serenaded by song birds which live in the grove.

The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.

Connecticut College Arboretum
- The Connecticut College Arboretum provides a welcome connection with the natural world, offering opportunities for teaching, research, conservation, recreation and public education.


Vermont Garden Park
- The Vermont Garden Park sits on 14 acres within the beautiful Wheeler Nature Park in South Burlington, Vermont. The Park was established in 2008 as a joint endeavor between the NGA, the City of South Burlington and the community, with the shared vision of cultivating a space that celebrates gardening and sustainability. From exquisite display gardens -- including the American Cottage Garden and the storybook Grandma and Grandpa's Garden featuring heirloom plants -- to our more interactive spaces like the Play N' Learn Children's Garden, we have strived to create a community resource that enables all of our guests to experience the joys of plant-based education. We offer a range of unique garden features and amenities, among them a newly installed Abenaki wigwam, where you can see firsthand how Native Americans once lived in Vermont. We also invite you to sample berries, tea leaves, herbs and vegetables as your children read stories on the earthen stage and scout for frogs in the wetlands.
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International Bulb Society - Established in 1933, the International Bulb Society is the only international, non-profit, educational and scientific organization devoted to the dissemination of information on the growing, conservation and botany of all geophytic plants (commonly referred to as "bulbs").
Arboretums and Botanical Gardens in the US.
Soil testing & plant trouble-
shooting sites.
Bellingham, MA
American Conifer Society - Association for the development, conservation, and propagation of conifers, with an emphasis on those that are dwarf or unusual.
American Fern Society - The American Fern Society is over 100 years old. With over 900 members worldwide, it is one of the largest international fern clubs in the world.
Plant Societies, Associations and Clubs
American Hemerocallis Society - The American Hemerocallis Society, Inc. (AHS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1946. The AHS is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, and especially to promote, encourage, and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis and public interest therein.
American Hosta Society - The American Hosta Society is a society dedicated to the study and improvement of the genus Hosta and the dissemination of general and scientific knowledge about them. There are many benefits for the members that result from these efforts, both social and in nursery trade.
Azalea Society of America - promote knowledge of and interest in azaleas
provide a place for the sharing of experiences and the dissemination of techniques of hybridizing, propagation and culture of azaleas promote the proper description and registration of new azalea hybrids and selections conduct studies and communicate with the members through publications and meetings bring together all those whose interest in and appreciation of azaleas form a bond of friendship.
American Orchid Society - Whether a beginner or an expert orchid grower you will find information to inform and inspire in both our print and on-line media. Join others worldwide who share a passion for orchids, as well as supporting AOS conservation and research efforts for these wondrous plants.
American Iris Society - America is a land of many horticultural societies. The oldest, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, dates back to 1827, but national “special plant” societies are much younger. Only a few, like the Rose Society, Dahlia Society and Peony Society, were active before 1920, when the American Iris Society was organized.
American Rhododendron Society - The American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the genus Rhododendron.
American Rose Society - Founded in 1892,the American Rose Society is the oldest single plant horticultural society in America.  The ARS is an educational,nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses. ARS supports its members by providing educational programs,resourceful publications,and continuing research. We have more than 300 affiliated rose societies in our national network.
Friends of the Daylilies - A Listing of Daylily Gardens in the USA, Canada, and Around the World.
Holly Society of America - The Holly Society of America, Inc. is an active, non-profit organization with members throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries. The purpose of the Society is to stimulate interest, promote research, and collect and disseminate information about the genus Ilex. The society provides the medium for all people interested in hollies, including both novices and skilled growers, to communicate and exchange information through scientific studies, publications, lectures, meetings, visiting holly collections, and other educational endeavors.
Massachusetts Horticultural Society - Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.
Royal Horticultural Society - The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Our goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.
The Horticultural Society of New York - Founded in 1900, and incorporated in 1902, with J. P. Morgan, Louis C. Tiffany, and J.J. Phelps among its earliest members, the goal of the Horticultural Society was to further the love and knowledge of horticulture through informative monthly meetings, formal lectures and seasonal flower shows.
American Hydrangea Society - The American Hydrangea Society was formed in 1994 for people who love hydrangeas and want to "study and learn about the genus Hydrangea, its species and cultivars, as well as its culture, habits, hardiness, and performance."
American Dahlia Society - The American Dahlia Society promotes and supports the growing, showing and enjoyment of dahlias in North America.
All American Rose Selection - All-America Rose Selections is a nonprofit association dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses.  The AARS runs the world's most challenging horticultural testing program, and consistently recognizes roses that will be easy to grow and require minimal care by today's busy homeowner.
American Bonsai Association - Founded in 1967, the American Bonsai Society, Inc. is the pioneering national bonsai organization. As a non-profit corporation, their purpose is to promote knowledge of and interest in bonsai and to serve as a national focal point for bonsai fanciers.
American Daffodil Society - The American Daffodil Society (ADS) was founded in 1954 to promote wider interest in daffodils; to encourage scientific research and education on daffodil culture, breeding, diseases, pests, exhibiting, and testing; to encourage, coordinate, and sponsor shows and exhibitions of daffodils; to record and disseminate horticultural information about daffodils and issue publications for such purpose; and to register daffodil varieties and standardize their names in cooperation with international authorities.
Garden Club of America - The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
Herb Society of America - The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community.
National Chrysanthemum Association - The mission of the National Chrysanthemum Society is to: (1) educate by researching, teaching, and disseminating procedures for the propagation and cultivation of the chrysanthemum (2) improve the standard of excellence of the chrysanthemum (3) promote a wider interest in the cultivation of the chrysanthemum (4) encourage a greater use and display of the beautiful blooms of the many cultivars of the chrysanthemum and (5) increase the bonds of fellowship among growers of the
Perennial Plant Association - The Perennial Plant Association supports research and education about perennial plants in the US.
Notable Botanical Gardens
& Arboretums in MA.
Notable Botanical Gardens & Arboretums throughout New England.
Notable Horticultural Societies

Arnold Arboretum - The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University discovers and disseminates knowledge of the plant kingdom to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Earth’s botanical diversity and its essential value to humankind.
Established in 1872 and planned and designed in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arnold Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best preserved of Olmsted’s landscapes.
The Boston Public Garden -The Public Garden was created in 1837 while the Boston Common in 1634. What a difference two centuries made.

From its inception, the Public Garden was decorative and flowery, while the Common was pastoral and practical. The Common's walkways were for crosstown travel, the Public Garden's paths for meandering. The Common was America's first park, the Public Garden its first public botanical garden.
The Botanic Garden of Smith College - The 127 acre campus includes an arboretum and gardens, all part of the Smith's Botanic Garden, combining the best of art and science.
Bridge of Flowers - The Bridge
of Flowers was once a trolley bridge built in 1908 by the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway.The Bridge became overgrown with weeds in the two years following the demise of the railway. But in 1928, someone had an idea... To transform the old trolley bridge into a bridge of beauty.
Garden in the Woods - The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Through our leadership, New England's native plants will exist in vigorous populations within healthy, evolving ecosystems, and people across the region will actively promote and protect them in the wild and in their gardens.
Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden - Today, the entire campus is designated as an arboretum, with hundreds of different species and cultivars of trees and shrubs. The Botanic Garden, in collaboration with Facilities Management, actively manages the trees, in order to maintain and improve their health and beauty, while ensuring campus safety.      
Mount Auburn Cemetary - In 1831 the Massachusetts Horticultural Society purchased 72 acres of mature woodland situated in Watertown and Cambridge for the creation of a “rural cemetery” and experimental garden. On September 24, 1831, a crowd gathered in the Dell, the natural amphitheater located in the heart of the Cemetery, for the ceremony to consecrate this sacred land.      
The Cary Award, Save the Redwoods League, MA prohibited list, Umass Extension Service, URI Greenshare Fact Sheet Index, Plant facts Ohio State University.Massachusetts Horticultural Society, All American Rose Selection, American Bonsai Association.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society, All American Rose Selection, American Bonsai Association, Arnold Arboretum, Boston Public Garden, Mount Auburn Cemetary
The Cary Award, Save the Redwoods League, MA prohibited list, Umass Extension Service, URI Greenshare Fact Sheet Index, Plant facts Ohio State University.Massachusetts Horticultural Society, All American Rose Selection, American Bonsai Association.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society, All American Rose Selection, American Bonsai Association, Arnold Arboretum, Boston Public Garden, Mount Auburn Cemetary
The Cary Award, Save the Redwoods League, MA prohibited list, Umass Extension Service, URI Greenshare Fact Sheet Index, Plant facts Ohio State University.Massachusetts Horticultural Society, All American Rose Selection, American Bonsai Association.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society, All American Rose Selection, American Bonsai Association, Arnold Arboretum, Boston Public Garden, Mount Auburn Cemetary
Below we have listed some fantastic resources for plant information and troubleshooting as well as a list of plant societies, botanical gardens and arboretums in New England and beyond. Please feel free to browse as many as you wish. Each entry is linked to their respective website which feature in depth information on their particular program. Enjoy!
Prohibited Plant List

MA Prohibited List - Provides
lists and information for species declared invasive, noxious, prohibited, or otherwise harmful or potentially harmful. Information is organized by geographical location, covering the United States and International information, alphabetically by organization.
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American Horticultural Society - The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country. Since 1922, they have provided America's gardeners with the highest quality gardening and horticultural education possible.
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