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Des Moines Botanical Center
909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA 50316
Tel: 515-323-6290
Large collection of ornamental and native plants; 14.4-acre site is east of the Des Moines River. Native areas include medicinal and prairie herbs in the Herb Garden, West Des Moines daylily collection, and Polk County dwarf conifer collection.

Iowa Prairie Network
A non-profit organization established in 1990, the Iowa Prairie Network is a network of people dedicated to the preservation of Iowa's prairie heritage.


Cimarron National Grassland
242 East Hwy. 56, Elkhart, KS 67950
P.O. Box 300
Tel: 620-697-4621
More than 180,000 acres of grassland. Hiking trails, springtime wildflowers. Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Fee for camping with facilities; no fee with no facilities.

Kansas Native Plant Society
McGregor Herbarium, 2045 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66047-3729
Contact: Dr. Craig Freeman
Tel: 785-864-5093
E-mail: email@kansasnativeplantsociety.org
Web: www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
P.O. Box 585, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845
Tel: 620-273-8494
More than 10,000 acres in the Flint Hills of Central Kansas are being restored to tall-grass prairie. More than 400 species of plants; 200 species of birds. Self-guided hiking trails.


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
2499 Clermont Rd, Clermont, KY 40110
Tel: 502-955-8512
From 30 miles of hiking trails, to a 14,000-acre research forest, to tranquil lakes, Bernheim's 16,000 acres has something for everyone. In 1950 the arboretum was opened as a small nature museum. Since then, it has grown to include the largest collection of American hollies in North America.

Kentucky Native Plant Society
801 Schenkel Ln., Frankfort, KY 40601
A membership organization with a quarterly newsletter.

Land Between the Lakes Tennessee Valley Authority
100 Van Morgan Road, Golden Pond, KY 42211
Tel: 502-924-2000
The park encompasses 117,000 acres and includes a nature garden.

Wild Ones
These chapters of Wild Ones meet and organize a variety of native plant-related events in their regions.


Louisiana Native Plant Society
R.R. 1, Box 151, Saline, LA 71070
Publishes a newsletter, hosts an email chat group, and holds trips and events.

Louisiana Project Wildflower
Lafayette Natural History Museum
637 Girard Park Drive, Lafayette, LA 70504


Maine Natural Areas Program
157 Hospital Street, State House Station #93, Augusta, Maine 04333
Tel: 207-287-8044
Produced the excellent publication, "Gardening to Conserve Maine's Native Landscape: Plants to Use and Plants to Avoid" (UMCE Bulletin #2500), as well as many other brochures and booklets.

Maine YardScaping Partnership
28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028
Tel: 207-287-7545
Fax: 207-624-5020
Encourages people to plant native plants that are low maintenance and insect or disease resistant.

Wild Gardens of Acadia
Acadia National Park, Sieur de Monts Spring
P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Tel: 207-288-3338
The Bar Harbor Garden Cluband Acadia National Park cooperate to maintain and preserve 12 areas of wild gardens that reflect typical habitats found on Mount Desert Island. Glacial accidents left this area with flora of both the cold north and the warm south. Mixed woods, heath, beach, marsh, meadow, bog, and bird thicket represent 7 of the 12 habitats. Two annual plant sales in Bar Harbor help support the park.


Adkins Arboretum
P.O. Box 100, 12610 Eveland Rd., Ridgely, MD 21660
Tel: 410-634-2847 Fax: 410-624-2878
E-mail: info@adkinsarboretum.org Web: www.adkinsarboretum.org
Adkins Arborteum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve on Maryland's Eastern Shore that promotes the conservation of the native planst of the Delmarva Peninsula. Four miles of paths lead visitors thorugh native plant gardens, a rich bottomland forest and meadows. Programs in horticulture, ecology, natural history, folklore, and arts and crafts are offered for all ages.

Chesapeake Audubon Society
Rare Plant Committee, P.O. Box 3173, Baltimore, MD 21228
Tel: 410-203-1819

Maryland Native Plant Society
P.O. Box 4877, Silver Spring, MD 20914

Holds monthy meetings, field trips, workshops, and an annual fall conference.


Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130-3519
Tel: 617-524-1718
Web: arboretum.harvard.edu
A living museum dedicated to the study and appreciation of woody plants; 265 acres with 14,000 trees, shrubs, and vines, each scientifically documented and available for research or teaching. Large selection of classes related to native gardens.

Conway School of Landscape Design
332 South Deerfield Road, Conway, MA 01341-0179
Tel: 413-369-4044
Email: info@csld.edu
Web: www.csld.edu
Offers courses in environmentally sound landscaping planning and design using native plants.

Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
201 Center Hill Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
Tel: 508-591-7533
Email: friends@friendsmssf.com
Web: www.friendsmssf.com
Runs the Pine Barrens Community Initiative, working to involve the regional community in preventing the further fragmentation and degradation of the southeastern Massachusetts pine barrens. Web site offers useful information on native landscaping in that region.

New England Wild Flower Society
180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701-2699
Tel: 508-877-7630
An organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the native flora of New England. The New England Wildflower Society owns and operates the Garden in the Woods as its 45-acre botanical garden and headquarters. The Society has conserved native plants since 1900 and engages in extensive conservation advocacy, habitat preservation, education and research. The society also monitors the survival of hundreds of rare plants in the wild, and offers publications about propagating native plants. Sells plants and seeds.



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