Definition: Keystone PlantsA keystone species is an organism that helps define an entire ecosystem. Without its keystone species, the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether.

Native plants are core to the wildlife garden. Intentional use of native plants, which have formed symbiotic relationships with native wildlife over millions of years, creates the most productive and sustainable wildlife habitat. While some plants play a singular role for one or limited types of wildlife, others are essential to the life cycle of many species.

Plant selections:


Winter sowing: 

Milk Carton Tutorials:

Open plastic container (yogurt container) tutorial:

Wild Seed Project (Wonderful group with good information on Native Plants):

Dr. Gegears - Beecology Project:

Doug Tallamy's Home Grown National Park

Books: Nature's Best Hope

Bring Home Nature

Audubon Society Plant Finder:

Other Great Resources:

Grow Native Massachusetts (Lots of information, videos/webinars, Spring Plant Sale)

Native Plant Trust (Tons of information, great place to visit, Plant Sale starts in spring.)

Lady Fern Worcester, MA

Blue Stem Native Norwood, MA 

Bumble Bee Project 

2022 Winter Sow List: