Bee-safe nurseries in the Boston area

Bumblebees dance on a coneflower

Bumblebees dance on a coneflower

Friends of Bees are assembling this list of nurseries in the Boston area where you can find seeds and live plants that have not been treated with neonicotinoids. Organic plants have not been treated with persistent pesticides.

If you are not in the Boston area, please ask at your favorite nurseries about neonicotinoids.

You may also download a resource sheet listing this information here.

Name Address City Zip
Worcester Conservation District 52 Boyden Road Suite 107 Holden 01520
Seedling sale in 2014: Place your order by March 29, and pick up plants at one of several locations in the Worcester area on May 3. Focuses on plants to attract bees and other pollinators.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses 185 Lyman Street Waltham 02452
Herb sale in 2014: May 2-4 and May 10-11. Herbs are raised with organic practices, although not all seeds are organic.
Natick Community Organic Farm 117 Eliot Street Natick 01760
Annual seedling sale in 2014: Pre-orders must be postmarked by May 1. Pick-up at the farm on May 8. Organic herb, vegetable and flower seedlings. They also offer local flowers for weddings.
Mass. Audubon Habitat 10 Juniper Road Belmont 02478
Herb sale in 2014: May 10. Includes some flowering annuals. Everything is 100% organic.
Waltham Fields Community Farm 240 Beaver Street Waltham 02452
Seedling sale in 2014: May 10 and 17. 100% Organic vegetables, herbs, and annual flowers.
Newton Community Farm 303 Nahanton Street Newton
Seedling sale in 2014: May 17-18. Everything is 100% organic.
Brookwood Community Farm Blue Hills Reservation & Bradley Estate Canton 02021
Seedling sale in 2014: May 17-18. Organic vegetables, herbs, & flowers. Heirloom varieties and new plant breeds.
Gore Place 52 Gore Street Waltham 02453
Plant sale in 2014: May 23, 24, 25. This historic farm is a great source for heirloom vegetables. All flowering annuals and vegetables are 100% organic. Some perennials are of uncertain origin.
Pemberton Farms 2225 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge 02140
Once the plants arrive at Pemberton’s, no pesticides are used. Many of their herbs come from Gilbertie’s Herbs in Westport CT, which is all-organic. Organic plants are in orange pots.
Allandale Farm 259 Allandale Road Brookline 02467
Organic practices, though not certified. Perennials, Annuals, Herbs and Vegetable Starts. Wildflower seeds and bee hotels. Farmstand and CSA.
Volante Farms 292 Forest Street Needham 02492
Greenhouses use IPM and biocontrol. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, and shrubs. Farmstand.
Russell’s Garden Center 397 Boston Post Road Wayland 01778
Vegetable plants are all organic. Perennials they raise themselves are not treated with neonicotinoids. Plants from other sources may have been treated with pesticides.
Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road Framingham
New England Wildflower Society. Their garden shop is the best source in the Boston area for native wildflowers. Re-opens April 12.
The Herb Farmacy 30 Elmwood Street Salisbury 01952
Organic. Native flowering plants, flowers, and perennials to attract bees and butterflies.
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