Native Plant Trust offering program at Whately’s Nasami Farm

  • Echinacea, a native flowering plant, attracts bees and butterflies. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ANDREA MORRIS

Staff Writer
Published: 10/23/2019 5:30:45 PM

WHATELY — The country’s first plant conservation organization is bringing more botanical education to the Pioneer Valley, returning to Nasami Farm later this month to teach nature lovers how to identify native trees and their habitats.

Native Plant Trust, which bills itself as the only one focused solely on New England’s native plants, will sandwich Whately between trips to Winchester and Belmont as part of a series of special botany and horticulture programs highlighting the New England landscape. Registration is open for the middle program, “Framework Trees of New England,” which is set for Oct. 25 and 26.

Courtney Allen, the director of public programs for Native Plant Trust, said the two-day intensive course in Whately will cover local natural history, changes in the composition of forests and their ecosystem, the ecologies of forests throughout history, and the examination of the impact sustained by habitats as a result of human disturbances such as development and recreation. The course will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Allen said Nasami Farm is Native Plant Trust’s native plant nursery. She said the trust owns nine properties, including Garden in the Woods, a botanical garden in Framingham. Allen said this program, which has been held for several years, is a core course of the native plant studies certificate Native Plant Trust offers. She said it was held at Garden in the Woods until Nasami Farm hosted it last year.

“It went very well. It was a sold-out program,” she said. “Everything was top-notch out there.”

Allen said Yoni Glogower, an urban forester with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, will return as the program’s instructor.

People can sign up at The cost is $252 for members and $308 for non-members.

Native Plant Trust’s other autumn-themed programs are “An Autumn Walk Through Meadow and Forest” in Winchester on Oct. 18 and “Bare Trees and Naked Shrubs: No leaves, no problem,” to help people learn to identify leafless plants by examining branching patterns, habitat, bud and bark characteristics, in Belmont on Nov. 19.

More information is available at

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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