Native Plant Trust

Garden Books by Our Experts

Dig into Native Plant Know-how

Guidebooks for enthusiasts, gardeners, and professional botanists

When visiting our Garden Shops at Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm, be sure to browse our bookshelves, loaded with the latest titles in native plant horticulture, garden design, and ecology. Leading authors in these fields include our own expert staff members. We feature these staff-written titles below. 

Sure, you can also buy these books elsewhere. But when you buy them from us, you help to fund our mission. And we offer an incentive: Like plants, garden tools and gifts, classes, and many other things we sell, our books are available to members at a discount. 

The Northeast Native Plant Primer: 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden

Forthcoming in Spring 2022

Northeast Native Plants Primer book coverWe're proud to introduce this new book with text and images by Director of Horticulture Uli Lorimer, forthcoming from Native Plant Trust and Timber Press in June 2022. Preorder it here.

Native Plants for New England Gardens

Our best-selling book showcases 100 gorgeous natives that will thrive in your garden

NPNEG_jkt_thumbnail.jpgFrom flowers and ground covers to shrubs, ferns, and grasses, Native Plants for New England Gardens by Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe (New England Wild Flower Society and Globe Pequot Press, 2018) gives you the low-down on plants that not only feed pollinators and other wildlife, but also bring natural beauty to your home landscape. 

Member price: $18.00/nonmembers: $20.00. 

Order it here.

Wildflowers of New England

The first fully illustrated, comprehensive field guide focused entirely on the wildflowers and small shrubs of New England

WildflowersNE_Jkt_thumbnail.jpgAnyone who wants to learn about the region's diverse wildflowers—or just the answer to "what's that plant?"—needs Ted Elliman's field guide. He has packed everything you need to know between the covers of this durable paperback, sized to tuck into your day pack when you head out for a ramble (New England Wild Flower Society and Timber Press, 2016).

Member price: $22.50/nonmembers $25.00

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Flora Novae Angliae

The most authoritative, comprehensive work on the flora of New England


The definitive Flora Novae Angliae, a Manual for the Identification of Native and Naturalized Higher Vascular Plants of New England reflects nine years of field, herbarium, and literature study. Written by staff research botanist Arthur Haines and published by Yale Press in 2011, this book is the most authoritative and comprehensive work on the flora of New England and represents a historic contribution to botanical scholarship.

Special features:

  • Up-to-date entries on the taxonomy and distribution of approximately 3,500 species of New England Flora
  • Precise distribution information, accurate to the state level
  • 1,008 pages, 945 original illustrations by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Gordon Morrison
  • Details on unusual plant groups not included in other sources
  • Tips on recognizing hybrid plants in the field and on distinguishing among similar species
  • Reference list to encourage further research
  • Comprehensive glossary.

What other botanists say about this volume:

"Arthur Haines's up-to-date, meticulously researched manual will be the standard work on the flora of New England for decades to come, the well-thumbed companion of every serious botanist in New England and of much interest to those practicing in adjacent areas." —Robert Bertin, Professor of Biology, College of the Holy Cross

"At long last, a new flora of New England! Teaching plants and learning about them using an up-to-date flora is a pleasure than New Englanders have long done without." —Dr. A.A. Reznicek, University of Michigan Herbarium

"Arthur Haines has written a remarkable flora, one that at once provides a useful and accessible technical resource for identifying plants in the flora of New England and at the same time brings to our knowledge of the flora a taxonomy that reflects the latest taxonomic inaugurations arising from the availability of modern molecular datasets for analysis of plant diversity and evolution. Mr. Haines's impressively exhaustive knowledge of our flora is evident on every page." —David S. Barrington, Pringle Herbarium, University of Vermont

Read a review of Flora Novae Angliae in Rhodora, the journal of the New England Botanical Society, here (PDF).

New Low Price: $44.95 members/$49.95 nonmembers + 6.25% MA sales tax  + shipping. 

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