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Garden for Life.

A women-owned native plant nursery, and garden center, focused on increasing accessibility and knowledge of native plants of New England.
Shop in person or shop online (with in person pick-up).

Norwell, Massachusetts

Image by Patrice Bouchard

Why use plants indigenous to New England in your landscape?

Eco-friendly and sustainable.

Can handle volatile New England weather.

Provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Bring all the songbirds to the yard.

Restorative. If you have a patch of land that has struggled to host plants purchased at garden centers, chances are good there are some great natives that will thrive in that spot and improve the soil structure in the process.

As we have become accustomed to our well-manicured (sterile) lawns and heavily mulched landscapes, we have forgotten the calm beauty of a tended wildflower meadow or the lovely winter interest of a patch of dried seed heads frequented by cold-hardy birds. Somewhere along the line, we decided that trimmed grasses are more important than the native bees that would have overwintered in the stalks, we decided that our enjoyment of double-flowered blossoms was more important than providing a food source for pollinators and that choosing an eye-catching color palette was more important than providing the colors nature intended to attract birds, bees, and other insects. By filling our gardens with the plants that found their places long before we arrived, we are being the stewards of the land as it was intended.

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What people are saying

"The team at Blue Stem is passionate about plants as well as education about why native plants should be considered in our backyards. Their offerings are sourced with integrity. They put a great deal of time and energy into caring for their stock. Moreover, most garden centers do not independently label their plants with such detail (because it's a lot of work!). I found native prickly pears and they are perfect for my growing succulent/cacti garden. I am very thrilled with the service and selection. I ordered in the AM on my phone and picked up later in the day with pre order on their website. Go Blue Stems, thank you for your offerings and great service!"

  • Maryann G.