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City Natives


Find plants for your home or community garden plot, right in the heart of Boston.


Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities & Accessibility
  • Venue Rental
  • Regulations & Advisories


City Natives serves as The Trustees’ native plant nursery for the people of Boston and beyond. The roughly half-acre site holds a greenhouse and hoophouse where we propagate 200+ species of native plants for sales and community garden common areas. We also grow vegetable seedlings for our spring and fall plant sales. Plants can be purchased at our plant sales or by appointment; please visit our Plant Sale page for details.

City Natives also hosts educational field trips and tours, volunteer opportunities, and hands-on workshops. If you are interested in volunteering at City Natives please reach out to

Ideas for Your Visit

Attend a workshop in our Seed, Sow & Grow series.

Field Trips
Schedule a field trip for your school or organization to learn about native plants and pollinators.

City Natives offers several plant sales per year, with pre-order and in-person shopping options. View our online catalog here.

Customers are encouraged to pre-order online and schedule a pick-up time in person. This guarantees that you will get the plants you want and helps us to maintain a safe shopping experience.

We offer:

  • Pollinator-friendly native perennials, shrubs & trees
  • An amazing selection of heirloom and hybrid veggies, herbs, and annual flowers
  • Garden supplies: organic fertilizers, straw mulch, season extension kits, and more

Admission & Hours

Free admission, only by appointment or during nursery retail hours. For questions, email

Directions & Contact Info

30 Edgewater Drive
Mattapan, MA 02126

Get directions on Google Maps.

Public Transportation: We’re located a short walk from the Mattapan Square Trolley Station and Blue Hill Avenue bus lines. Parking is available along Edgewater Drive.

What You'll Find

Make sure we’re open! Nursery retail hours vary seasonally. If you aren’t coming for a specific event, contact before coming.

City Natives sits on a half-acre parcel alongside the Neponset River in Mattapan. We work to grow native plants and vegetable seedlings and sell to community gardeners, local residents, and landscaping businesses. Our site includes a hoophouse, greenhouse, apiary, and composters.

Plant sales
City Natives offers seasonal plant sales every year, with pre order and in-person shopping options. View our online catalog here.

We offer:
• Pollinator-friendly native perennials, shrubs & trees. Most of the plants we sell are propagated by seed and grown at our nursery
• Robust selection of heirloom and hybrid veggies, herbs, and annual flowers available during our spring and fall plant sales
• Garden supplies: Organic fertilizers, straw mulch, cover crop seed, and season extension kits

Facilities & Accessibility

There is running water and a portable toilet facility.

Venue Rental

Contact to discuss rentals.

Regulations & Advisories

PHOTOGRAPHY: We ask that photographers or their clients become Supporting Level Members before conducting portrait sessions at this property. Click here for more information, and to request permission for any portrait sessions. The Trustees of Reservations reserves the right, and may give permission to its designated photographers and videographers, or to outside media, to photograph or video visitors and program participants at all its facilities and properties.

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Beautiful area run by the Trustees of Reservations. Excellent resource for the community. Plants are grown and stewarded by very knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Mari Ramirez, Google

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