Memorial Hall Library

Gardener connections

Why Organic?

Every garden counts. Your individual home landscape provides an opportunity to contribute positively to a more sustainable planet by using organic gardening principles. To that end, it’s worth spending some time to learn more about why you should consider the beneficial insects and pollinators when you plant your garden or install trees and shrubs in your home landscape. Here are some resources to help you get started. Happy gardening!
Ecological Landscape Alliance
Grow Native Massachusetts
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
New England Wildflower Society
Northeast Organic Farming Association
UMassAmherst: The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Sign up for the UMass Extension Home Gardener Email List

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Local Gardens & Garden Clubs

There’s a lot of gardening happening in our community. Here is a short list of some of the groups you may want to contact or join.
Andover Community Garden
Permaculture West Parish

Andover Garden Club
Spade and Trowel Garden Club
Village Garden Club of Andover

School Gardens & Outdoor Classroom Resources & Grant Opportunities

Andover High School Sustainable Garden

Other Outdoor Education Connections

Andover Trails Committee -
Habitat Education Center – Belmont -
MassAudubon (parent organization) -
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary -
Broad Meadow Brook – Worcester -
Drumlin Farm - Lincoln -
Discovery Museums - Acton -
Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Boylston -
Nature's Classroom - Charlton -
Essex County Greenbelt -
Trustees of Reservations -
Appleton Farms - Ipswich -
Gaining Ground - Lincoln -
Nashua River Watershed Association - Groton -
Growing Places – Leominster -
The Farm School – Athol -
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust – Athol -
Mill City Grows – Lowell -
Hitchcock Center for the Environment – Amherst -
Project Adventure – Beverly -
Harvard Forest – Petersham -
Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures – Westport -
Jessica Kagle, Kestrel Educational Ventures:
WBUR had a piece about outdoor education: