Wild Cohasset helps to preserve
... and the wild creatures that rely
on them to survive.
Help Monarchs! Now is the time to urgently remove black swallow wort vines before the plant spreads via airborne seeds later this summer! If you are unable to dig up the entire plant, please remove the seed pods and dispose of in a sealed trash bag (they will continue to go to seed even after roots are cut).
Our volunteers work year round to remove invasive plants from wild spaces, roadsides, private land and conservation sites on Massachusetts' South Shore and in Boston.
Our goal is to reintroduce native plants, including endangered wildflowers, to our region to help preserve biodiversity & support birds, butterflies & beneficial insects.
We have recently installed a garden for wildlife, comprised of native plants that attract and support birds and butterflies, on the grounds of the Scituate Animal Shelter.
We work with local towns, garden clubs, conservation groups and other institutions, distributing literature and videos detailing best practices for identifying and removing invasive plants. Please click find out more for free, downloadable tools.
Invasive plants don't respect property lines! We offer free house calls in Boston, Cohasset, Scituate & HIngham to help homeowners identify invasives on their own properties, and give them strategies or a helping hand to remove problem plants.
Some of our most important volunteers are students participating in the National Honor Society. They get community service credits while making a big difference to the environment, right where they live. If you or your teen is interested, please contact us.
We always need volunteers. We train and instruct volunteers so that they may work together or independently, or to join us for organized outings such as our annual WeedFest, held each May since 2015. We work year-round as long as the ground is not frozen.
We welcome individuals, groups, scouts, and teens looking for community service credits. Reach out to us for more information!
Lisey Good founded Wild Cohasset in 2015 after becoming alarmed at the abundance of invasive plants spreading throughout her neighborhood . A former member of Cohasset's Open Space Committee and a current member of the Cohasset Garden Club, her interest in conservation stems largely from her lifelong interest in wildlife --and her belief that humans should exist in harmony with nature.
An interior designer formerly seen on TV's This Old House, her background also includes extensive work in PR, journalism and international marketing. Lisey served as President of the Scituate Animal Shelter & has handled that organization's Communications/ Marketing since 2016. She serves on the Board of international animal charity The Harmony Fund. Lisey lives in Boston with her husband and two rescue dogs.
Barbara Wrenn gardens avidly and is deeply committed to conservation and the preservation of open space. She believes that caring for the land and its plants and animals can actually improve the world, and strives to connect herself and others more deeply with native land in hopes of preserving open space and making it better for the next generation.
When Barbara arrived in Cohasset in 2002, she set about transforming her home's gardens and woodlands into a wildlife-friendly habitat largely using native plants. She is a member of The Cohasset Garden Club and a long time Board Member of The Friends of The Cohasset Library. She is currently serving on the Board of The Cohasset Cultural Council and is a member of the Cohasset Garden Club. She and her husband, Kevin, have two children and four rescue cats.
Garlic Mustard poses a great threat to native plants and the overall health and biodiversity of our conservation land and wild spaces. It is a biennial plant that spreads extremely quickly if left unchecked, changing soil chemistry so native plants can no longer thrive.
Each May since 2016, Wild Cohasset has organized widespread weeding events to pull this non-native, invasive plant before it can go to seed. Volunteers are assigned specific locations in Cohasset, Hingham, Scituate and Boston.
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Monarch Butterfly populations have plummeted in recent decades. In our region, Monarchs are increasingly threatened by invaders like Black Swallow Wort. This non-native vine harms butterflies in two ways: first, by outcompeting native milkweeds that Monarchs need to survive, and second, by 'fooling' Monarchs into laying their eggs on the vine itself (the plant is toxic to the newly hatched caterpillars ).
In August and September, we organize 'pod pulls' to control the spread of Black Swallow Wort.
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Located in Norwell, this is an excellent source for native plants specific to New England.
Through the Trustees of Reservations. A non- profit native plant nursery in Boston.
A beautiful native garden and nursery in Framingham run by the Native Plant Trust.
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Cohasset, Massachusetts, United States