Bee Friendly Williamstown

Who are we?

Local folks promoting approaches to home garden and public land care in support of all bees, birds and other creatures, too! We advocate reducing or entirely eliminating the use of pesticides and herbicides, in order to support our native pollinators -- bees, butterflies, birds and so many other insects, too -- and to maintain healthy land and water for humans, too! Join our email list at -- scroll down for more info on our demonstration plantings at The Spruces, 60 Main Street, Williamstown MA.

Upcoming Events

Pollinator Friendly Garden Tours

Saturday, Aug 14th, 2021 from 2 pm - 4 pm.

Map of garden locations

Expand map (view larger map icon in upper right-hand corner) or view tab (icon in upper left-hand corner) for details and a brief description of each garden.

Scroll down for the complete list of gardens.

Bee Friendly Williamstown Garden Tours

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 2-4 pm No Rain Date

South Williamstown

1210 Hancock Road/Rt 43 Caretaker Farm – Bridget Spann, Peace Garden & 100% organic farm

1210 Hancock Road/Rt 43 Elizabeth Smith – Caretaker Cottage – backyard pollinator gardens & meadow

300 New Ashford Road/Route 7 – Bette Craig, former dairy farm now flowers and apple trees

Drive-by “Sidewalk Strips” and small gardens – no hosts

35 Park Street, St John’s Episcopal Church – pollinator plantings

116 Southworth Street/corner of School – Lisa Hiley’s sidewalk strip

31 Church Street – Shira Lynn – Sidewalk strip, permaculture gardens

East Williamstown

37 Main – Alecia Briggs – front yard flowers!

6 Hamel – Erin Casey – vegetable raised bed gardens, new in 2021 (adjacent to 37 Main!)

60 Main Street, by the pond “BFW” Pollinator Garden @The Spruces –Lydia van Schwanenfluegel

“Mid”-Town Gardens

24 Petersburg Road (Corner of West Main & Northwest Hill Roads/Petersburg Road side) Wit McKay – Flowering plants for bees and humans; goldenrod field; hosted by Lindsey Hooper

159 North Street/Rt 7 – Luana Maroja – invasive removal into edible, less-common-varieties of flowering plants and trees

58 Jamieson Hts – Laura Bentz “Circle garden” in the cul de sac

1215 N. Hoosac Road – Lori van Handel; “Treekeeper Cottage”

114 Bridges Road (@White Oaks) – Mackenzie Hunter – Sidewalk Strip

201 Cole (enter across from 31 Church!) please use Church Street side parking– Anne O’Connor – tenant-directed gardens alongside landlord-directed landscaping

17 Elm Street – Nina Marks – permaculture and native plants

53 Maple Street – Leslie Reed-Evans – shade garden for birds

46 Maple Street – Richie Doucette – vegetables instead of lawn

70 Maple Street – Brian Cole – “no lawn” flower front garden

24 Linden Street – Robin Lenz – gardens, not lawn

Past Events

August 3 -- The Spruces Park -- "Night Out" Community Event

Visit our table to learn more about flowers and pollination! Take home a milkweed seedling (first 25 visitors!)


August 1, Mountain Meadow Preserve, at the End of Mason Street, Williamstown, MA

INVESTIGATING FLOWERS and THEIR MANY PARTS. with Prof. Joan Edwards of Williams College

July 31, 4 pm at The Spruces, "Pollinator Plantings" by the Pond. Led by Joan Edwards, this event is good for anyone of any age!

Native Plant Sale, June 5th, 2021, 9 am to 1 pm @ Williamstown Farmer's Market

Pollinator friendly native plants provided by Wing and a Prayer Nursery of Cummington for sale to benefit local pollinators in our gardens! Have questions? Need more info? Write us at

Bird Walk, 7:30 am, May 22, 2021 @ Caretaker Farm, Williamstown, MA

Please join us this Saturday, May 22 at 7:30am for a bird walk at Caretaker Farm with David McGowan, Executive Director of Williamstown Rural Lands. Co-sponsored by Bee Friendly Williamstown, Caretaker Farm, and Williamstown Rural Lands. Bring binoculars if possible. Birders of all abilities welcome. Masks required. Post walk update: 45 birders showed up and were rewarded, among other things, with a citing of *four* Great Blue Herons! Thank you, all, and most especially, the birds themselves, for showing up!

Field Lecture, August 10, 2019 @The Spruces, Williamstown, MA

Professor Joan Edwards of Williams College discussed plants and their pollinators, at The Spruces, on Aug 10, 2019. Hand lenses loaned by Joan helped us see flower structures up close, which was truly exciting and educational! Bees and flowers are co-evolved, and many times, specifically adapted to one another! We hope to have Joan speak at the meadow at The Spruces again in Summer 2021. Please stay tuned!

Links to related organizations

NOFA Mass Pollinator Network -- Northeast Organic Farmers Massachusetts chapter advocating for pesticide use reduction promoting pollinator health; welcome to ecologist Rosemary, Malfi, PhD, the new Pollinator Network Coordinator! check out the organizing and education going on here in Mass.

Western Mass Pollinator Networks -- citizen organization based in Western Mass promoting all things pollinator related

Xerces Society -- founded in 1971; the "audubon society" for insects!

Native Plant Trust -- formerly the New England Wildflower Society; the "audubon society" for plants!

Grow Native Mass -- citizen organization promoting habitat gardening, based in the Boston area

Wild Seed Project -- citizen organization promoting habitat gardening, "rewilding" based in Southern Maine

Mass Audubon -- state chapter of the esteemed Audubon Society

Pollinator Pocket gardens -- small, simple garden designs to benefit pollinators in home gardens

North American Butterfly Association (NABA) -- site includes lists of important butterfly host and nectar plants

Pollinator Pathways -- information about networks of plantings for pollinators

1001 Pollinator Gardens -- map and opportunity to list your garden as being "pollinator friendly"

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey -- promoting native plant gardening in the Garden State and beyond

Wild Ones -- includes professionally-designed native plant based residential garden designs, for a number of USA cities!

Illinois Wildflowers (no, we are not in Illinois, but this web site is fantastic, if you want to know about plant-insect relationships!)

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation -- local land trust, with suggested hikes; get out and see native plants in our fields and woodlands!

Trustees of Reservations Mountain Meadow Preserve -- unique wildflower habitats in Williamstown, MA

Links to Native Plant Nurseries selling neonicotinoid free plants -- continually under development!

Wing and a Prayer Nursery, Cummington, MA -- fantastic native plant nursery and research-display gardens, in the Hill Towns of Western MA

Nasami Farm of the Native Plant Trust, Whately, MA -- retail nursery and propagation center for the Native Plant Trust

Clearbrook Farm, Shaftsbury, VT -- farm and garden nursery selling organic, annual bedding plants, in Southern Vermont

Prairie Moon Nursery -- mail order nursery; leaders in prairie restoration; fantastic website full of information for those wanting to grow from seed

Van Berkum Nursery -- wholesale nursery with extensive offerings, in southern New Hampshire; some retail offerings

Ernst Conservation Seeds -- the "go to" seed source for native plant restoration projects

Why buy neonicotinoid free plants?

What are neonicotinoids?

What home gardeners need to know

Pesticides blamed for declining honey bee populations

Xerces Society

*Please buy neo-nicotinoid free plants* -- ask, at nurseries, if their plants are NEONICOTINOID free! The half-life of these bee-disrupting and killing insecticides is 1,000 days! That's nearly three years... Please take the time and effort to buy "clean" neonicotinoid free plants.

Visit our demonstration Pollinator Plantings at The Spruces, 60 Main Street, Williamtown, MA -- near the pond

Volunteer stewardship of these plantings, most Tuesdays at 4 pm; thunder and lightning cancels. Please write us, email "" for questions about work parties and all things pollinator gardening at The Spruces!