From paths and pocket gardens to borders and backyards, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided and homeowner-guided tours of public and private gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices.
These ELA Eco-tours will:
Thanks to generous homeowners, landscape designers, and area organizations, ELA invites you to join us for inspiration and education on these special tours to native plant gardens.
Needham Heights, MA
Join this Needham Heights garden tour with the homeowner who is also a professional garden designer, garden coach, and educator. During this tour, the host will share her gardening philosophy which is based on sustainability and organic methods.
This ¼ acre lot features a woodland garden with old growth trees, a mini-meadow, raised perennial beds, and includes a majority of native plants, with an emphasis on low maintenance and year-round interest. The property includes a woodland garden, mini-meadow, multiple perennial/mixed beds, and extensive bulb plantings. All gardens have been maintained organically and sustainably since 1990.
Starting with a 100 acre woodlot, Sanctuary founder and benefactor, Arthur D. Norcross Jr., bought, bartered, and traded to amass over 2,000 acres at Tupper Hill Sanctuary. Today, the Sanctuary is operated by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and has grown to over 8,000 acres of forests, meadows and wildlands in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the benefit of native plants and animals of New England, as Mr. Norcross originally directed.
There are just under three miles of walking trails that traverse a variety of habitats and naturalistic wildflower gardens in the 75 acre Pocket Sanctuary, which represents the diversity that can be found at Tupper Hill. Plants grown here are native to the eastern seaboard, from the Carolinas to Canada.
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary includes 14 gardens maintained in the various habitats. The gardens include hundreds of native plant species including more than 50 species of native ferns. A walk through the gardens can help you identify ferns and a wide variety of wildflowers for every garden situation.