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Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

Sat, June 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Public and Private Native Plant Gardens, Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map

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:

  • Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants.
  • Educate attendees about the increasing options and applications for native plants.
  • Demonstrate that native plant gardens can be beautiful as well as functional.
  • Share insights into native plant combinations and gardening techniques.
  • Discuss strategies for transforming sections of lawn into a biodiverse landscape.
  • Promote native plant gardens as a safe haven for birds, butterflies, and native pollinators.
  • Answer questions about native plants and habitat restoration.

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.

Pre-registration to each garden is required. Some gardens have limited access, so register early. Registration is at the very bottom of the page.

Additional gardens are being added to the tour. Check back soon to  learn about new gardens and register for additional tour(s) of interest.

Amelanchier lamarckii

Needham Heights, MA
Private Gardens

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.

Wales, MA
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

Register for garden tours here:

Needham Heights Private Garden

Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary


Sat, June 22, 2019
12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


Public and Private Native Plant Gardens
Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map


Penny Lewis


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