Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Native Gardens in Newton


Learn how a landscape designer working with urban properties and their sustainably- minded owners can create enticing native gardens in small spaces. The first garden we visit, situated around a Victorian house, received a front yard overhaul, which was achieved by removing lawn and creating a habitat garden by adding many natives with four-seasons of interest. A photo of this property illustrated an article in Money Magazine naming Newton as one of the best places to live in America. The second homeowner wished to make her garden as eco-friendly as possible, reducing its carbon footprint, reusing materials and creating habitat for wildlife. A walkway of recycled brick was installed, rain gardens improved drainage around the existing edible garden, and 100-year old recycled seawall blocks were installed as sitting walls. Shrubs from the front of the property were replanted in the back and a mostly native woodland garden was created under a red maple. The New England Wild Flower Society tour is co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association. Fee is $22 for members of the sponsoring organizations, and $25 for non-members.  Register at www.newfs.org.  Photo of a Newton garden space by Lorianne DiSabato, published on her blog, www.hoardedordinaries.wordpress.com.