Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, August 12, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm – Celebrate Native Plants Tour

From paths, to ponds, to pocket gardens – from borders, to backyards, to botanical gardens, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided, homeowner-guided, or self-guided tours of private and public gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices.

These two ELA Eco-tours (June 24 and August 12, from noon – 4) 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. The tours are free, but pre-registration to each garden is required. Some gardens have limited access, so register early. Free. For details on the gardens, which are located in Dennis, Andover, Newton, Framingham, Melrose, Concord, Lincoln, Wayland, Amesbury, Needham, Boston and more, and to register, go to