Recent Articles:

Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants (Fine Gardening, May/June 2016)

Mixing it Up: Can Edibles and Ornamentals Get Along in a Designed Garden? (Ecological Landscaping Alliance newsletter, Feb 2016)

Top 10 Native Plants for the Northeast at Houzz

​Great Design Plant - Amelanchier Signals Spring at Houzz

10 Years of a Habitat Farm (New England Wild Flower Society magazine, Spring/Summer 2014)

Great Design Plant - Lonicera Sempervirens at Houzz

Edible and Landscape-worthy Native Plants of New England (co-authored with Russ Cohen): Ecological Landscaping Association newsletter, Sept 2013

Remodeling and Home Design
  • Creating Habitat: How We Combined a Working Farm with Natural Attractions for Wildlife (Back Home, Mar/Apr 2008)

  • Our Sanctuary: Transforming a Small Horse Farm into a Sanctuary for Wildlife and People (Massachusetts Wildlife, Spring 2007)

​About Ellen Sousa

I lead tours and present natural landscaping classes & workshops across New England for New England Wild Flower SocietyTower Hill Botanic GardenGrow Native Massachusetts, and at conferences of Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA), Master Gardeners, New England State Extension Services and more. 

I'm also an Overseer for New England Wild Flower Society, and a Board Member of Common Ground Land Trust, Inc. of Spencer and Leicester, MA.

My education includes Clark University ('89), Sussex University ('88), New England Wild Flower Society's Certificate Program in Native Plant Horticulture & Design (2008), and the Massachusetts Keystone Project (2014).

Ellen Sousa's Writing  & Bio

Turkey Hill Brook Farm Blog

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  • Declining Pollinators: A Quiet Crisis (Massachusetts Wildlife, Winter 2009)

  • #1 Green Thumb (Birds & Blooms Extra, Best of Birds & Blooms Jan 2008)
Since then, I've published a book about New England habitat gardening (The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden) and contributed to many national and local magazines, popular blogs including the now defunct Beautiful Wildlife Gardens and my own New England Habitat Gardening blog. 

I'm a Spencer, MA-based author, speaker and garden coach specializing in habitat landscaping, earth-friendly gardening and gardening with northeast US native plants. A life-long gardener and nature lover, in 2007 I left a corporate career as a writer and business analyst to take a giant leap of faith into a new career in natural habitat and ecological gardening.