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July 2017
$10 - $20

Phyto Filtration: The Power of Plants

July 20 @ 9:30 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT
Fourth Generation Nursery, 52 Bates Street
Mendon, MA 01756 United States
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Nature uses vegetated depressions, wetlands, marshes, etc. to clean stormwater runoff by removing sediments, turbidity, heavy metals, and other pollutants. Some pollutants are removed by vegetation uptake, some by slowing the flow down enough for sedimentation to occur, and some by biota consumption and ionic attraction around the roots. In the built environment, stormwater best management practices include vegetative removal of pollutants through the use of raingardens, bioswales, vegetative buffers, and constructed wetlands. And common to all of these is…

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$24 - $28

Landscaping for Wildlife – Gardening with a Purpose

July 23 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road
Walpole, NH 03608
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Would you like to learn what plants will attract the greatest number of birds, bees, and butterflies to your property? This workshop will do just that with the help of tour guide, Michael Nerrie. With Distant Hill Garden’s 400 plus species of labeled plants, many of them natives, you will see first-hand some of the trees, shrubs, and perennials best suited to attract wildlife to your garden. Distant Hill Gardens comprises fifty-eight acres of fertile high country land in the hills…

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$30 - $40

Alternatives to Traditional Lawns

July 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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According to NASA scientists, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Traditionally managed lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Despite the “costs” lawns and turf are a predominant feature of the landscape and are valued for recreation as well aesthetics. With growing environmental awareness along with new regulations, it is imperative that responsible homeowners as well as lawn and turf professionals manage…

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$23 - $33

In Pursuit of Balanced Ecosystems, Land Stewardship, and the Perfect Loaf

July 27 @ 10:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
King Arthur Flour Vermont Campus, 135 US-5
Norwich, VT 05055
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Join ELA and invasive plant specialist, Mike Bald, for this walking tour to learn about invasive species management at the Vermont campus of King Arthur Flour. Invasive plant species colonize degraded landscapes and overtake native plants with their associated basket of ecosystem services. These exotic plants spread rampantly when they are free of natural checks and balances found in their native range. Mike Bald was hired by King Arthur Flour in 2014 to address several invasive plant species at the company’s…

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August 2017
$162 - $190

Native Plants for Professionals

August 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Join Dan Jaffe for this two-session class (August 9 and August 16) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less familiar native herbaceous species to your plant palette. CEU: 1 MCLP; 1MCA   Instructor: Dan Jaffe is the propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society…

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Free

Celebrating Natives – Massachusetts Garden Tours

August 12 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Public and Private Gardens in Massachusetts, Locations to be sent after registration.
Various, MA
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Upcoming Tour Date - Saturday, August 12, 2017 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 will: Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants. Educate attendees…

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$20 - $30

Lush, Lovely, and Lawn-Free Gardens

August 19 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT
Brookline Village Private Gardens, To Be Supplied After Registration
Brookline Village, MA 02445
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A Brookline Village Walking Garden Tour With Landscape Designer, Carol Spitzer $20 ELA Members - $30 Non-Members There is an exciting new trend in ecological landscape design that goes by many names lawn-free, no-mow, or lawn-alternative gardens. The incentives are many: lower maintenance, water conservation, reduced fertilizer/chemical use, increased biodiversity/habitat, and the greatest incentive – the stunning diversity of gardens! Landscape designer, Carol Spitzer has been designing lawn-free gardens for many years and invites you to join her on a unique…

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$22 - $32

Eco-tour: Two Narrow River Restorations

August 29 @ 10:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Narrow River, Narragansett, RI, Narrow River
Narragansett, RI 02882
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Join us for a two-part restoration tour, one small-scale residential and the other large-scale municipal. Marsh Restoration on Narrow River Donald Leighton is a landscape architect and owner of a property on the Narrow River. For nearly a decade, Donald has been restoring the waterfront including removal of large areas of  invasive plant species including Fragmites, Rosa multiflora, poison ivy, and more. The photo at right shows the property overgrown with invasives and clinging to the Oak tree before restoration began in 2008. For several years, the…

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$170 - $200

Native Woody Plant Materials

August 30 @ 10:00 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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This is a three-part class. * Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 10:00am - 2:30pm * Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 11:00am - 1:00pm * Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:00am - 2:30pm Explore the huge variety of native trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Learn which species grow well in shade, which support local wildlife, and how you should stagger your plantings for continuous bloom, fruit production, and fall color. We’ll discuss growth characteristics, cultural requirements, and best horticultural uses. The course will include…

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September 2017
$20 - $30

Eco-tour: North Creek Nurseries Test and Trial Gardens

September 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
North Creek Nurseries, 388 North Creek Road
Landenberg, PA 19350
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North Creek is a wholesale propagation nursery that specializes in growing starter plants and plugs of perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, vines and shrubs with an emphasis on Eastern US native plants. Landscape Plugs provide planting solutions for ecological projects including storm water management, soil stabilization, landscape restoration and habitat establishment.  North Creek strives to promote sustainable outdoor environments. The company vision is to be a leader in the development and practice of sustainable horticultural systems while ultimately delighting garden owners. Owner…

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