23rd ELA Conference – Sustaining the Living Landscape
March 8 and 9, 2017
The 23rd Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace will take place on March 8 & 9, 2017 at the UMass Campus Center, Amherst, MA. Attendees will be immersed in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscapes!
Looking for New Ideas? Solutions? Inspiration?
We all struggle with the problems of drought, flooding, and plant diseases and pests in our landscapes. Are there planting choices that we can make or methods of caring for soil and managing water that would help us create landscapes that are more resistant to these threats? Join us for the 2017 Annual ELA Conference as our speakers offer their suggestions and solutions to these questions and more. Wednesday’s speakers will focus on the functionality of plants and the art of stormwater management. Thursday’s sessions address revitalizing the soil food web, protecting our waterways, the challenges of transitioning to a toxin free landscape, dealing with drought, and many other topics.
NEW THIS YEAR on Wednesday, we welcome six of our Eco- Marketplace exhibitors to provide tricks of the trade to help you successfully build and sustain attractive and healthy landscapes.
From the practical to the applicable, join us in March as our speakers share their experiences and expertise. Explore topics ranging from the role of aesthetics in ecological restoration to the carnivore’s role in the soil foodweb as we look for ways to design, build, and restore the landscape.
March 8 includes:
* Two workshops: Power of Plants and Artful Stormwater Design
* Keynote speaker: Noel Kingsbury, master plantsman and author
Keynote Address: The Evolution of the Ecological Planting Design
March 9 features:
* Eight Speaker Sessions and four Idea Exchange panels covering a range of ecological topics including:
* Landscapes as a Source of Environmental Change
* The Art of Gardening—Techniques from Chanticleer
* The Science of Soil Biology During Extended Drought
* Native Grass and Wildflower Seeding
And much, much more!
Immerse yourself in this two-day exploration of principles and practices that support the living landscape.
Discount on Conference Hotel
Hotel rooms at Hotel UMass are available to participants for $109 per night. Reservations will be taken no later than February 26, 2017. Register online or call (877) 822-2110 and specify the ELA group promotional code: ELC17C. The discount is NOT available at check-in.