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June 2016
$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Edible Landscape Oasis – Permaculture in Practice

June 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Paradise Lot,
147 Brown Ave
Holyoke, MA 01040 United States
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Paradise Lot - Edible Oasis

Imagine growing vegetables that require the same amount of care as perennial flowers and shrubs, need no annual tilling or planting, yet thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season – Jonathan Bates (along with Eric Toensmeier) has made it happen! Jonathan lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts where the climate is cold, often wet, and seldom enjoys three days of sunshine in a row. It is not an ideal growing climate by any standards. Yet, on a single evening…

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July 2016
$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Wildlife Haven at Turkey Hill Brook Farm

July 23 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Turkey Hill Brook Farm,
88 Wire Village Road
Spencer , MA 01562 United States
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Turkey Hill Brook Farm is a small “habitat" farm in the Worcester Hills that has been landscaped for wildlife and sustainability since 2004. Invasive plants have been strictly controlled, conventional exotic landscaping plants have gradually been replaced with site-appropriate natives, and local native plant communities have been encouraged to make a return. The farm features several very different habitats (open meadow, woods, pond and stream), each supporting a diversity of adapted plants along with their co-evolved wildlife species. Other areas…

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$30 - $40

What Role Do “Nativars” Play in an Ecological Landscape?

July 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Geranium sanguineum Elke

As interest increases in native plants for ecological landscapes, growers and nurseries are meeting the demand through increased production of native plant cultivars (nativars) and through asexual propagation methods like cuttings, grafting, and tissue culture. While asexual propagation is perhaps the quickest way to produce large quantities of plants in order to meet demand, a landscape composed entirely of clonal plants (even if they are native) does not offer the same level of ecosystem services as a genetically diverse landscape…

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August 2016
$18 - $23

Eco-tour – YardScaping Ecological Demonstration Gardens

August 3 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
YardScaping Demonstration Gardens,
Back Cove Park
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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YardScaping Photo 2

YardScaping inspires property owners to create and maintain healthy landscapes that minimize reliance on water, fertilizer, and pesticides.  A diverse team of volunteers from Maine public, private, profit and non-profit organizations created this educational project to showcase the possibilities for attractive, low-input, and low-impact gardening. The landscape is a series of linked gardens, from a small, pocket urban garden, to a free-flowing wild garden. The design incorporates native and non-invasive plants, lawn grasses, and wildflowers especially suited to southern and…

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$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Landscape Design with Maintenance in Mind

August 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Rose Kennedy Greenway,
Beech Street
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Greenway Landscape Design

Landscapes are dynamic, over time they grow and change and ultimately require maintenance to look their best. The extent of maintenance required is often a direct result of the design process. A well-planned design can minimize maintenance and result in a beautiful garden that provides years of enjoyment. Join Landscape Designer and Senior Horticulturist, Darrah Cole, to learn about maintenance practices at the Rose Kennedy Greenway and what design changes are being made to reduce maintenance time and expense at…

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$18 - $23

Eco-tour: Bird Park Ecological Management = Beautiful and Healthy Ecosystems

August 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Bird Park,
251 Washington Street
East Walpole, MA 02032 United States
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Co-sponsored by: The Ecological Landscape Alliance & The Trustees of Reservations                            Join The Trustees Ecologist, Russ Hopping, for a unique walking tour of Francis William Bird Park, an 89-acre reservation in Walpole, designed by renowned landscape architect and town planner, John Nolen. Russ will discuss the park’s land use history and The Trustees’ ongoing efforts to promote biodiversity and ecological resiliency. Russ Hopping’s passion for the sustainable landscape management practices in use at Bird Park is contagious! Eco-tour attendees will…

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September 2016
$23 - $28

Eco-tour: Sustainable Eco-Systems for Wildlife

September 14 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Mount Auburn Cemetery,
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Mount Auburn Cemetery Bio-Filtration at Willow Pond Includes 2,000 Aquatic Plants

Join ELA and tour guide, Paul Kwiatkowski, to learn about the Wildlife Action Plan at Mount Auburn Cemetery. This walking tour will include highlights of the ongoing work to create and sustain important ecosystem functions on this 175-acre property in Cambridge, MA. This multi-year project enhances wildlife habitat while also encouraging visitors to reconnect with the landscape. Paul Kwiatkowski will discuss how they developed and implemented projects ranging from finding the necessary funding and creating a citizen science volunteer program to addressing storm…

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Free - $10

Webinar: Reawaking Large Landscapes – Activating the Space

September 20 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
Garden Signage

Presented by Sandy Vorce, Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary Large landscapes pose challenges – but also opportunities. In this presentation, Sandy Vorce invites us to expand our landscape vision to more fully engage visitors. Through sights, sounds, and design options (beyond plant material), landscapes can educate, entertain, and inspire. There are many ways to activate the space, draw visitors in, and enrich the experience: from easily implemented ideas such as expanded signage, pollinator gardens, and edible landscape elements to surprisingly effective…

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Inspiration from a Prairie

September 23 @ 8:30 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Hempstead Plains Education and Research Center,
Nassau Community College
Garden City, NY 11530 United States
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Hempstead Plains NY Meadow

Join co-hosts the Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College and the Ecological Landscape Alliance to learn about this unique Sustainable SITES Initiative project. Registrations are through the Friends of Hempstead Plains. Click here to download registration form. Morning Session (3.0 CEUs)   -  $70.00 8:30-9:00am Registration 9:00-10:00am Creating a Pollinator and Bird Friendly Landscape Vinnie Simone, Director of Panting Fields Arboretum 10:00-11:00am Native Plants and their Cultivars in the Designed Landscape Rich Gibney, RLA, Gibney Design Landscape Architecture PC…

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October 2016
$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Ecological Landscape Maintenance Techniques at Mass Audubon

October 4 @ 3:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary,
10 Juniper Rd
Belmont, MA 02478 United States
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Habitat Formal Garden CR

At Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, well-maintained trails wind through serene forests of deciduous and evergreen trees, across meadows, and around ponds and vernal pools. Located just six miles from downtown Boston, this unique 90-acre natural oasis offers recreation and environmental education for all ages. With a wide range of habitats, maintenance on this property is diverse, challenging, and never ending but careful planning along with well-executed ecological practices are proving successful. Join tour guide, Sandy Vorce…

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