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February 2017
$39 - $47

Design with Water in Mind

February 25 @ 9:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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The Northeast has experienced some of the worst drought conditions on record in 2016. Join us for this program to learn techniques to help you direct, store, and use water in your garden. We’ll discuss practices that can be applied to all conditions, from extremely dry soil to soil that inundates during storms. We’ll begin with an overview of site analysis, discuss various water management systems, and conclude with native plant selections suitable for various sites. Instructor: Amy Nyman is…

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March 2017
$26 - $32

Rainwater Harvesting: Make Every Drop Count

March 2 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Water simultaneously manages to be the stuff of mystery and our daily routine.   We use it to cook with, wash our dishes, and brush our teeth but very few can stand on the beach and not lose themselves watching the breakers roll in. In the face of climate change water is becoming much more of an issue, we either have too much too little and never when we really need it. Water bans, flooding and erosion are common now and…

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$33 - $40

Xeriscaping

March 4 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Xeriscaping is landscaping that requires no supplemental irrigation once plants have been established. Native plants that are well adapted to the environment and climate can help reduce the need for watering in a garden. Alternatively, landscapes can be designed to eliminate the need for irrigation through water conservation. This class will explain techniques for creating a more drought-proof garden and discuss native plants for xeriscaping in New England. Benjamin Crouch is the proprietor of Land of Plenty, which specializes in…

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$60 - $330

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2017

March 8 @ 8:00 am EST - March 9 @ 5:00 pm EST
UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, , MA
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Early Registration Discounts through February 26th! 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! Click here to read the ELA Conference brochure! Looking for New Ideas? Solutions? Inspiration? We all struggle with the problems of drought, flooding, and plant diseases…

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$135 - $162

Bones of the Garden: Strengthening the Design

March 13 @ 6:30 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Every memorable landscape has one thing in common—strong “bones.” The placement of structural plants creates form, directs movement, and organizes the garden. Exploring the concepts of scale and creation of space, you will develop your own site-specific design and receive feedback on your ideas. During the final session, the class will walk in the Garden. Join us for this 3-class workshop: Monday, March 13; 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Instructor: Cheryl…

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$13 - $15

We’re in A Tight Spot

March 16 @ 11:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Join Amy Nyman for this one-hour lecture to learn about native plants and design techniques that can be used to beautify small urban spaces. Instructor: Amy Nyman is a Landscape Designer and owner of Ruby Leaf Design providing landscape planning and ecological solutions including site analysis, landscape restoration, water management, native plant use, hardscaping, master plans, planting plans, and edible landscaping. Amy’s believes that design is a balance of function, beauty, and health. Her professional goal is to help people…

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Free - $10

Webinar: Designing with Plant Communities in Mind

March 21 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

Presented by Claudia West, Author of "Planting in a Post-Wild World" Ecological plantings are gaining popularity, but also face challenges due to environmental conditions and cultural expectations. When these plantings fail, it discourages future ecological landscaping efforts. We won’t solve this problem if we continue to design as if it we were painting on canvas, perceiving plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach: a plant community based approach that evolved from the world of…

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$53 - $64

Foundation Gardens that say “Welcome Home”

March 25 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Foundation gardens and entryways can make or break the “welcome factor” and visual appeal of a home or community building. Unfortunately, foundations are often plagued by poor soil, building shadows, foot traffic, deicers, storm runoff, and more. This seminar offers surprising new ways of seeing the complicated but valuable foundation area through design concepts. Plan before you plant! Kathy Connolly has been involved with horticulture, land care, and landscape design for 30 years. As a landscape designer, she helps clients…

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June 2017
$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Fuller Brook Park Streambank Restoration

June 7 @ 4:30 pm EST - 6:30 pm EST
Fuller Brook Park, Wellesley, MA 02482 + Google Map

Fuller Brook Severe Erosion Before Restoration The Town of Wellesley, MA started planning a linear park along Fuller Brook and its tributaries in 1897.  More than a century later, Fuller Brook Park is a major community asset, providing an invaluable open space and transportation corridor to residents and visitors alike.  After many decades of intense stream management (including straightening, deepening, and widening; lining portions of the stream edge with concrete; and mowing the streambanks), Fuller Brook…

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$23 - $33

Eco-tour – YardScaping Ecological Demonstration Gardens

June 15 @ 4:00 pm EST - 6:00 pm EST
YardScaping Demonstration Gardens, Back Cove Park
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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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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