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February 2015

Free Webinar: Edible Native Plants for Your Landscape

February 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

There’s an increasing inclination to utilize more native species in home landscaping and in parks and other conserved landscapes, thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which extol the virtues of native plants over exotic ornamentals for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects.  Yet, for some property owners/managers, this alone may be insufficient motivation to “go native”.  Perhaps knowing that many native species are edible by people too will provide an additional incentive to plant native species.  Juneberries (Amelanchier…

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Webinar: Soil Biology

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Soil contains an incredible diversity of organisms that make up the Soil Food Web. You may consider yourself a landscaper. In reality you are a landscape supervisor and your workforce is the Soil Food Web. Successfully manage these soil artisans and they create the glorious landscape you desire with minimal input on your part. In this webinar you will learn the invaluable contributions these essential creatures make to the landscape process. Bacteria, fungi, protozoa, mycorrhizae and others improve plant fertility…

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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2015

February 25 - February 26
MassMutual Center,
1277 Main Street, Springfield, 01103 United States
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Sustaining the Living Landscape As we observe increasing pressures and changes in the landscape, it is ever more critical for us to preserve and protect our resources and help sustain local ecosystems. At this year’s 21st Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace, we will explore topics ranging from Mimicking Forest Symbiosis, Designing within the Rating Systems, Coping with Water Extremes, and more as we look for ways to design, build, and maintain more resilient landscapes. Immerse yourself in this two-day exploration…

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March 2015

Webinar: Water Conservation: Landscape Design Strategies

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Each year millions are spent on designing, building, and maintaining landscapes that use too many unsustainable resources and rely on unsustainable practices. There is little thought given to water conservation in traditional landscape design and the result is a continuing depletion of our water resources. Gary Krause is committed to landscapes designed with water conservation in mind. As drought conditions become the norm in many parts of the country, the need for water-conscious landscape design becomes more critical. This presentation…

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The Orchard Ecosystem

March 18 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Wellesley College,
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 United States
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Join ELA and our host, Wellesley College, for an in-depth discussion of the Orchard Ecosystem. Farmer, writer, and organic orchardist, Michael Phillips will discuss his holistic approach to growing healthy and wholesome tree fruit and berries in this three-hour seminar. Our primary role as fruit growers is to build system health. Embracing forest edge ecology is an important starting point for biological advantage for fruiting plants. Equally apropos are fascinating ecosystem connections that keep insect challenges far more manageable. This…

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Webinar: Low-Impact Construction for Living Landscapes

March 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Doug Nachtigall’s presentation will feature low-impact construction techniques to minimize the negative impacts of landscape construction. With the right equipment and approach, landscape projects can be accomplished with minimal waste and ecological damage. With careful planning, landscapes can utilize nearly 90% reused material. Specialized equipment (such as flotation tires, conveyors, and on-site soil/aggregate screening) is available to tread lightly on the land during construction to minimize soil compaction. This presentation will introduce participants to these low impact construction methods in…

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April 2015

ELA Member Reception

April 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
SEMPBA Community Center,
204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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Current and future ELA Members – this one’s for you! You asked for more opportunities to gather and talk with other ELA members about projects and strategies, and ELA listened. ELA invites you to the South Shore Members’ Reception – and it’s FREE. This second ELA Members’ Reception will take place on April 23rd in Plymouth, MA at the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) community center.   Our host for this event, SEMPBA is working to better protect, enhance…

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