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January 2015

Webinar: Tools and Equipment for the Management of Invasive Species in Natural Areas

January 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Steven Manning will open the toolbox and outline examples of many effective treatments for integrated management of invasive plants. Steve will highlight the good the bad and the ugly learned from more than 20 years of on the ground experience controlling invasive plants in the United States.   This includes equipment highlights, effective and ineffective selective and non-selective control methods, the consequences of proper hiring practices, and associated costs and will cover herbicide application methods, manual, mechanical and cultural control. Steven…

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25 Steps to Business Success

January 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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In this 2 hour presentation, Frank Crandall from Horticultural Solutions will share 25 steps to achieving business success including marketing ideas, sales techniques and management tips that you can use in your company immediately. After the presentation (1.5 hours) we will have 30 minutes to discuss the topics as a group. These effective and proven steps will allow you to develop your own plan for success in 2015! Topics include: 7 Low cost, Effective Marketing Ideas: Social media including Houzz,…

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Building the Ecological Landscape: Materials, Technology, and Design

January 21, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Montvale Plaza,
54 Montvale Ave , Stoneham, MA 02180 United States
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With the growth of new technologies for permeable pavement, sustainably-sourced materials, and energy-efficient lighting, today’s landscape professional faces new opportunities and new challenges.  Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) for this symposium to explore ecological approaches to the design and construction of hardscapes.  Participants in this symposium will learn how to select new and traditional materials and how to bring them together to create durable and beautiful high-performance landscapes. Through case studies and panel discussions, the symposium will address: How…

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Webinar: Xeriscape: Whole System Planning and Practice

January 29, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Christie  Green will present an overview of planning and installing xeriscapes using examples from her work in the Southwestern US. Her presentation will cover landscapes as living ecological and cultural systems using long-term and large-scale vision in the planning. She will discuss water use zones, passive water harvesting, soil building, selection of plant species for different water zones and purposes and provision of edibles for humans and birds. Learn from examples of each principle how the whole system works together…

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February 2015

Free Webinar: Edible Native Plants for Your Landscape

February 11, 2015 @ 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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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2015

February 25, 2015 - February 26, 2015
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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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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