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May 2016
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Eco-tour: Invasive Plants: What Are They? And What Can Be Done?

May 22 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Bird Park,
251 Washington Street
East Walpole, MA 02032 United States
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What are invasive plant species and what harm do they do to an ecosystem? Invasive plant species are a threat to natural areas throughout the country. No habitat or region is immune from the threat of invasive species. They displace native plants, eliminate native food and cover for wildlife, and threaten rare plant and animal species. As with most public spaces, Bird Park in Walpole, MA is the unwelcome home to many invasives. The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) oversees Bird Park,…

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June 2016
$162 - $190

Herbaceous Native Plants for Professionals

June 5 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Not just for humans, Monarda fistulosa makes a great tea, but also attracts a myriad of wildlife species.

$162 ELA Members - $190 Non-members Not just for humans, Monarda fistulosa makes a great tea, but also attracts a myriad of wildlife species. Join Dan Jaffe for this two session class (June 5 and June 12) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less…

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$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Spring Splendor – The Native Plants at Connecticut College Arboretum

June 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Connecticut College Arboretum,
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320 United States
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The Connecticut College Arboretum is located in southeastern Connecticut, about 5 miles inland from Long Island Sound. Established in 1931 on 60 acres, today the Arboretum's diverse 770 acres include the landscaped grounds of the College campus as well as the surrounding plant collections, natural areas and managed landscapes. The forests include a wide range of native trees including oaks, huckleberry, maples, tulip tree, ash, beech, and black birch. Located on the coast, within the Arboretum there are many wetland…

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$162 - $190

Herbaceous Native Plants for Professionals

June 12 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Not just for humans, Monarda fistulosa makes a great tea, but also attracts a myriad of wildlife species.

$162 ELA Members - $190 Non-members Not just for humans, Monarda fistulosa makes a great tea, but also attracts a myriad of wildlife species. Join Dan Jaffe for this two session class (June 5 and June 12) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less…

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$22 - $32

Eco-tour: Recreational Lake Shore Restoration: Lake Massapoag

June 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Memorial Beach Lake Massapoag,
Intersection Pond Street and Beach Street
Sharon, MA 02067 United States
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Massapoag Restoration Completed SM

$22 ELA Members - $32 Non-Members Like many New England towns, Sharon, MA has its own recreational jewel, a small lake where children learn to swim and sail, enthusiasts fish, and kayakers and canoeists paddle. In heavy use since Colonial times, Lake Massapoag had developed worn and depleted areas along its shoreline, especially at the town park where dumping of beach sand and cutting of typical lakeside vegetation created their own problems. What are some of the ways a lakeside…

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$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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