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November 2014

Wrentham Farms Composting Operation

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Manufacturing and Utilizing Compost Wrentham Farms, Wrentham, Mass. The benefits of compost as a soil amendment to boost organic matter, nutrient levels, and water-holding capacity are common knowledge, but compost is also valuable for applications that are less well known. Slope stabilization, erosion control, and protection of surface water features by adsorbing and deactivating contaminants are some ways compost can be used beyond simply incorporating it into soil. And, for any application, what tools are available to landscape professionals seeking…

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ELA Season’s End Summit – Residential Restoration

November 12
Crane Estate,
290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938 United States
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Restoring the Beauty and Function of Residential Landscapes Co-sponsored by APLD New England Chapter Wednesday, November 12, 2014   –    8:00am – 4:30pm Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA $85.00 ELA Member – $110 Non-Member Including Lunch and Networking with Colleagues Space is limited – Register today!  Summit Schedule Landscape designers are often faced with the challenge of restoring gardens that have fallen into disrepair due to lack of maintenance, changing light availability, overzealous plants, or any number of other influences that change…

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Webinar: Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach

November 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach” will cover simple stormwater management strategies for residential properties that encourage infiltration of runoff on site, thus reducing pollutant loads to surface waters. Line drawings illustrate how a degraded lakeshore property can be transformed to an attractive and highly functional site. With simple observations, ecologically-based design and low impact maintenance practices, you can protect, and even improve, the quality of our water resources. The presentation draws strongly on a New England sense…

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November 20 @ 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. This summer ELA introduces Members’ Receptions – and they are FREE. ELA members are invited to ELA’s Members’ Reception on November 20th. This ELA member event takes place in Plymouth, MA at the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) community center. Our host for this event, SEMPBA is working to…

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December 2014

Webinar: Landscape Design: Therapeutic Wellness Gardens

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ecological landscape professionals have long understood the connection between healthy landscapes and human health. Landscape Architect, Tom Benjamin, takes this connection one step further by creating therapeutic wellness gardens in the midst of healing facilities such as the Kent Hospital in Rhode Island. In this webinar, Tom Benjamin will share his insights and the techniques that he has used to integrate human “well-being” and environmental health into wellness designs for heavily developed sites. Tom’s presentation will cover the planning, implementation,…

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Webinar: The Magical Appeal of Moss Landscape Designs

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Moss landscapes offer a magical appeal with verdant expanses that seem to encapsulate our spirits with a sense of serenity. Yet, the environmental advantages of eco-friendly mosses add another element of magic through the creation of outdoor living spaces that complement natural ecosystems. As Planet Earth’s oldest living land plants (450 million years old), bryophytes – mosses and their cousins, liverworts and hornworts – are native to all parts of the world. Mosses not only survive but actually thrive in…

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Webinar: Creating Outdoor Magic: Designing Natural Play and Learning Spaces

December 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Research tells us that time in nature provides many benefits to children’s mental and physical health yet children today are spending less time outside than a generation ago. There is less freedom to roam and less access to wild spaces, so it falls to designers to create spaces that will provide the connection to nature that is essential to healthy human development. An experienced landscape designer and former teacher shares insights and inspiring images of earth-friendly, child-friendly natural playspaces. Projects…

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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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Webinar: Xeriscape: Whole System Planning and Practice

January 21, 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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