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June 2017
$10 - $20

The Role of Plants in an Aquatic Ecosystem

June 27 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Fourth Generation Nursery, 52 Bates Street
Mendon, MA 01756 United States
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Aquatic plants are an essential part of all natural lakes, ponds, and streams - providing food and shelter for fish and other wildlife, improving water clarity, and in many cases absorbing pollutants. But the benefit that is most obvious is the visual appeal of aquatic plants. The interest in water features in the built landscape continues to grow, with good reason. Waterscapes including rain gardens, constructed wetlands, streams, waterfalls, and ponds are restorative and beautiful in addition to the habitat…

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Free

Birds & Bees: Meadows and Native Field Trials

June 30 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Linden L.A.N.D. Group, 6608 Route 116
Shelburne, VT 05482 United States
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An Open House at Rebecca and Tim Lindenmeyr’s Meadow and Studio June 30, 2017 in Shelburne, Vermont ELA has been invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the design process and completed meadow at the Lindenmeyr property. There is no such thing as a native meadow in our area (it’s a stage of succession) but Rebecca plants meadows that contain native plants in residential landscapes in an effort to capture a feeling of openness and freedom; to replace traditional lawns; and…

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July 2017
$26 - $32

Tried and True Natives

July 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Ask any veteran gardener, landscape designer, ecologist, or botanist what their favorite plant is and they’ll berate you for limiting their selection to just one - but you can be sure each one of them has a list of favorites. Perhaps they are tasty, good for pollinators, or just downright beautiful but either way they are the plants they know they can count on. Join Dan Jaffe to learn about those tried and true native species that will never let…

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$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Irrigation Tools and Techniques at The Greenway and Seaport Parks

July 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Beech Street
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Landscapes and recreational facilities are the greenspace that provide ecosystem services and aesthetics that enhance our quality of life in urban settings. With the growing variability of weather, maintaining these landscapes relies on well-designed irrigation systems to conserve water and the energy to deliver it. Join us for a tour to two urban sites in downtown Boston that demonstrate a variety of irrigation types and practices to help save water. First stop on the tour is the Rose Kennedy Greenway…

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$10 - $20

Phyto Filtration: The Power of Plants

July 20 @ 9:30 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT
Fourth Generation Nursery, 52 Bates Street
Mendon, MA 01756 United States
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Nature uses vegetated depressions, wetlands, marshes, etc. to clean stormwater runoff by removing sediments, turbidity, heavy metals, and other pollutants. Some pollutants are removed by vegetation uptake, some by slowing the flow down enough for sedimentation to occur, and some by biota consumption and ionic attraction around the roots. In the built environment, stormwater best management practices include vegetative removal of pollutants through the use of raingardens, bioswales, vegetative buffers, and constructed wetlands. And common to all of these is…

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$24 - $28

Landscaping for Wildlife – Gardening with a Purpose

July 23 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road
Walpole, NH 03608
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Would you like to learn what plants will attract the greatest number of birds, bees, and butterflies to your property? This workshop will do just that with the help of tour guide, Michael Nerrie. With Distant Hill Garden’s 400 plus species of labeled plants, many of them natives, you will see first-hand some of the trees, shrubs, and perennials best suited to attract wildlife to your garden. Distant Hill Gardens comprises fifty-eight acres of fertile high country land in the hills…

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$30 - $40

Alternatives to Traditional Lawns

July 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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According to NASA scientists, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Traditionally managed lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Despite the “costs” lawns and turf are a predominant feature of the landscape and are valued for recreation as well aesthetics. With growing environmental awareness along with new regulations, it is imperative that responsible homeowners as well as lawn and turf professionals manage…

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$23 - $33

In Pursuit of Balanced Ecosystems, Land Stewardship, and the Perfect Loaf

July 27 @ 10:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
King Arthur Flour Vermont Campus, 135 US-5
Norwich, VT 05055
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Join ELA and invasive plant specialist, Mike Bald, for this walking tour to learn about invasive species management at the Vermont campus of King Arthur Flour. Invasive plant species colonize degraded landscapes and overtake native plants with their associated basket of ecosystem services. These exotic plants spread rampantly when they are free of natural checks and balances found in their native range. Mike Bald was hired by King Arthur Flour in 2014 to address several invasive plant species at the company’s…

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August 2017
$162 - $190

Native Plants for Professionals

August 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Join Dan Jaffe for this two-session class (August 9 and August 16) 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 familiar native herbaceous species to your plant palette. CEU: 1 MCLP; 1MCA   Instructor: Dan Jaffe is the propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society…

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Free

Celebrating Native Plants

August 12 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
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Once on August 12, 2017
Public and Private Gardens in Massachusetts, Locations to be sent after registration.
Various, MA
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Two Tour Dates - Saturday, June 24, 2017 or Saturday, August 12, 2017 From paths, to ponds, to pocket gardens - from borders, to backyards, to botanical gardens, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided, homeowner-guided, or self-guided tours of private and public gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices. These two ELA Eco-tours will: Feature gardens designed entirely or…

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