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August 2017

Lush, Lovely, and Lawn-Free Gardens

August 19 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT
Brookline Village Private Gardens, To Be Supplied After Registration
Brookline Village, MA 02445
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$20 - $30 34 tickets left

A Brookline Village Walking Garden Tour With Landscape Designer, Carol Spitzer $20 ELA Members - $30 Non-Members There is an exciting new trend in ecological landscape design that goes by many names lawn-free, no-mow, or lawn-alternative gardens. The incentives are many: lower maintenance, water conservation, reduced fertilizer/chemical use, increased biodiversity/habitat, and the greatest incentive – the stunning diversity of gardens! Landscape designer, Carol Spitzer has been designing lawn-free gardens for many years and invites you to join her on a unique…

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Native Woody Plant Materials

August 30 @ 10:00 am EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$170 - $200 15 tickets left

This is a three-part class. * Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 10:00am - 2:30pm * Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 11:00am - 1:00pm * Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:00am - 2:30pm Explore the huge variety of native trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Learn which species grow well in shade, which support local wildlife, and how you should stagger your plantings for continuous bloom, fruit production, and fall color. We’ll discuss growth characteristics, cultural requirements, and best horticultural uses. The course will include…

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September 2017

Webinar: Kill Your Lawn – And Opt for More Biodiversity

September 12 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,990 tickets left

Lawns are a soul-crushing time suck. Just read the headline of a recent article on washingtonpost.com. According to NASA, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate and most of us would be better off reducing or eliminating them altogether. Learn how to replace your lawn with native plant alternatives that functional, beautiful, and environmentally friendly. Mark Richardson New…

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Eco-tour: North Creek Nurseries Test and Trial Gardens

September 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
North Creek Nurseries, 388 North Creek Road
Landenberg, PA 19350
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$20 - $30 60 tickets left

North Creek is a wholesale propagation nursery that specializes in growing starter plants and plugs of perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, vines and shrubs with an emphasis on Eastern US native plants. Landscape Plugs provide planting solutions for ecological projects including storm water management, soil stabilization, landscape restoration and habitat establishment.  North Creek strives to promote sustainable outdoor environments. The company vision is to be a leader in the development and practice of sustainable horticultural systems while ultimately delighting garden owners. Owner…

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Eco-tour: Celebrating Meadow and Coastal Habitats at Connecticut College Arboretum

September 21 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Connecticut College Arboretum, 270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320 United States
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$23 - $33 39 tickets left

The Connecticut College Arboretum is located in southeastern Connecticut, about 5 miles up the Thames River from Long Island Sound. Join tour guide, Glenn Dreyer for a rare look at some regional native plant and animal habitats including upland meadows, salt marsh, and Mamacoke Island. Upland Meadow and Mamacoke Island We will be visiting a meadow restoration site and the coastal environs of Mamacoke Island on the Thames River, both part of the Connecticut College Arboretum. A meadow restoration project…

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Webinar: The Liberated Landscape: Letting Nature Do the Work

September 25 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,984 tickets left

Over thousands of years plants have evolved to reproduce and proliferate on their own, yet we often go to great effort and expense to carefully place every plant in our designed landscapes. How can we capitalize on the reproductive abilities of plants and actively encourage planted as well as existing species to colonize our landscapes? In this lecture, well-known landscape designer Larry Weaner will discuss principles and protocols for creating dynamic, ecologically rich landscapes where nature does much of the…

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October 2017

Webinar: Artful Rainwater Design – Stormwater Designs that Enhance Aesthetics

October 9 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,997 tickets left

The concept of Artful Rainwater Design, a term coined by Dr. Echols and Ms. Pennypacker, is based on the premise that stormwater management can be designed such that new site amenities are created. These amenities result in greater user satisfaction and perceived value. Looking at rainwater-focused projects nationwide, the presenters will discuss how these designs transformed the treatment of stormwater into attractive landscapes with educational and recreational components.  They will look at specific examples of built designs, explain the principles…

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Webinar: Landscape Options – Focusing on Great Underused Plants

October 19 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,998 tickets left

So many plants - so little space... The options are endless and though some plants have very desirable traits and applications yet, they are rarely used. Darryl Newman from Planters Choice will discuss native cultivars and non-invasive exotic plants that can be used to meet challenging conditions when designing a more formal landscape. He will focus on plants that have great potential but are underused and could, consequently, be phased out of production by suppliers. Mr. Newman will also provide tips…

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Eco-tour: Two Narrow River Restorations

October 24 @ 10:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Narrow River, Narragansett, RI, Narrow River
Narragansett, RI 02882
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$22 - $32 Sold out

Join us for a two-part restoration tour, one small-scale residential and the other large-scale municipal. Marsh Restoration on Narrow River Donald Leighton is a landscape architect and owner of a property on the Narrow River. For nearly a decade, Donald has been restoring the waterfront including removal of large areas of  invasive plant species including Fragmites, Rosa multiflora, poison ivy, and more. The photo at right shows the property overgrown with invasives and clinging to the Oak tree before restoration began in 2008. For several years, the…

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November 2017

Season’s End Summit: The Plant Pollinator Partnership

November 1 @ 8:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
Community Harvest Project Barn, 37 Wheeler Road
North Grafton, MA 01536 United States
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$85 - $110 184 tickets left

As native bees as well as European honey bees struggle for survival, their reduced numbers put natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. And bees are not the only pollinators that are suffering. Beetles, butterflies, ants, birds, and bats all help with pollination. In response, landscape professionals and concerned homeowners across the country are learning more about the habitat needs of the creatures that pollinate plants – and using that knowledge to make planting decisions. In landscapes across the country,…

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