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February 2016
Free - $10

Principles of Ecological Landscape Design – Getting It Right

February 23 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST
Mt. Cuba in the Mist

There is growing expectation and demand that designed landscapes—from public parks to backyards—should not only be beautiful and functional, but also sustainable. For constructed landscapes to perform as we need them to, we must get their underlying ecology right. Based upon his recently released Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, Travis Beck helps translate the science of ecology into design practice. In this webinar, Mr. Beck explains key ecological concepts and their application to the design and management of sustainable landscapes.…

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March 2016
$23 - $33

Tips for Working with Landscape Contractors for Ecologically-Sound Installations

March 2 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:00 pm EST
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Setting Granite Post

As designers, you have probably experienced “dream projects” and a few “nightmare projects” as well. Often the difference between the two is effective communication – or the lack of it – between the designer and the landscape contractor. With adequate planning and careful communication, challenges are addressed in a timely and cost-effective manner and other problems are avoided altogether. Join ELA and our panel of landscape professionals for an enlightening discussion on how to improve communications with landscape contractors. By…

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$5 - $330

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2016

March 9 - March 10
UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center,
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Sustaining the Living Landscape The 22nd Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace March 9 & 10, 2016 at the UMass Campus Center, Amherst, MA Immerse yourself in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscapes! Early registration discounts available through 2/28.         Scroll Down to Register! Join ELA now to take advantage of Member discounts to the conference! If you are already an ELA Member, log into your account to get the member discount registration options. Click Here to View…

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April 2016
$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Battery Park City Composting – Building a Sustainable Eco-System

April 6 @ 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST
Battery Park City,
75 Battery Place 4th Floor
New Nork, NY 10280 United States
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Eric “T.” Fleisher is the Director of Horticulture for the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. Battery Park City, located at the southwestern tip of Manhattan, is a closed-loop park system that is managed organically. The park was originally created by land reclamation on the Hudson River using soil and rock excavated during large infrastructure construction projects. For more than 25 years, T. has worked to develop a sustainable and organic methodology that has made Battery Park City’s ecological approach a…

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$86 - $104

Soil Workshop – Ground Rules: Measuring Soil Health and Managing Site Challenges in the Urban Landscape

April 24 @ 9:00 am EST - 3:30 pm EST
The Garden in the Woods,
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Before and After Soil Testing and Corrections

Co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscape Alliance and the New England Wild Flower Society Presented by Chuck Sherzi $86 ELA and New England Wild Flower Society Member $104 Non-member Soils are diverse, complex, and critical to healthy landscapes, yet full of mystery. To understand holistic soil management, Chuck Sherzi offers fresh insight and a new diagnostic approach beyond the traditional soil test. This indoor/outdoor, hands-on workshop introduces the concept of the soil health assessment and the implementation of soil health indicators…

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May 2016
Free

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

May 22 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:00 pm EST
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 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, where…

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June 2016
$162 - $190

Herbaceous Native Plants for Professionals

June 5 @ 10:00 am EST - 3:00 pm EST
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 familiar native herbaceous species…

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$23 - $33

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

June 9 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
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 EST - 3:00 pm EST
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 familiar native herbaceous species…

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$22 - $32

Eco-tour: Recreational Lake Shore Restoration: Lake Massapoag

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