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March 2017
$26 - $32

Rainwater Harvesting: Make Every Drop Count

March 30 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Water simultaneously manages to be the stuff of mystery and our daily routine.   We use it to cook with, wash our dishes, and brush our teeth but very few can stand on the beach and not lose themselves watching the breakers roll in. In the face of climate change water is becoming much more of an issue, we either have too much too little and never when we really need it. Water bans, flooding and erosion are common now and…

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April 2017
$33 - $40

Xeriscaping

April 29 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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Xeriscaping is landscaping that requires no supplemental irrigation once plants have been established. Native plants that are well adapted to the environment and climate can help reduce the need for watering in a garden. Alternatively, landscapes can be designed to eliminate the need for irrigation through water conservation. This class will explain techniques for creating a more drought-proof garden and discuss native plants for xeriscaping in New England. Benjamin Crouch is the proprietor of Land of Plenty, which specializes in…

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May 2017
$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Lincoln Park

May 16 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Lincoln Park, 100 Lincoln Street
Lexington, MA 02421
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Join tour guide Miles Connors for a walking tour of Lincoln Park. The story of Lincoln Park in Lexington MA is one of land reclamation on what historically was a town dump. Today it is an evolving and powerful statement about a community's ability to restore the landscape and create places of beauty and ecological value. The Lincoln Park Committee (a subcommittee of the Lexington Recreation Committee) stewards the 60-acres for the Town of Lexington as open space for the…

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$23 - $33

Eco-Tour: Roger Williams Park – Artful Stormwater Solutions

May 23 @ 10:30 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
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Designed by renowned landscape architect, Horace Cleveland in 1878, the historic Roger Williams Park (RWP) is located in the southern part of Providence, Rhode Island and contains approximately 435 acres of landscaped areas, including the Roger Williams Park Zoo. The original plan included many of the curvilinear roads that follow the natural landscape and the large lakes and strategically placed man-made structures that still exist today. Unfortunately, like many of the historic parks designed in that era, the water quality of…

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June 2017
$23 - $33

Eco-tour: Fuller Brook Park Streambank Restoration

June 7 @ 4:30 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT
Fuller Brook Park, Wellesley, MA 02482 + Google Map

Fuller Brook Severe Erosion Before Restoration The Town of Wellesley, MA started planning a linear park along Fuller Brook and its tributaries in 1897.  More than a century later, Fuller Brook Park is a major community asset, providing an invaluable open space and transportation corridor to residents and visitors alike.  After many decades of intense stream management (including straightening, deepening, and widening; lining portions of the stream edge with concrete; and mowing the streambanks), Fuller Brook…

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$23 - $33

Eco-tour – YardScaping Ecological Demonstration Gardens

June 15 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
YardScaping Demonstration Gardens, Back Cove Park
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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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: Heritage Museums & Garden

June 20 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Heritage Museums & Garden, 67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
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Heritage Museums & Gardens is a premiere public garden featuring a 100-acre property located in historic Sandwich Village, Massachusetts. Heritage boasts beautifully landscaped gardens, an extensive network of nature trails, and special exhibits in the museum galleries. The entrance to this historic property has recently been redesigned to create a green parking area, offering a more beautiful entrance for visitors and much-needed stormwater infrastructure. There is a growing interest in green parking lots that reduce environmental impact, improve safety, while…

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$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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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
$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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