Natural Play and Sustainability in a Maryland City Park

by Nancy Striniste As a landscape designer and former teacher, my specialty and passion is creating sustainable natural play and learning spaces. I’ve worked with dozens of schools and early childhood programs in the mid-Atlantic and along the east coast to create a variety of unique, place-based outdoor spaces for children. When a chance to […]

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New Garden at Cornell Plantations Mundy Wildflower Garden

by Krissy Boys Plans for a new garden began when we realized that an infestation of crown vetch (Coronilla varia), an invasive weed, had to be eradicated from an area in the Mundy Wildflower Garden called “The Gabions.” The name comes from the heavy gauge wire baskets, filled with rocks and stacked one on top of […]

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Effectively Intermingled Perennials

by Dr. Noel Kingsbury I remember, back in 1996, showing the late James van Sweden around a public garden project I was working on at the time, over here in England. I was trying out an approach that intermingled the perennials I was using, rather than using the block planting which was customary at the […]

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Film Review: Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Film by Catherine Zimmerman, 2016 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a 90-minute environmental documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker, Catherine Zimmerman that educates the viewer about the critical role that native plants play in our ecosystems. Beyond the education, the film shares a series of successful, nation-wide initiatives that […]

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Eco-Answers from the Pros: Poison Ivy and Bindweed

I have never used chemicals on my property and do not want to start. Poison ivy, which I am HIGHLY allergic to, is showing up in more and more places on my property – my herb garden included! Also, a very invasive strangling type of morning glory with pink flowers covers my one front garden […]

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So Hard To Say Goodbye

by Trevor Smith, ELA President I was so nervous sitting down to my first ELA board meeting.  At the table were a handful of brilliant, talented individuals who were, surprisingly, all on the same page as I was. I was home.  (more…)

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Looking Forward with ELA

by Theresa Sprague I attended my first ELA conference shortly after finishing my master’s degree at the Conway school. As a newly minted grad I had a lot of big ideas, but not a lot of confidence in what to do with them. The first sessions I attended at the conference were presented by the […]

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Mechanical Control of Invasive Shrubs on Oyster River Forest in Durham, NH

by Gerry Hawkes In September of 2014, the eight-acre, abandoned West Field on Oyster River Forest was cleared of invasive shrubs by uprooting and shredding. This was a superior alternative to herbicides because it eliminated the risk of watershed and aquifer contamination; left no standing dead shrubs; smoothed and prepared planting sites in the process […]

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