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September 2017

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 36 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 1,952 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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Seasonal Inspiration for The Fall Garden

September 28 @ 5:30 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$18 - $21 16 tickets left

Sometimes the best way to think about your own garden is to visit someone else’s for inspiration. Enjoy a walk around Garden in the Woods with Botanic Garden Director Mark Richardson to learn about some of his favorite plants for the fall garden.   Mark Richardson New England Wild Flower Society. Mark Richardson oversees the New England Wildflower Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm in Whately, Massachusetts. He studied ornamental horticulture…

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October 2017

Webinar: Landscape Options – Focusing on Great Underused Plants

October 19 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,986 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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Designing A Garden For All Seasons: Autumn Edition

October 24 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$62 - $73 15 tickets left

How do you create an all-season garden that both captivates people and provides for wildlife year-round? Anna Fialkoff will discuss designs and plant palettes for your garden that focus on structure and seasonal themes, with special attention to fall gardens. Afterward, you will walk through the Garden to see how the Society’s horticulture team tackles the autumn season. Presented by Anna Fialkoff.   Anna Fialkoff is an Ecological Horticulturist & Designer at Garden in the Woods, New England Wild Flower…

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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 - $110 177 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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Webinar: Engineered Soils for Permeable Pathways

November 8 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,997 tickets left

Stabilized stonedust / Stabilized decomposed granite – The Natural Choice for permeable ADA-complaint pathways Stabilized stonedust (also called stabilized decomposed granite) is a permeable paving option that is seeing increased use in recent years. This material is a blend of fine crushed aggregate (3/8” minus) and a water-activated, psyllium based binder. This webinar will explain how this paving material is made, provide pathway design and construction recommendations, best practices for successful performance, and examine some case studies. Tony Will has more…

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Conference: The Evolving Role of Urban Landscapes

November 14 @ 8:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
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$119 - $139 288 tickets left

Increasing urban growth continues to raise concerns about biodiversity, ecosystem function, and ultimately, sustainability. Ecological designers are making some progress in developing semi-wild areas, landscape connectivity, and resilience. A variety of initiatives are creating green space in urban areas including canopy tree projects, preserving natural areas, encouraging rooftop planting, designing new green spaces, and promoting wild, successional vegetation taking root in unused lots. These green spaces, especially large tree projects and meadows, can cover large urban areas. Join us for…

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ELA’s New York Ecological Landscape Conference

November 30 @ 9:00 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT
Prospect Park Picnic House, 95 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$119 - $139 299 tickets left

Sponsor Outstanding Plants for the Productive Urban Landscape The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) in collaboration with Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a symposium for landscape professionals on Thursday, November 30th at Prospect Park (The Picnic House), Brooklyn, New York.  Click here for symposium schedule. Click here for conference discount at NU Hotel in Brooklyn.  Click here for Sponsorship opportunities. American Horticulture is undergoing a revolution. From native plants in plant communities, to matrix-planted xeriscapes, to new perennial grasslands with wildlife…

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December 2017

Seasonal Inspiration for The Winter Garden

December 2 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$18 - $21 16 tickets left

Sometimes the best way to think about your own garden is to visit someone else’s for inspiration. Enjoy a walk around Garden in the Woods with Botanic Garden Director Mark Richardson to learn about some of his favorite plants for the winter garden.   Mark Richardson New England Wild Flower Society. Mark Richardson oversees the New England Wildflower Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm in Whately, Massachusetts. He studied ornamental horticulture…

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Meadows 1 2 3

December 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$73 - $88 50 tickets left

No one can grow an instant meadow, but in this one-day seminar you can quickly increase your understanding of what it takes to create one. The topics covered include: what a meadow is; what makes a good meadow site; how you can prepare for planting, select plant species, and find seeds or plugs; how to plant; and what to expect from your meadow in years one, two, and three. Class taught by Kathy Connolly, Landscape Designer at Speaking of Landscapes,…

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Webinar: Invasive Plant Control Without Chemicals

December 12 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,998 tickets left

Persistent, Relentless, Tenacious…such are the words we deploy to describe our nemesis weeds and invasive species. Invasive plant species colonize degraded landscapes and overtake native plants robbing the area of critical ecosystem services. These exotic plants spread rampantly when they are free of natural checks and balances found in their native range.  A handful of high-impact, aggressive non-natives affect soil health, biodiversity, and even land access. Who wants to hack their way through a tangle of unyielding multi-flora rose, common buckthorn, and…

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January 2018

Webinar: Transitioning to Ecological Landscape Practices – Toxin-Free Landscapes

January 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,996 tickets left

The reasons to remove toxic chemicals from our landscapes are many and many homeowners are seeking landscape professionals who can deliver healthier landscape options. However, too often clients give up on pesticide- and fertilizer-free landscapes because their expectations are not met, the results are not what they had in mind, or the process is confusing to them. How do landscape professionals educate, manage expectations, and keep a client’s trust during the transition? Edwina von Gal from Perfect Earth Project will…

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Webinar: Invasive Plants: What Are They? And What Can Be Done?

January 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
Free 997 tickets left

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 native food and cover for wildlife, and threaten rare plant and animal species. Nearly all landscapes, both private gardens and public spaces have become the unwelcome home to many invasives. Bruce Wenning, is an invasive plant specialist…

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February 2018

Webinar: Landscape Maintenance Practices for Native Bees

February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Free - $10 1,998 tickets left

Pollinators (including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, butterflies, and other species) are essential to healthy ecosystems. Pollinators support the success and vigor of flowering plants, making ecosystems stronger, more resilient, and enhancing the environment for human populations. Decades of stressors (including the loss, degradation, and fragmentation of habitat, reduction in the number and quality of food sources, reduction in the availability of sites for breeding, nesting, and roosting, and improper use of pesticides and herbicides) have severely and adversely…

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Designing Gardens for Small Spaces

February 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$120 - $144 12 tickets left

Two day class - February 6 and February 13. Small garden spaces present the designer with the challenge of how to realize big ideas in tight quarters. Yet small sites don’t mean the garden must lack interest. This hands-on design workshop will tackle the garden as a composition by exploring enclosed space, lighting, plant characteristics, and personal expression. Instructor: Cheryl Salatino is a Landscape Designer, with a Certificate in Landscape Design from Radcliffe Seminars of Harvard University and a Certified Massachusetts Horticulturist.…

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Native Plants for Urban Design

February 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am EDT - 11:00 am EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$15 - $17 12 tickets left

Join Amy Nyman to learn about native plants for urban design. She will identify native plants that can be used in urban landscapes and explain the specific design characteristics those plants offer. She will also include an overview of urban challenges and strategies for supporting plant resiliency. Instructor: Amy Nyman is a Landscape Designer and owner of Ruby Leaf Design providing landscape planning and ecological solutions including site analysis, landscape restoration, water management, native plant use, hardscaping, master plans, planting…

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March 2018

Eco-Marketplace Exhibitor Registration

March 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am EDT - March 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT
UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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$50 - $2000 255 tickets left

Reserve Your Exhibit Space for 2018! Excellent Floor Plan with Prime Booth Locations! The 24th Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace takes place at UMass Amherst on March 7 & 8, 2018. The ELA Conference brings together landscape professionals who care deeply about the health and wellbeing of the landscape. Make your company part of their success stories and  become a key player in the future of sustainable landscapes. Click here for sample Exhibitor Brochure! Updated brochure available in September. Click here for sample Conference Sponsorship Opportunities! Reserve…

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Native Plants For Landscape Design

March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am EDT - 11:00 am EDT
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$15 - $17 12 tickets left

Native plants offer as much design value as the traditional exotic plants used in most American landscapes - and they provide considerably more in terms of ecosystem value. This class will identify native plants formerly unused in the designed landscape and discuss the characteristics they offer in specific site conditions.   Instructor: Amy Nyman is a Landscape Designer and owner of Ruby Leaf Design providing landscape planning and ecological solutions including site analysis, landscape restoration, water management, native plant use,…

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