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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wed, March 4 @ 8:00 am EST - Thu, March 5 @ 5:00 pm EST

$5 – $460
ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace offers 20 sessions ranging from an in-depth look at insects, plants, and soil to larger concepts of creating urban habitat, repairing degraded land, and restoring human connections to the natural world.

Webinar: The Role of Landscape in Our Global Environmental Crisis

Thu, January 23 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

In this presentation, Mr. Quinn will use his company’s approach as an example for how you can have a positive impact by creating landscapes that positively influence the biosphere.

Webinar: Reliable Hydrangea Blooms? Choose Natives

Tue, February 4 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Landscape Designer, Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas.

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Featured Articles

More Than a Rain Garden: Green Infrastructure Addresses Environmental Problems Across Scales

by Kate Cholakis and Seth Charde

Green infrastructure is trending, achieving buzzword status within the fields of civil engineering, landscape architecture, city planning, and climate resiliency. Professionals in these fields might use this term to describe a rain garden, green roof, or plant-based sewage treatment plant. The term might also be used to describe a forested city park, restored urban stream corridor, or expanded coastal marsh. These strategies share the connecting thread of water management.

    Tools to Help Landscape Professionals Tackle Climate Change: An Ongoing Challenge

    by Amanda Sloan

    Many landscape professionals realize they are in a unique position both to notice changes to the local environment resulting from greenhouse gas emissions and to propose and enact creative solutions to counteract those changes. In 2018, ELA began discussion at the board level about what kinds of practical tools could be developed and promulgated to help landscape professionals transition to methods that do not cause greenhouse gas emissions. Subsequently, the ELA’s Carbon Working Group was formed and is looking for input.

      An Urban Oasis Designed with Community in Mind

      by Jennifer Kimball

      At the end of a block of brick row houses in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston sit four abandoned lots overgrown with shoulder high weeds. Six raised garden beds speak to the desire of area residents to reclaim this space and to build a community garden in their neighborhood. Those lots are now poised to become a new public green space that will provide residents of all ages a place to gather, attend public performances, enjoy nature, and grow their own food.

        Growing Green Infrastructure

        by Leslie Nemo

        As cities’ interest in green infrastructure grows, so does the need to develop strategies and resources to maintain it. Urban projects designed to manage stormwater promise huge benefits as climate changes — but they also demand a new kind of care.

          Recent Articles

          The Top Ten Successful Meadow Species and Why

          by Penn Marchael

          Establishing a meadow is difficult; you have to combat chaotic weather forecasts and wait at least three years to see results all while managing clients’ anxiety around whether or not it’s working. Knowing which species typically have the most success in establishment and longevity is a crucial factor in creating a sustainable meadow. Here are the top ten meadow species (from seed) that will make your meadows work.

          The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

          by Jennifer Jewell

          Women have been sowers of seeds and tenders of seedlings for a very, very long time. For much of that time these women didn’t have the time or the means to document their history. There is no telling the whole story of women making their lives with plants or women broadening the field of plant knowledge and practice. I can’t even superficially acknowledge all the women in plants who’ve cultivated this territory before us, except to say the compost-rich soil they left behind is what germinated the seeds that grew the vibrant women I’m writing about today.

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          ELA’s one- and two-day regional conferences offer cutting-edge knowledge, useful information, CEU’s, and invaluable opportunities for engagement with fellow professionals. Conference sponsors present their ecologically-focused products and services while supporting ecological education.

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          “A Focus on Sustainability” is an interactive webinar series geared to the needs of landscape professionals and gardeners. Experts from across the country present a wide range of topics relevant to sustainability. Webinars are developed in collaboration with several like-minded, ecologically-focused organizations that also provide regional education programs.

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          The conference was wonderful; it always is for me. I especially love that it is not ever dumbed down and I love being immersed in my most favorite subjects. It’s always astounding to me how well vetted the keynote speakers are. They are always so inspiring. It’s great to see familiar faces, old friends, and to make new friends in the fields that I love.

          Andi R.

          I especially enjoyed the Conference and felt like I learned quite a bit. I plan to make attending an annual event, either for me or one of my work colleagues.

          Michele A.

          The ELA Conference always cures my “winter blues” by re-energizing for the new season, but it also inspired my creative thinking, opening myself up to inspirational thought can lead to new ideas.

          Lori S.

          Thanks - another great webcast. For those of us living too far away to take advantage of other ELA offerings, your webinars are eagerly awaited. I teach classes at the NC Arboretum, and always tell my students about them.

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          Thank you for the great ELA newsletters - very informative!

          Stephanie H

          "I just returned from visiting the Celebrating Natives gardens in Concord and Lincoln. They were so interesting and the homeowners answered any questions we had. Please do this again. It is a wonderful way to spread the word on ecological gardening. Thanks."

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          I loved the Roy Diblik design workshop. Educational, hands on and inspirational. Great job!

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          I thoroughly enjoy being a member of ELA. In fact, I get the most out of my membership from your organization than from any other professional organization I belong to. Your educational opportunities are fantastic, I have enjoyed every webinar I've ever attended, and your newsletter is always informative and helps me do my work. Thank you!

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          THANKS FOR THIS WEBINAR EVENT -- and to the author for the links to the Rodale Institute. To-the-point, compact (but not compacted!), memorable and motivating!

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          I just wanted to let you know I thought the conference was fantastic. It was so informative and the speakers where great! Thanks so much.

          Kim H. Kim Hoyt Architect & Landscape Architect P.C.

          I learned so much from David Seiter’s webinar.  I love the scientific approach and thinking differently about some plant species in terms of services, design, interaction with people, etc. Thank you!

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          Thank you everyone for the energy you put into ELA. These programs shine from your involvement, expertise, and love of nature. I’m excited for what the next year will bring.

          Mark H.

          Thanks so much for organizing a great informative Mid-Atlantic conference. The speakers were all excellent and very enlightening, I came away with lots of new knowledge. I also enjoyed meeting and networking with lots of like minded professionals.

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