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Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina – 8/12/20

Wed, August 12 @ 8:30 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

This virtual workshop offers a rare small-group and hands-on design experience with award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer Patrick Cullina. In this advanced workshop, participants will learn how to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as biodiversity and durability without sacrificing artistry. CEUs awarded.

Beauty in Flight: A Virtual Tour of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Butterfly House

Mon, August 10 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

With native plants and nectar aplenty, the Butterfly House at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) is a magical world of color, fragrance, and motion. Join this virtual tour to enjoy the magic.

Class: Shade Gardens: Embracing the Dark Side

Sat, August 22 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

Conducted online: Create lush and vibrant shady gardens by learning how to infuse more color, adventure, and intrigue into those sometimes difficult spaces.

Webinar: Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers

Mon, September 14 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

The 8th Season of A Focus on Sustainability webinar series beings with a look at native groundcovers. Create a living mulch that provides seasonal beauty, is beneficial to wildlife, and moderates soil temperature and moisture.

Webinar: Why Rain Gardens Fail and Tools for Success

Wed, September 23 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

With appropriate planning, design, construction, and maintenance, rain gardens, bio-swales, and other stormwater treatment workhorses can be an artistic part of our landscapes, gardens, streetscapes, and public spaces.

Upcoming Events

Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina 8/5/20

Wed, August 5 @ 8:30 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

This virtual workshop offers a rare small-group and hands-on design experience with award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer Patrick Cullina. In this advanced workshop, participants will learn how to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as biodiversity and durability without sacrificing artistry. CEUs awarded.

Webinar: Field Notes – A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Mon, September 28 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

This webinar covers a broad range of topics, including regenerative design, green infrastructure, adaptive strategies in the face of climate change, the importance of maintaining your own health and well being, and ways to challenge the norms in pursuit of authentic results.

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Featured Articles

Spotlight on Natives: Photo Contest Winners 2020

by Georgia Harris

This year our Spotlight on Natives Photo Contest garnered over 200 photos from across the country. While it is exciting every year to see so many lovely photographs of native plants, in this year’s climate of uncertainty, it is wonderful to have such a substantial response from our community. We hope this groundswell of interest in native plants and habitat continues to grow and blossom throughout the coming year. 

    Restoring the Wetlands of Morris Arboretum

    by Eloise Gayer

    Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is well known for its abundance of mature trees and horticultural displays. In 2001 the Arboretum began the restoration of a drained wetland that would not only serve as a blueprint for other wetland restoration projects but also create more educational opportunities for the entire community. Learn about the history of this wetland, that was farmland at the turn of the century then one hundred years later was reverted back into a natural wetland.

      Celebrating Native Gardens Tour – Amesbury, MA

      Hosted by Nanette Masi

      When Nanette and her husband Mike purchased their two-acre property in 1994, the landscape was overrun with invasives, including Japanese knotweed, honeysuckle, barberry, burning bush, and more. Take a walk through Nanette’s gardens to savor what 26 years of loving care and native plant choices can bring to an environment. You’ll find inspiration in the sanctuary she’s created for people, animals, and plants.

        Celebrating Natives Garden Tour – Andover, MA

        Hosted by Willow Cheeley

        Fifteen years ago, this homeowner drew on her degree in natural resources and experience as a landscape architect as she began to transition the traditional suburban landscape around her house into an oasis supporting native plants and animals.

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          Book Review: The Pollinator Victory Garden

          Written by Kim Eierman, Published by Quarry Books, (2020)
          Reviewed by Georgia Harris

          I first heard about Kim Eierman’s book The Pollinator Victory Garden at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown. While Eierman could not have predicted that the release of her book would coincide with a pandemic, the timing is particularly appropriate as more people are finding time to work in and enjoy their yards and gardens.  

          Eco-Answers from the Pros: Man-made Houses for Bees

          I was given a house for bees, but the literature seems to say it is inadequate because the length of tubes is only 3 inches long and should be 7 inches minimum. Is this correct? Why do the tubes need to be so deep?

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          Just want to say again how very much I appreciate the “Walk in the Garden” series. The quality of your programs is tops! A “Walk in the Garden” is so much more than a series of slideshows. It is a celebration of how all life is connected. It is great to have this positive reminder amidst the scarier reminders!

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          Can I just say I have enjoyed all the lectures, conferences, classes and tours put on by ELA. You are doing a fabulous job. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this really incredible resource.

          Georgia H

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

          Ruth R

          I am really enjoying all the webinars that the Ecological Landscape Alliance is offering. Thank you so much for organizing them and making them available for FREE! I spread the news about them on my Constant Contact page for the NJ Native Plant Society. 

          Susan H.

          I want to thank you and ELA for having such a wonderful speaker [Heather Holm] talk about our native bees and plant partners. It was fantastic. Great photos. 

          Virginia K.

          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.

          Nina S, Hidden Road Landscape Design

          "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."

          C. Mandler ELA Newsletter Subscriber and Tour Attendee

          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!

          Nancy H. Little Eden Gardens

          Fantastic! So many delicious offerings so well organized, so much energy, so many smiles! And just think of the abundance of skills, knowledge, deepened friendships, new connections, and inspired energy now out there, put to service, and passed on to still others! An astounding event! Hooray for everyone on the Conference Committee!

          Cindy G, Landscape Designer

          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 am an avid consumer of your web information and webinars. Keep up the excellent work!

          Judy P. Connecticut Sea Grant

          I wanted to thank you for an excellent Walk in the Garden series. The webinars were all-around professional, fact-filled, and pertinent presentations. I've learned a lot and am inspired to implement some changes!

          Margaret 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.

          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!

          Missy F

          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.

          Mark E. MSE Landscape Associates, LLC

          Laura and I were just talking about how much we get from all of the ELA events and webinars…. The good "vibes" abound at ELA events.

          John K, Land Design Inc.

          The whole day on soils was particularly educational. I really liked the on-topic, varied discussions.

          Erica B.

          I met and made new friends with great topics to discuss.

          Timothy M.

          You do a wonderful job with your newsletters. Everything might as well be a MUST Do with the way you present the programs.  We appreciate your dedication to doing a good job, and are most impressed with ELA.

          Ginny S. Talbot Ecological Land Care

          I really love ELA. Can't believe I only discovered y'all last year!

          Laura B

          Thank you for a full day’s worth of insightful material! Thank you for organizing this great event every year.

          Karen C.

          Speakers were very good, but meeting landscapers at the talks & in the lobby was best.

          Cathy B.