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ELA Virtual Conference & Eco-Marketplace – 2021

Wed, March 3 @ 8:30 am EST - Thu, March 4 @ 3:30 pm EST

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace March 3 & 4 including two full days with 24 presentations and panel discussions. Many CEUs available.

Webinar: Foliage & Focal Points: Ideas for Budgets and Gardens of All Sizes

Wed, March 31 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes.

Webinar: Proper Planting Practices: Are We Landscaping in a Deficit Model?

Wed, April 7 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

In this presentation, Richard McCoy will provide information on current techniques of proper planting, how to correct unseen issues that are borne in the landscape nursery, the importance of the plant root collar, plant placement by matching site conditions to a plant’s cultural needs, and how these efforts add value.

Webinar: Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing

Wed, April 14 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

This presentation describes how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry, and vegetable gardens. The result is visually fulfilling, low maintenance, and mulch-eliminating when plants go wall-to-wall.

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Webinar: Beauty and Biodiversity at Cornell’s Mundy Wildflower Garden

Wed, May 5 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

The presentation will cover the principles of plant conservation and plant propagation, habitat gardening in full sun and in deep shade over limestone, as well as gravel gardening at the stream bank restoration site.

Webinar: The Journey of Edible Landscapes

Wed, May 12 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Edible landscaping is the use of food-producing plants in the residential landscape. It can combine fruit and nut trees, berrying shrubs, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, along with ornamental plants into aesthetically pleasing designs.

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Featured Articles

The Beauty of Blue Carbon

By Hilary Stevens

Coastal wetlands are a valuable component of our landscape for many reasons. They provide habitat to many species that are important for fisheries and recreation. They reduce wave energy and help mitigate coastal flooding.  It turns out that they also help control the rise of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by trapping carbon dioxide in plants and in soils.

    Dry Stone Wall Art

    By Daniel Peterson

    UNESCO inscribed the art of dry stone walling knowledge and techniques in its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Dry stone has been used by virtually every culture worldwide for thousands of years. My journey with stone started at a very early age on a farm in central Minnesota and then progressed into using stone in the landscape. 

      Reconnecting With The Forest

      By Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley

      How can we reconnect with the forest as well as ourselves, regardless of our community makeup? How can we steward forests as a resource in a neutral manner? We can all find ways to invite others into forested land by looking through a relationship lens rather than a personal ideal lens.

        Climate Change and Invasive Species

        By Carrie Brown-Lima

        Invasive species are on the rise as trade and travel accelerate the introduction and spread of new species in a way never seen before. Simultaneously, our climate is changing at an unprecedented rate resulting in climate extremes. While these two phenomena are each daunting challenge to biodiversity, their impacts can act synergistically and present additional hurdles for conservation and sustainability. 

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          Nature’s Sanctuary

          By Gregg Tepper

          West Laurel Hill Cemetery, a level-II accredited arboretum located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, features a unique space called “Nature’s Sanctuary.” This one-acre space, which previously served as the cemetery’s dumpsite, now uses a managed successional plan that will gradually transition from a sunny meadow to a meadow/woodland combination and, finally, a mature forest. This article focuses on the range of native plant species grown in this one-acre space and doing so with deer pressure.

          What Is Rewilding?

          by Heather McCargo and Anna Fialkoff

          The term rewilding first appeared in the conservation world in the 1980s with a continental-scale vision to protect large tracts of wilderness and connect these areas with migration corridors. Maine’s Wild Seed Project considers rewilding to be not just for the large wilderness areas or charismatic megafauna like wolves. Instead, they focus on actions that people can take right outside their doors.

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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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          ELA programming offers classes, tours, and hands-on workshops to expand your skills from design and soil management to incorporating edibles and managing rainwater.

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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.

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          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.

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          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.

          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.

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          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.

          Thank you Penny for making this delightful series available to members of the GCFM. [A Walk in the Garden webinars] have been one of my favorite hours each week this springtime. The speakers have been top notch subject experts who have excellent teaching skills to boot. Their photo presentations have been beautiful and informative. All around an excellent series!

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          Thank you for a lovely and informative conference at BBG this past December. [It was] very well run and a joy to attend.

          I salute you on the excellent conference today at BBG! It's cheering and edifying for my staff and me to be among so many people, old friends and new, who value horticulture and ecology.

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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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