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Ecological Plant Conference – 2021

Fri, December 3 @ 8:30 am EST - 4:30 pm EST

This year, the Ecological Plant Conference (EPC) will delve into five plant-centric topics to educate, entertain, and inspire you. Join us for the sixth annual EPC deep dive into plants old and new.

Webinar: Taking on the Big Places: How to Build and Maintain Self-Sufficient Landscapes

Wed, December 8 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - Using case studies from Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Dan Jaffe Wilder will explain various strategies for creating and maintaining large landscapes with ecology and self-sustainability at the forefront.

Eco-Friendly Healthy Eating: Nutrition to Support Landscape Professionals and Gardeners

Fri, December 10 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - In this webinar, Samantha McCarthy, registered dietitian, will discuss how to incorporate an eco-friendly diet pattern into your life not only to help the planet, but also to improve your health and support the high physical demand put on landscape professionals

Webinar: Sharing the Adventure – Design Communications for Ecological Landscapes

Wed, December 15 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - When a designed landscape succeeds, it’s a sign that there’s been strong communication across the project team. In this presentation, Toby Wolf will explore strategies for making the design process a shared adventure.

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Webinar: Forest Ecosystems and the Winds of Change – Forests as a Cog in the Earth’s Climate System

Wed, January 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - You may know that weather and climate have a major influence on forests, but forests also influence climate in ways that aren’t always appreciated and are still being discovered. Dr. Scott Ollinger will explore the fascinating role of forests as a key part of the climate system, and how researchers are still unraveling their mysteries.

Webinar: Engaging Landowners in Sustainable Stewardship

Wed, January 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - This presentation will share experiences and lessons from a multi-year landowner outreach project in the MassConn Woods, a rural, largely forested region on the border of central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut, as well as region-wide efforts to unite rural and urban communities in implementing natural solutions to climate change.

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Featured Articles

Adjusting to a New Normal

By Cody Hayo

Throughout 2021 we have struggled to get back to a “New Normal.” The “normal” we had grown accustomed to since 2016 involved very active participation with a local stormwater grant program. This program aims to capture stormwater runoff before it reaches rivers and streams, emphasizing garden-based solutions. During the pandemic in 2020, our local stormwater grant program, which is open to residential property owners, hit a major roadblock, and the program did not accept any applications at all.

 

 

    Visual Storytelling of Florida Gardening

    By Joelle O’Daniel-Lopez 

    When we purchased our home ten years ago, it had the typical suburban NW Florida yard with a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. We were fortunate to have several well-established “good” trees, including live and laurel oaks, southern magnolia, and black cherry trees. In support of the “good” plants and trees, we quickly got rid of the “bad” and “ugly” nonnative invasive species.  

      Supply and Demand of Native Species

      By Marie Chieppo

      The demand for native plants by homeowners, designers and people in the green industry is steadily rising. Enhancing our properties’ wildlife support functions doesn’t require an absence of ornamentals and other plantings we enjoy. Some straight species and cultivars with high ecological value can provide a lot. Taking it a step further, Doug Tallamy advocates for the repurposing of “America’s lawnscape” for ecologically productive use.

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        Feathers’ Everywhere

        By Veronica Tyson-Strait

        Biodiversity is a priority for the immigrant city dweller who may have left behind a landscape of tropical or temperate forests in the Caribbean, South America or Cambodia. I design and garden in New York City, but I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. My situation is not unique. Immigrants make up more than a third of the population of New York City, and many adapt to and suffer from the loss of connections to plants and the wildlife they sustain.

         

        Ways to Improve Your Nutrition and Health During the Offseason

        By Samantha McCarthy

        Fall is now upon us. While physical activity is still a part of the daily job, it may not be as intense or strenuous as spring days. Eventually, winter will arrive again, and activity levels will drop significantly. It is now an excellent time to start changing your eating habits to reflect your activity levels. 

         

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