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2019 Ecological Plant Conference

Fri, December 6 @ 8:30 am EST - 4:30 pm EST

$85
Join us as five plant masters discuss a few valuable plants at length, from native perennials to under-story heroes to top performing trees. Cultivation, propagation, behavior, and ecological function will be highlighted, with an emphasis on plant communities. Presenters will delve into the interactions between individual plants and the complex interactions among plant communities,

Webinar: Bell’s Woodland – Creating a Native Garden from Disturbed Woodland at Chanticleer

Tue, December 3 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

In this presentation, Mr. Walczak will discuss soil restoration, evaluating the effectiveness of different methods for a variety of situations; invasive plant species removal eradication versus suppression; and Hugelculture both as a way of gardening and as a tool for restoring woodland soil by addressing surface runoff and creating specific conditions for plants.

Webinar: The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands

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

This presentation will focus on three main topics: overview of constructed stormwater wetland design, case studies of construction projects implemented by the Horsley Witten Group in New England over the past five years, and lessons learned during the various phases of those projects.

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Behold the Magic of Warm-Season Grasses

by Shannon Currey

It finally clicked. Working with grasses, I knew about the distinction between warm season and cool season. I had written about it and included it in presentations. But it took a webinar on native, warm-season grasses to understand how magical and fascinating that distinction is.

    Deciduous Plantings for Winter Interest

    Contributors: Andi Pettis, Sarah Saltino, Chris Sawicki

    After autumn winds strip foliage from deciduous plantings, new colors, shapes, and textures gain prominence in the landscape as berries, bark, and seed heads gain visibility. We invited a few ELA members to comment on plants they especially appreciate in the winter.

      Book Review: Farming on the Wild Side

      Written by Nancy J. Hayden and John P. Hayden
      Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2019
      Reviewed by Lucy Birkett

      Farming on the Wild Side chronicles, in a most delightful and humble way, the progression of a small organic farm in northern Vermont. An entomologist and an environmental engineer make nurturing biodiversity a top priority as they transform an old dairy farm into a productive, thriving, diversified farm teeming with life. The entire book is interspersed with moments of poignant philosophical wisdom, and ecology is everywhere.

        Eco-Answers from the Pros: How Clean Should Fall Cleanup Be?

        As I begin fall cleanup in my gardens, what are your recommendations? Should I clean beds off, cutting foliage and remaining seed heads off? Are there some plants best cut off and others that are good to leave until spring? Also, should I remove leaves entirely from the ground around plants? I didn’t get all the leaves removed from beds last year and had a lot of damage to plant roots from either voles or moles.

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          Become Our 500th Member

          We hope to welcome our 500th member in the next few weeks. To celebrate this substantial milestone, we are offering a free professional membership, ELA T-shirt, and ELA cap to our 500th active member (new or renewing).

          Local Ecotypes – What’s Your Interest?

          Landscape clients and home gardeners are increasingly interested in native plants, but are all native plants equally beneficial in the landscape? “Local ecotype” native plants, those cultivated in environmental conditions similar to their local source, offer certain advantages. What is your interest in local ecotype plants?

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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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          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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          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

          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.

          Nina S, Hidden Road Landscape Design

          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."

          C. Mandler ELA Newsletter Subscriber and Tour Attendee

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

          Ruth R

          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

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

          Judy P. Connecticut Sea Grant

          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!

          Joeth B.

          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!

          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.

          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!

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