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Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro

Wed, July 28 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Edible Landscapes: Member Event Dan Jaffe Wilder will provide answers to some common and some not so common questions dealing with edible plants including nut-producing trees, berrying shrubs, and annual vegetables in your gardens and landscape.

Class: Shade Gardens: Embracing the Dark Side

Sat, August 14 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

This shade gardening workshop blends site-specific assessment, design strategies, and plant options to help enliven your imagination.

Class: Navigating Public Design – Part 2

Thu, August 19 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

In this workshop, we will build on the stakeholder collaboration processes to focus on vision-driven partnerships and fundraising.

Class: Cultivating Your Plant Communities

Wed, September 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

In this three-part workshop, learn to identify appropriate native plants and groupings for your site and create a personalized plant palette and design that is beautiful and enhances biodiversity.

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Webinar: Designing for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape

Wed, September 8 @ 3:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Learn about the traditional dry stone construction methods with Daniel Peterson, HabAdapt Landscape Design, and discover the sustainability advantages of dry stone walls.

Webinar: Water Infiltration and Improved Soil Carbon Storage

Wed, September 15 @ 12:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Ann English will explore strategies for increasing the carbon storage capacity of soil, including adding biochar, for increasing both carbon and infiltration capacities. She also will look at techniques for restoring degraded and eroded lands through planting and mulching.

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Featured Articles

Can the Soil Seed Bank Save Us?

By Nathan Lamb

Imagine two woodlands. Both have deciduous, fire-adapted trees overhead. One has widely spaced trees, and sunlight reaches a diverse community of grasses, sedges, and forbs. The other has a dense thicket of invasive shrubs that shades out all but the earliest spring ephemerals. Will removing the invasive shrubs and exposing the bare soil trigger a profusion of native plants, restoring the diverse community that lived there hundreds of years ago? 

    Connecticut Native Plant and Sustainable Landscaping Guide

    By Victoria Wallace and Alyssa Siegel-Miles

    Interest in native plants and sustainable landscaping has exploded over the last decade. Through our UConn Extension Sustainable Turf & Landscape program, we provide practical science-based information to support the sustainability goals of Connecticut green industry professionals and home gardeners. With that in mind, we developed a free online guide of 44 pages of plant lists for every location matched with vibrant photographs.

      Tree Decline, Dieback, and Death

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        As the populations of the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) have dropped precipitously in size in recent years, public engagement towards saving the Monarch is increasing thanks to education programming. This book provides gardeners, both novice and experienced, the information they need to make their home gardens or community spaces valuable parts of the Monarch’s global support system.

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        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!

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        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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        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.

        Thank you for offering...courses via webinar - it really helps to save the professional development budget & travel time from my job. I find these information sessions very interesting, inspiring and informative.

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        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.

        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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        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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