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Webinar: Grassroot Seed Propagation of Native Plants

Fri, January 22 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Growing native plants from seed is a different way to interact with our native flora and an inexpensive way to produce a lot of plants. Be part of a grassroots movement to sow native seeds and increase the number of native plants in the landscape with an abundance of genetically diverse seedlings.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – February

Mon, February 1 @ 12:00 pm EST - Mon, February 22 @ 5:00 pm EST

The NGICP program provides the foundation understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.

Class: History and Principles of Landscape Design

Wed, January 20 @ 1:30 pm EST - 4:30 pm EST

Over four afternoons, this class will explore Eastern and Western garden design, including long-practiced principles that encourage sustainable and ecological approaches.

Webinar: Expanding Biodiversity – Attracting Birds to Your Yard

Wed, January 27 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

This presentation emphasizes the importance of planting natives as both a sustainable approach to gardening and an opportunity to attract birds to your yard.

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.

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Webinar: The American Oaks – Diversity, Ecology, and Identification

Wed, February 3 @ 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST

Familiarity with oaks is vital for anyone looking to garden for biodiversity. Tim will show us how to identify most of the twelve species native to New England and offer guidance on species selection, installation, and maintenance for establishing oak trees in our managed landscapes.

Class: Garden Design for Child Development

Fri, February 5 @ 10:30 am EST - 1:30 pm EST

In this class, you will learn how to design a children’s garden that appeals to all five senses, evokes playfulness and learning, and instills a love of nature that will grow into stewardship and environmental sensitivity.

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Featured Articles

COVID’s Pendulum

By Trevor Smith

Goodbye 2020 and good riddance!!! Though we are not out of the woods yet, I couldn’t help but feel a weight lifted as the ball fell at the stroke of midnight. 2020 started like any other year, with hope and possibility. The anticipation of a new season combined with knowing how crazy things would be in spring felt like I was on a rollercoaster about to hit that big drop. All I could do was hold on as the world rushed past. Little did we know that drop would be less like a rollercoaster and more akin to Niagara Falls. 

    Update: Plastic Pots Used in the Green Industry

    By Marie Chieppo

    In 2019, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) sustainability committee asked me to research and write about plastic horticultural pots use and disposal methods. Because plastic is so easy to use, billions of plastic pots were being produced without a blueprint for what would happen as demand increased. Unfortunately, we’ve produced so much plastic that we can’t possibly recycle it all.

      The Four Laws of Ecology

      By Barry Draycott

      Last year I found a copy of The Closing Circle, Nature, Man & Technology by ecologist Barry Commoner. I started rereading it and was stunned to find in the first chapter, even before he states the Four Laws of Ecology, Commoner discusses the fundamental interaction of nutrients, humus, soil microbes, plant health, and climate! What is amazing is the book was published in 1971!!

        Five Things I Learned This Year

        By Cathy Weston

        Back in my professional working days, I relished the quiet time around the holidays. I went into the office and used the time to clean and organize files, make a priority list of the next year’s goals, and start my year-end review. Now, as an ecological gardener, I do something similar. I  develop next year’s planting projects and reflect on what I have learned on the journey to ecological gardening.

         

          Recent Articles

          Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change On Grassland Butterflies

          By Angela Laws

          Declining biodiversity has been making its way into the news more and more as researchers continue to record losses in plant and animal populations. Insects are no exception, and several recent studies that use long-term data sets show a marked reduction in insect abundance. A variety of factors contribute to these insect declines, including the loss of habitat, pesticides, invasive species, and, increasingly, climate change.

          Green Stormwater Infrastructure

          By Anna Shipp

          Our current economic downturn caused by COVID-19 and ongoing social and climate crisis demands a transformational change in everything from business practices to public policy, including how we approach stormwater management. In rebuilding our economy, the government must prioritize green stormwater infrastructure because it’s a tool that fosters job growth, public health, community well-being, and resiliency.

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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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          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 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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