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2021 Spotlight on Natives Photo Contest

Thu, April 1 @ 8:00 am EDT - Mon, May 31 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Between now and May 31, enter your most inspiring photographs of individual native plants or of native plants in a garden setting to ELA's photo contest. You’ll be entered to win a one-year ELA membership.

Webinar: The Journey of Edible Landscapes

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

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. 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.

Webinar: Designing Naturalistic Landscapes & Water Features

Wed, May 19 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. In this presentation, award-winning Canadian landscape designer, Randy Tumber, will share some of the tips, experiences, and philosophies that he has learned throughout his design career.

Webinar: Growing Vertically with Edible and Ornamental Plants

Wed, May 26 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. Vertical garden systems offer a number of benefits, such as increased accessibility for people with restricted physical abilities, privacy, and vibrancy. Join Irene Barber to learn about budget conscious options, plant and soil materials, and creative vertical garden designs.

Webinar: Fundamentals of Garden Layers

Wed, June 16 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. When designing any garden, there is an opportunity to eschew the norms of beauty as the only priority. With careful planning, we can create a space that works in harmony with nature, expands biodiversity, builds healthy soil, and nurtures pollinators and other wildlife.

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Webinar: Rain Garden Primer – A Good Option for Your Landscape?

Wed, June 2 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. In this webinar, Amanda Sloan describes what rain gardens are, explains the elements that go into a successful rain garden project, and will help you decide if a rain garden is a good option for your landscape.

Webinar: Native Plants for Bird Friendly Communities

Wed, June 9 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. Join Audubon CT-NY’s Jillian Bell for a presentation focused on bird-friendly plants for your home landscape. With the right plants, any space—from a small container on your patio to an acre of your backyard—can become more bird-friendly.

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Featured Articles

Lawn Murder

By Leslie Duthie

Americans love their lawns yet they provide minimal habitat or ecological value for anything other than humans. From an ecological standpoint, I started to rethink the importance of the “lawn” and to consider a smaller lawn and? or? lawn alternatives that do not require fertilizer, water, or much mowing. Ultimately, I decided the best solution would be to replace the lawn with new gardens. 

    Five Reasons Synthetics Are No Longer Considered Best Practices

    By Chip Osborne

    All industries eventually arrive at best practices that represent the most productive and efficient method to deliver desired results while at the same time minimizing negative impact. While it is understood that all practices are subject to change over time, our industry changes have been motivated by the knowledge that the synthetics we use may have unintended consequences at times.




      Echinacea Trials at Mt. Cuba Center

       By Sam Hoadley

      Echinacea, commonly known as coneflower, is experiencing a horticultural renaissance thanks to plant breeders’ hybridization work resulting in the flood of new Echinacea cultivars to the horticultural market. While many of these plants look fantastic on paper, Mt. Cuba aimed to assess their actual garden performance and document their ability to attract insect pollinators.  

        Notable Natives: Large Shrubs and Small Trees

        by Sarah Middeleer

        Proponents of ecological gardening are urging gardeners to reduce lawn areas and add native plants. Native shrub borders are lower maintenance than perennial borders, making them an excellent solution to this challenge. These plants often provide multi-season interest, including showy flowers, fruit, and fall foliage. Perhaps their best feature is the habitats and food they offer birds and pollinators.

          Preserving the Body for Occupational Longevity

          By Diana Kiesel

          The landscaping professions’ seasonal demands will continually challenge one’s ability to balance work, family life, and social obligations, leaving little time for self-care. Let us explore how you can incorporate self-care into your daily life, particularly your work life, for a better tomorrow.

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            A medida que nos acercamos al Día de la Tierra 2021, comparta la lista de pasos ecológicos de ELA con colegas, amigos y familiares. Aquí hay acciones que todos podemos tomar para hacer que nuestros paisajes sean más amigables con la tierra.

            Celebrate Earth Day Every Day – Get Started with these Eco-Actions!

            As we approach Earth Day 2021, share ELA’s list of ecological steps colleagues, friends, and family. Here are actions all of us can take to make our landscapes more earth friendly.

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            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.

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            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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