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Eco-tour: Native Plant Center

Wed, July 27 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Join this professionally guided tour of The Native Plant Center to learn more about native plants and pollinator support.

Eco-Tour – Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve

Sat, August 20 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

We invite you join us on this guided Eco-tour to experience the beauty, diversity and sustainability of our native flora for yourself.

Webinar: Native Plant Gardens: Designing for Beauty

Wed, August 24 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

Now that we understand why native plant gardens are so important for creating habitat and supporting pollinators, it’s time to kick things up a notch! Learn some design tips and tricks for a native plant garden that is not only ecologically sustainable, but beautiful also.

Eco-tour: Exploring the Demonstration Meadows at Helia Native Nursery

Fri, September 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

ELA Eco-tour to meadows that display the rich color palettes that can be achieved using native plants. The meadows are all designed with four season interest - a feature that invites frequent visits to experience the changing views.

Upcoming Events

Eco-tour – Private Garden in Rye, NY

Sat, September 17 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT

These gardens represent a complete landscape renovation designed and built by Jay Archer. Explore the ever-evolving project!

2022 Season’s End Summit

Thu, October 27 @ 8:30 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

Save the date as the Summit goes Hybrid! Event details will be available soon.

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Featured Articles

Ecological Amenity or Weedy Pit?

By Kate Cholakis and Eliza Pennypacker

Rain gardens, a type of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), can provide habitat while reducing the amount of polluted stormwater runoff leaving a property. Why might a rain garden in the front yard be problematic? Acknowledging key differences between rain gardens and the residential “landscape norm” is key to changing perceptions.

    The Northeast Native Plant Primer

    By Uli Lorimer

    Do you want a garden that makes a real difference? Choose plants native to our Northeast region. The rewards will benefit you, your yard, and the environment—from reducing maintenance tasks to attracting earth-friendly pollinators such as native birds, butterflies, and bees. We must envision a future in which wild creatures of all shapes and sizes are afforded space in our built environment.

      Wild By Design

      By Laura J. Martin

      Native wildflower gardening is more popular than ever. But a century ago, this was not the case. Wildflowers persist in the numbers they do today because of the activism and research of a group of women ecologists who in 1901 defied gender norms and founded the discipline of ecological restoration. 

       

        Lawn to Meadow Season Three

        By Leslie Duthie

        This gardener decided to kill part of her lawn two years ago when we were encouraged to stay home due to the pandemic. Now in its third spring, follow the journey from surprises to successes to lessons learned. The barren lawn has been replaced with a shade and sun meadow with straightforward, easy steps that even a novice garden can copy. 

         

          How and Why Trees Die After Planting

          By Norm Helie

          Many trees die during the first season at the new site. Watering transplanted trees is not the same as watering crops or a perennial garden. Small annual and perennial plant root systems require less oxygen than the delicate fine root systems of the tree.

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            Thank you for a full day’s worth of insightful material! Thank you for organizing this great event every year.

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            Speakers were very good, but meeting landscapers at the talks & in the lobby was best.

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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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            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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            [R&R] was such an informative and interesting conference. Thanks to you all at ELA for hosting such an undertaking. I'm looking forward to using more of ELA as a resource going forward.

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