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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.

Webinar: Beautiful and Tough Natives Shine in Uncertain Times 

Wed, June 23 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

ELA Member Event. Not a member, Join Us. In addition to providing valuable native plant information, this presentation will inspire you to spend time in the garden and to consider native plants for your next garden project.

Webinar: A Piet Oudolf Story with Deborah Chud

Wed, June 30 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

ELA Member Event. Not a member, Join Us for a glimpse into Deborah Chud’s: Piet Oudolf Story. The presentation traces Deborah's discovery of Oudolf's work, her research on his plant combinations, and her use of that research to create a garden in his style.

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.

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro

Wed, June 30 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Water in the Landscape: Member Event Trevor Smith addresses your stormwater questions after beginning the evening with brief opening remarks. Share you questions in advance or during the interactive Q&A session.

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Webinar: Designing for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape

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

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

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

Spotted Lanternfly: Invasive Insect Report

By Joshua Bruckner

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, “SLF”) is an emerging invasive insect of concern in New England. Spotted lanternfly(SLF) was first detected in Pennsylvania in September 2014. It feeds on a wide range of fruit, ornamental and woody trees, with tree-of-heaven being one of the preferred hosts. It can spread long distances by people moving infested material or items containing egg masses. We must stop this pest could before it seriously impacts the country’s grape, orchard, and logging industries.

    Helical Piles

    By Bruce Wenning

    Want to construct an addition to your home but are afraid of damaging treasured mature trees and plantings, not to mention the damage from heavy machinery upon the soil structure. Helical piles are the answer. This little-known pier foundation system requires less time and physical effort than “dig and pour” cement footings and continuous cement foundations.

      Insomniac Bees

      By Sara Novak

      Insomnia weighs heavily on humans, and the same is true of bees. They depend on their circadian rhythms—their natural sleep-wake cycle—and when it’s disrupted, they become confused. For a bee, that doesn’t just mean overeating or losing patience with a spouse. It means never making it back to the hive. 

        Book Review: Deer-Resistant Gardening

        Reviewed by Kerry O’Kelly

        Dealing with deer is one of the biggest design challenges in gardening. Deer limit the design plant palette and cause untold damage, especially in the fall and winter. They can require costly fences, increase the maintenance burden, and exacerbate health risks from Lyme disease. This book has a lot of good deer guidance, especially to those new to dealing with deer. 

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          ELA Names Winners of 2021 Spotlight on Natives Contest

          Photographers from across the country submitted nearly 200 images to ELA’s 2021 Spotlight on Natives Photography Contest. Each sought to capture the special allure of native plants – the unique structure of trunks, stems, leaves, blossoms, seeds; the juxtaposition of native plants in groupings; and the interaction of pollinators with native plants. This year’s entries again encompassed an outstanding array of plants and habitats.

          The Quarry Gardens at Schuyler

          By Cynthia Wood

          In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County, Virginia, the Quarry Gardens at Schuyler offer a unique opportunity for nature lovers to learn about native plants and their ecosystems. Opened to the public in 2017, the Quarry Gardens occupy 40 acres within a 440-acre natural preserve, and support a vibrant diversity of species.

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