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2022 Season’s End Summit

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

Save the date as the Summit goes Hybrid! Click here for more information, the schedule of events, and registration page

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Natural Swim Ponds

Wed, October 19 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 7:15 pm EDT

Are you looking for an alternative to traditional swimming pools? Considering a natural swim pond for your next design project? Join ELA and Karina Lapierre, BFA and Owner of Lavish Gardens, to ask your questions and get professional advice on constructing recreational ponds.

2022 Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes

Thu, November 10 @ 8:30 am EST - 4:30 pm EST

We are in the planning stages for our 2022 Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes conference. Please check back for more details.

Ecological Plant Conference – 2022

Fri, December 2 @ 8:30 am EST - 4:30 pm EST

We are in the planning stages for 2022 Ecological Plant Conference. Please check back for more details.

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Seedling Identification

By: Rie Macchiarolo, ELA President Sowing seeds as a way of creating, transforming, and augmenting landscapes is a wonderfully fun and affordable method. It can be quite rewarding after a…

    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.

      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. 

       

        Bee it Known: Biodiversity is Critical to Ecosystems – Rutgers University

        Originally published by Rutgers University. Reprinted with permission. By: Kitta MacPherson A Rutgers-led study on bees shows how different species pollinate the same plants over time Rutgers has conducted the…

          What is ‘Deep Ecology’?

          By: Mads McElgunn, ELA Director One of my favorite newsletters, The Overview from Atmos Magazine, recently published an article on Deep Ecology that piqued my interest. As ELA continues to…

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            Reintroducing bison to grasslands increases plant diversity, drought resilience, study finds – Kansas State University

            Originally published by Kansas State University. Reprinted with permission By: Erin Pennington MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University-led study has found that reintroducing bison — a formerly dominant grazer —…

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            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.

            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!

            Linda N

            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.

            Thanks for providing the great professional society that I have been long searching for.... I am definitely a better, more informed practitioner for it.

            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!

            K.R. Watkins

            Being an ELA member has allowed me ready access to resources that inspire and inform our new coastal landscapes initiative. I'm very thankful they exist!

            Gloria P, North Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina State University

            I love the new website. It’s clean and clear and the articles you highlight have great, inspiring content.

            Meg H Plant Me a Rainbow

            THANKS FOR THIS WEBINAR EVENT -- and to the author for the links to the Rodale Institute. To-the-point, compact (but not compacted!), memorable and motivating!

            Joeth B.

            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!

            Nancy H. Little Eden Gardens

            [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.

            I want to thank you and ELA for having such a wonderful speaker [Heather Holm] talk about our native bees and plant partners. It was fantastic. Great photos. 

            Virginia K.

            I met and made new friends with great topics to discuss.

            Timothy M.

            The whole day on soils was particularly educational. I really liked the on-topic, varied discussions.

            Erica B.

            Fantastic! So many delicious offerings so well organized, so much energy, so many smiles! And just think of the abundance of skills, knowledge, deepened friendships, new connections, and inspired energy now out there, put to service, and passed on to still others! An astounding event! Hooray for everyone on the Conference Committee!

            Cindy G, Landscape Designer

            You do a wonderful job with your newsletters. Everything might as well be a MUST Do with the way you present the programs.  We appreciate your dedication to doing a good job, and are most impressed with ELA.

            Ginny S. Talbot Ecological Land Care

            I really love ELA. Can't believe I only discovered y'all last year!

            Laura B

            Can I just say I have enjoyed all the lectures, conferences, classes and tours put on by ELA. You are doing a fabulous job. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this really incredible resource.

            Georgia H