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ELA counts many ecological professionals among its members and supporters. We sometimes highlight their work and share their expertise through product and book reviews, or by asking them to answer specific questions posed to the ELA community.

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Inspired by Spring

Compiled by Penny Lewis

Within the articles and illustrations of the ELA Newsletter, you will typically learn about design, installation, and maintenance as they relate to resilient landscapes. As we process quarantines, social distancing, shutdowns, and shortages, we offer these inspirational words as personal sustenance while we await return to normalcy.

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Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

by Jim Shephard

In spite of severe drought, downturn economy, horrendous rainy springs, lack of labor, plant disease epidemics, locusts, lantern flies, huge competition, even hurricanes plant lovers are a resilient bunch and carry on. It can help to look at the glass as half full.

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The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants

by Jennifer Jewell

Women have been sowers of seeds and tenders of seedlings for a very, very long time. For much of that time these women didn’t have the time or the means to document their history. There is no telling the whole story of women making their lives with plants or women broadening the field of plant knowledge and practice. I can’t even superficially acknowledge all the women in plants who’ve cultivated this territory before us, except to say the compost-rich soil they left behind is what germinated the seeds that grew the vibrant women I’m writing about today.

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Book Review: Protecting Pollinators

Protecting Pollinators by Jodi Helmer is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the myriad small and amazing creatures so crucial to our survival as a species. Reading the book is like having a dear friend share with you all the fascinating things she’s learned about pollinators during her journey to becoming a successful beekeeper, then placing all her resources at your fingertips.

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