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More Than Just “Buying Stuff”

By Michael Baczewski

We buy stuff every single day, and it has never been easier. While conveniences abound, ethical questions remain, especially as we think critically about the murkier side of consuming this way. When strategic procurement and sustainable sourcing are used together, organic land care professionals can be at the forefront as environmental stewardship leaders and perpetuate transformative change.

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The Curtis Cottage Garden at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, completed in 2019 by Wolf Landscape Architecture. 

Design Communications: Engaging the Clients

By Toby Wolf

Ecologically designed landscapes come into the world small and vulnerable. Until they are established, they rely completely on their owners’ patience and care.  And their owners rely on us, as designers, to tell them what to expect from their new landscapes and – even more importantly – to make sure that the landscapes fit the owners’ needs, values, and capabilities.


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Contractors During Garden Installation 

Prepare for Success with Subcontractors

Contributors: Lauri Johnson, Nanette Masi, and Trevor Smith

Managing a project with multiple phases and many subcontracts can present scheduling challenges. We asked three ELA members to share their insights into how they screen subcontractors and successfully manage projects with many players and many moving parts.

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