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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.

 

Book Review: The Woods in Your Backyard

The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home Written by Jonathan Kays, Joy Drohan, Adam Downing, Jim Finley; Published by NRAES (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service) Reviewed by Peggy Newfield This book is for landowners of one to ten acres of forested, semi-forested, or non-forested land who…

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Native Plants Resource

by Maureen Sundberg A few months ago, ELA posed the question “What’s your favorite source for native plants?” A lively discussion on LinkedIn generated a list of favorite sources for native plants throughout the country – from Octopus Agave (Agave vilmoriniana) in Arizona to cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) in Michigan to Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii)…

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Book Review: The Book of Leaves

The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World’s Great Trees Text by Allen J. Coombes Edited and Photographed by Zsolt Debreczy Produced by Ivy Press, United Kingdom Published by University of Chicago Press, 2011. Reviewed by Penny Lewis “Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our…

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Gleanings

Encouraging Home Gardeners to Buy Locally Grown Tomato Transplants UMass professor Robert Wick and UMass Extension Specialists Bess Dicklow and Ruth Hazzard are mounting a public relations campaign to encourage home gardeners to buy locally grown tomato transplants. Locally grown transplants are much more likely to be free of serious diseases that tend to remain…

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Book Review: Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East

Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East (Rutgers University Press, 2010) is written by Carolyn Summers. Summers will be presenting “The Practical Challenges of Designing with Native Plants” at ELA’s Conference & Eco-Marketplace on March 3. reviewed by Risa Edelstein If you’ve read Doug Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home and were hungry for more,…

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ELA Season’s End Summit: A Sold Out Success!

by Risa Edelstein The energy and enthusiasm at last week’s Summit was inspiring. Held in an intimate setting at Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, an old-style mansion in the Boston area, ELA’s first annual Summit was a full day of networking and learning opportunities and embodied the spirit of ELA’s mission. The Summit began with a morning…

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Gleanings…

Urban and Suburban Meadows Author Interviewed for Today Show Catherine Zimmerman, author of Urban and Suburban Meadows featured in ELA’s July newsletter, will be a guest on the NBC Today Show on September 13. Catherine will be the focus of Jane Pauley’s “Your Life Calling” series. The series profiles Americans 50 years or older, who…

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Monthly Roundup – July 2010

New England Grassroots Environment Fund The mission of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is “to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities.” Grants range from $500 – $2,500. Application deadline is Sept. 15. Link to full grant announcement Patagonia Offers Support…

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