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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.

Hylephila phyleus (fiery skipper) on Solidago sempervirens(UL) 

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.

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Photo from a children’s wildflower pageant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1929. Photo courtesy of the Wild Flower Preservation Society Records, New York Botanical Garden Archives.


Wild By Design

By Laura J. Martin

Native wildflower gardening is more popular than ever. But a century ago, this was not the case. Wildflowers persist in the numbers they do today because of the activism and research of a group of women ecologists who in 1901 defied gender norms and founded the discipline of ecological restoration. 


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Gleanings from Headline News – June 2022

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Living Tree Bridges
  • The Dark Side of Light Pollution
  • Best Mulching Practices
  • How to Manage Weeds on Your Farm
  • Efforts to Save North America’s Most Endangered Bird Species Are Succeeding
  • A Difficult Site Becomes a Lovely Garden
  • Amazon vs. Rusty Patch Bumblebee
  • USDA Kills Thousands of Native Species
  • Piet Oudolf Designs New Garden
  • Olmstead’s 200th Birthday
  • Iconic Wildflower in Peril
  • Invasive Toxic Hammerhead Worm Found in Rhode Island
  • Native Garden Tours MetroWest Boston
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Garden Allies

The Insects, Birds & Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving

In Garden Allies, author Frederique Lavoipierre encourages a perspective shift towards the critters in our gardens. Instead of thinking of garden inhabitants as good or bad, she encourages us to think of them in their ecological roles, with a food-web perspective. What results is a book jam-packed with identification clues, gardening guidance, and stories that had me penciling exclamation points in the margins.

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