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ELA webinars, workshops, tours, and conferences expand your knowledge, increase your skill set, and offer opportunities to build a network of like-minded contacts.

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ELA's one- and two-day regional conferences offer cutting-edge knowledge, useful information, CEU's, and invaluable opportunities for engagement with fellow professionals. Conference sponsors present their ecologically-focused products and services while supporting ecological education.

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 8:00 am

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace offers twelve sessions ranging from an in-depth look at insects, plants, and soil to larger concepts of creating urban habitat, repairing degraded land, and restoring human connections to the natural world.

ELA Mid-Atlantic Conference 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:30 am

Join us for this pollinator program as these four experts help us to learn what we can do to be part of the solution in support of pollinators.

2019 Ecological Plant Conference

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8:30 am

Join us as five plant masters discuss a few valuable plants at length, from native perennials to under-story heroes to top performing trees. Cultivation, propagation, behavior, and ecological function will be highlighted, with an emphasis on plant communities. Presenters will delve into the interactions between individual plants and the complex interactions among plant communities,

ELA Season’s End Summit 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:30 am

As we reflect on the past landscape season and look for inspiration for our next designs, ELA’s Season’s End Summit invites you to take a fresh look at some design fundamentals that may surprise you – and inspire your next designs.

2019 Mid-Atlantic Pollinator Symposium Sponsorship

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:30 am

Enjoy a wide array of benefits when you become an ELA sponsor.

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Attend a focused event on an ecological topic. From native plants to alternative lawns and carbon sequestration to water conservation, there’s a topic sure to pique interest and imagination. Taught by experts in their fields, classes focus on tools for creating the ecological landscape you envision.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 8:30 am

This course prepares you to demonstrate your competency in green infrastructure areas.

Class: Native Plants for Professionals

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 10:00 am

Join Dan Jaffe for this two-session class (September 23 and September 30 10:00am – 3:00pm) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades.

Class: Residential Landscape Design

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:00 pm

This five-session course tackles the different aspects of the landscape design process.

Class: Navigating Public Design

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:30 am

In this half-day workshop, learn a process to bring stakeholders together to collaborate in creating outdoor spaces of meaning and beauty.

Class: Plant Adaptations

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00 pm

This class will explore the myriad ways plants have adapted to different habitats, soil types, pollination and dispersal schemes. You will not look at plants the same way again!

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Eco-tours & Workshops

In-person and hands-on opportunities to explore ecological landscapes can be an invaluable experience. Professionals involved in designing and installing ecological landscapes act as Eco-tour hosts, guiding small groups of attendees, providing context, and answering questions. Hands-on workshops bring concepts to life with opportunities for practical experience.

Eco-tour: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Urban Oasis for Visitors in an Ecological Package

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 4:00 pm

The park introduces a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial plant communities and habitats to the formerly desolate site and incorporates stormwater management techniques that capture runoff for irrigation. Ongoing park maintenance and upkeep is self-financed and funded through revenue generated from vendors, donations, and development parcels located within the park.

Eco-tour: Effective Invasive Plant Management: Chemical-Free & So Darn Cute

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 1:00 pm

To manage meadows and control invasive plant species, Habitat has incorporated a small herd of resident Nigerian Dwarf goats. The goats happily graze on invasive plants such as bittersweet, buckthorn, and multiflora rose, as well as successional saplings.

Eco-Tour: Asters and Goldenrods Start to Finish

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00 am

Asters and Goldenrods Start to Finish will focus on different species with a focus on their use in the garden and will include discussion of species selection for different sites. Additionally, this tour will address the propagation of various species, including how to collect and sow seed.

Workshop: Reconnecting with Trees – A Path to Improved Health and Well Being

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 9:00 am

Join ELA, in collaboration with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, for this workshop that highlights the ecological benefits of trees and the holistic benefits for human well-being.  Presentations, discussion, and a field study tour will evaluate the selection of particular tree species that serve various valuable components to new landscape designs and as an inventory assessment in an established landscape.  Finally, a walk led by a certified Forest Bathing Guide will round out the day.

Past webinars | Upcoming Webinars


Free access to ELA Members, “A Focus on Sustainability” is an interactive webinar series geared to the needs of landscape professionals and gardeners. Experts from across the country present a wide range of topics relevant to sustainability. Webinars are developed in collaboration with several like-minded, ecologically-focused organizations that also provide regional education programs.

Webinar: The Art of Integrating Rainwater

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Thoughtful design considerations enhance the efficacy as well as the community enjoyment of landscapes designed to manage rainwater. Rain-harvesting landscapes focus on plant diversity, pollinators, habitat, texture, contextual themes, and seasonal interest.

Webinar: Creating Beautiful Gardens While Rewilding the Landscape

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 12:30 pm

Designed space can bring us a dynamic life experience when we have an understanding of specific plants and their adaptive strategies.

Webinar: Plants with True Grit

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:30 pm

In this class, we’ll talk about some of the plants that have shown themselves to be especially tough in a variety of conditions.

Webinar: Climate Change and Its Effects on Trees and Their Relationship to Insects

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:30 pm

Dr. Herms will examine the evidence for anthropogenic climate change, including changes in patterns of precipitation; consider current and future impacts; and look at the implications for trees in urban and natural forests, especially their interactions with insects.

Webinar: Reliable Hydrangea Blooms? Choose Natives

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 2:00 pm

Landscape Designer, Andi Ross will share the “best methods” for choosing, siting, planting, pruning, watering, cutting, and preserving these hydrangeas.

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