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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.

2021 Season’s End Summit

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 9:00 am

Join us to explore what lessons can be learned by analyzing original designs and assessing the mature landscapes that resulted? The findings will offer insights, inspiration, and a few surprises to consider for your future designs.

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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: Shade Gardens: Embracing the Dark Side

Saturday, August 14, 2021 - 1:00 pm

This shade gardening workshop blends site-specific assessment, design strategies, and plant options to help enliven your imagination.

Class: Navigating Public Design – Part 2

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 1:00 pm

In this workshop, we will build on the stakeholder collaboration processes to focus on vision-driven partnerships and fundraising.

Class: Cultivating Your Plant Communities

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 10:00 am

In this three-part workshop, learn to identify appropriate native plants and groupings for your site and create a personalized plant palette and design that is beautiful and enhances biodiversity.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – November 2021

Monday, November 1, 2021 - 12:00 am

The program provides the foundation understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.  Designed to meet international best practice standards, this program provides candidates with the technical skills necessary to incorporate green infrastructure into projects successfully. This 35-hour course is the prerequisite for the exam to achieve NGICP certification.

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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: Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden

Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 9:30 am

Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the private gardens of an inspiring insect specialist, landscape designer, and passionate nature photographer.

Eco-tour: Native Plant Center

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 10:00 am

Join this professionally guided tour of The Native Plant Center to learn more about native plants and pollinator support.

Eco-Tour – Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 10:00 am

We invite you join us on this guided Eco-tour to experience the beauty, diversity and sustainability of our native flora for yourself.

Eco-tour: Exploring the Demonstration Meadows at Helia Native Nursery

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 10:00 am

ELA Eco-tour to meadows that display the rich color palettes that can be achieved using native plants. The meadows are all designed with four season interest - a feature that invites frequent visits to experience the changing views.

Eco-tour – Private Garden in Rye, NY

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 4:00 pm

Tour two private gardens in Rye, NY to learn about design choices based upon ecological principles, habitat-enhancing plant selections, and appropriate maintenance practices, all critical elements in creating healthy ecosystems.

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ELA hosts two webinar series over the course of the year. Wednesday Walks in the Garden offer ecological topics to garden enthusiasts and are available for free to both members and non-members. A Focus on Sustainability is an interactive webinar series geared to the needs of landscape professionals and gardeners with both new presentations and the extensive webinar archive available for free to ELA members. Webinars are developed in collaboration with several like-minded, ecologically-focused regional organizations and feature sustainability topics from experts across the country.

Webinar: Fundamentals of Garden Layers

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Free Walk in the Garden for garden enthusiasts. When designing any garden, there is an opportunity to eschew the norms of beauty as the only priority. With careful planning, we can create a space that works in harmony with nature, expands biodiversity, builds healthy soil, and nurtures pollinators and other wildlife.

Webinar: Beautiful and Tough Natives Shine in Uncertain Times 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 12:00 pm

ELA Member Event. Not a member, Join Us. In addition to providing valuable native plant information, this presentation will inspire you to spend time in the garden and to consider native plants for your next garden project.

Webinar: A Piet Oudolf Story with Deborah Chud

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 12:00 pm

ELA Member Event. Not a member, Join Us for a glimpse into Deborah Chud’s: Piet Oudolf Story. The presentation traces Deborah's discovery of Oudolf's work, her research on his plant combinations, and her use of that research to create a garden in his style.

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Water in the Landscape: Member Event Trevor Smith addresses your stormwater questions after beginning the evening with brief opening remarks. Share you questions in advance or during the interactive Q&A session.

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Edible Landscapes: Member Event Dan Jaffe Wilder will provide answers to some common and some not so common questions dealing with edible plants including nut-producing trees, berrying shrubs, and annual vegetables in your gardens and landscape.

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