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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.

2022 Season’s End Summit

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 8:30 am

Save the date as the Summit goes Hybrid! Click here for more information and the schedule of events.

2022 Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 8:30 am

We are in the planning stages for our 2022 Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes conference. Please check back for more details.

Ecological Plant Conference – 2022

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 8:30 am

We are in the planning stages for 2022 Ecological Plant Conference. Please check back for more details.


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.

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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.

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Past webinars | Upcoming Webinars


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: Arborists Are from Mars; Garden Designers Are from Venus

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Working around trees in a landscape is a delicate and careful business that is often overlooked, much to the detriment of the trees over time. Chris Roddick will explore how Arborist and Garden Designers can work together when designing, developing, and managing gardens and lawns around trees.

Webinar: Poisonous Anacardiaceae: Poison Ivy and Beyond

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 12:00 pm

The cashew family, Anacardiaceae, includes a number of economically important plants and many notoriously poisonous species. From poison ivy to cashew and poisonwood, we will explore the diversity of the family and learn more about its toxic members, which are distributed across approximately 33 genera.

Webinar: Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Dr. Keeley will give an overview of corridor design objectives, including topics such as corridor dimensions, sensitivity to human activity, and topography and microclimate for climate-wise connectivity. Using case studies of conservation efforts directed at maintaining and restoring connectivity in North America and around the world, she will illustrate considerations for implementing a corridor project.

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Natural Swim Ponds

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 6:30 pm

Are you looking for an alternative to traditional swimming pools? Considering a natural swim pond for your next design project? Join ELA and Karina Lapierre, BFA and Owner of Lavish Gardens, to ask your questions and get professional advice on constructing recreational ponds.

Webinar: Not in My Front Yard: Social-Aesthetic Barriers to Green Infrastructure in the Public Realm

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Landscape designers nationwide believe in the many benefits of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI); but, for this strategy to succeed, the public must want these installations in their yards, parks, schools, and neighborhood streets. This session presents a study of public reactions to the appearance of GSI, focusing on rain garden installation within the municipal streetscape – technically a “public” space, but perceived by homeowners as part of their front yards.

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