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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 plans events year round. Look back frequently for new listings.

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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: Eco-Restorative Garden Design

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 2:00 pm

Explore the principles and specific steps to keep you engaged and confident in small-scale restoration projects.

Class: Deer-Tolerant Landscapes

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 1:00 pm

Join us to learn about deer behavior and natural preventative measures to safeguard your garden.

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.

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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.

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: Going Underground: Unearthing the Role of Soil Organisms in Plant Health

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 12:00 pm

In this presentation, Dr. Serita Frey will explore how the quality of the soil determines the capacity of land to support natural ecosystems and human society.

Webinar: Beauty and Biodiversity at Cornell’s Mundy Wildflower Garden

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 12:00 pm

The presentation will cover the principles of plant conservation and plant propagation, habitat gardening in full sun and in deep shade over limestone, as well as gravel gardening at the stream bank restoration site.

Webinar: The Journey of Edible Landscapes

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Edible landscaping is the use of food-producing plants in the residential landscape. It can combine fruit and nut trees, berrying shrubs, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, along with ornamental plants into aesthetically pleasing designs.

Webinar: Designing Naturalistic Landscapes & Water Features

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 12:00 pm

In this presentation, award-winning Canadian landscape designer, Randy Tumber, will share some of the tips, experiences, and philosophies that he has learned throughout his design career.

Webinar: Growing Vertically with Edible and Ornamental Plants

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Vertical garden systems offer a number of benefits, such as increased accessibility for people with restricted physical abilities, privacy, and vibrancy. Join Irene Barber to learn about budget conscious options, plant and soil materials, and creative vertical garden designs.

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