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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! Event details will be available soon.

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.

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

These gardens represent a complete landscape renovation designed and built by Jay Archer. Explore the ever-evolving project!

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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: Native Plant Gardens: Designing for Beauty

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 2:00 pm

Now that we understand why native plant gardens are so important for creating habitat and supporting pollinators, it’s time to kick things up a notch! Learn some design tips and tricks for a native plant garden that is not only ecologically sustainable, but beautiful also.

Webinar: The Clandestine Orchid

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Join Leslie Duthie for a virtual walk through central Massachusetts in search of orchids. We will explore a variety of orchid species found in New England throughout the spring and summer and learn more about why this family of plants can be so elusive.

Webinar: The Watershed Approach: Land Management Like the Earth Depends on It

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 12:00 pm

This webinar provides a clear context for confidently communicating the positive effects of regenerative and sustainable land management on local and global weather, reduction of environmental pollution, promotion of biodiversity, and the overall health of the Earth and the people inhabiting her. The context, called a “watershed approach” to land management, is a framework for pairing science-based environmental solutions with simple land design practices to heal the planet without sacrificing beauty or aesthetics. These principles are effective when employed in any landscape – agricultural, urban/suburban, wildland management, riparian, and sylvan.

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Living Shorelines

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 6:30 pm

Concerned about Climate Change and coastal environments? Have a current project or interested in adding shoreline restoration to your business services? Are you involved in a non-profit and would like to bring skills and techniques to your community? Join Rosemarie Lohnes from Helping Nature Heal Inc. to ask your questions and get professional advice to help create strategies to slow erosion. 

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.

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