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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 - 8:30 am

Join us to explore the lessons we can learn 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.

2021 Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes – Connections

Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:30 am

Recognizing the critical connections in our landscapes and ecosystems, can we truly appreciate and steward the land effectively for future generations. Join this important discussion to learn more.

Ecological Plant Conference – 2021

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 8:30 am

This year, the Ecological Plant Conference (EPC) will delve into five plant-centric topics to educate, entertain, and inspire you. Join us for the sixth annual EPC deep dive into plants old and new.

ELA Virtual 28th Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 8:00 am

Join ELA on February 23 & 24, 2022 for the 28th Conference & Eco-Marketplace – all online.  We’ll energize your practice and prepare you for spring with two full days of research and field-tested expertise, as well as innovative case studies on a wide range of topics.

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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: A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 12:30 pm

Through personal stories and observations of hundreds of installed projects, Trevor Smith covers a broad range of topics, including regenerative design, green infrastructure, adaptive strategies in the face of climate change, the importance of maintaining your own health and well being, and ways to challenge the norms in pursuit of authentic results.

Class: Climate Change and Native Plants

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 12:30 pm

This class will cover a brief history of climate change and address carbon and hydrological cycles, the earth’s heating and cooling systems, and the importance of wise landscape design, construction, and agriculture to mitigate climate change. We will also discuss the role of native plants in the climate change conversation.

Class: Recording the Garden

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 12:30 pm

In this webinar, we discuss strategies to track what is planted in the garden and where, where plants came from, how well plantings survive over time, which gardening practices work best for a given location, and basic phrenology concepts to help track the timing of plants’ life history events. Participants will also learn how to use garden records to track gardening experiments whose results can help inform future decisions about planting and maintenance.

Class: Plant Nutrients

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 10:00 am

In this Plant Nutrient class, you will learn some mineral nutrient basics through an overview of soils, chemistry, and plant anatomy.

Class: Finding Your Environmental Ethic

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:00 pm

In this introductory webinar, you will learn four philosophical models of human relationship with nature in order to gain deeper understanding of your own and others’ environmental ethics.

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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.

Advanced Ecological Design Workshop with Larry Weaner

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 1:00 pm

Advanced Ecological Design Workshop: Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed for practitioners to achieve them. This intensive two-session course (December 1 and December 15) will provide concrete, real-world guidance for selecting and arranging native plants in gardens and restoration projects, as well as provide attendees with the opportunity to employ these techniques through an assignment between the first and second sessions.

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.

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: Blue Carbon – The Role of Estuaries in Combating Climate Change

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 12:00 pm

A Focus on Sustainability - Salt marshes, seagrass beds, and mangroves can capture and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Learn how this "blue carbon" cycles through coastal systems, what makes these environments so efficient at carbon sequestration, and what measures can help to protect and restore coastal ecosystems.

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Specialty Gardens

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Specialty Gardens: Member Event Penn Marchael will start the evening with brief opening remarks about a couple of specialty gardens; then he'll jump right into your questions for the bulk of this interactive Q&A session.

Webinar: Nature’s Sanctuary – Challenges of and Solutions for a SITES Gold Landscape

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 12:00 pm

A Focus on Sustainability - Join Horticulturist Gregg Tepper to learn about and understand the history and challenges of a SITES Gold landscape and real-world solutions to achieve the desired results.

Eco-Answers: End of Season Maintenance

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 6:30 pm

During this 90-minute live Zoom Q&A, Kerry O'Kelly will provide a quick overview of season's-end garden chores and then she will jump right into your questions for the bulk of the Q&A session.

Webinar: Taking on the Big Places: How to Build and Maintain Self-Sufficient Landscapes

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00 pm

A Focus on Sustainability - Using case studies from Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Dan Jaffe Wilder will explain various strategies for creating and maintaining large landscapes with ecology and self-sustainability at the forefront.

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