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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

We are in the planning stages for our Season's End Summit. Please check back for more details.

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: 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


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: Restoring the Heirloom Apple Orchard at Tower Hill (Free to All)

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Learn about the restoration of New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill's heirloom apple orchard.

Eco-Answers: Going Electric in the Landscape – Battery Powered Options

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 6:30 pm

There are now practical alternatives on the market to gas-powered landscape maintenance equipment (GLMEs). Let’s talk about why they are worth a try and how to choose your best option.

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.

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