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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.

2020 Ecological Plant Conference

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 8:00 am

Join us for the fifth annual Ecological Plant Conference at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York.

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Classes

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: Soil: The Solution Beneath Our Feet

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:30 am

Learn soil basics, then expand your understanding. Find out how soil affects plants’ health, supports sustainability, and combats climate change.

Class: Structural Plant Combinations

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Structural shrubs and trees are essential elements in memorable gardens, providing both ambiance and organizing principles in the landscape.

Class: Shade Gardens: Embracing the Dark Side

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Create lush and vibrant shady gardens by learning how to infuse more color, adventure, and intrigue into those sometimes difficult spaces.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – Maine

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 8:30 am

The NGICP program provides the foundation understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.

Class: NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certification Program – NY

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 8:30 am

The program provides the foundational understanding needed to properly design and oversee construction, inspection, and maintenance of green stormwater infrastructure.  Designed to meet international best practice standards, this program provides candidates with the technical skills necessary to incorporate green infrastructure into projects successfully.

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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.

Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 12:00 pm

Due to concerns about community transmission of COVID-19, we will feature our hosts and their gardens in the June 2020 ELA Newsletter. We look forward to photo tours by our generous homeowners, landscape designers, and area organizations as they provide inspiration and education on native plant gardens.

Virtual Eco-Tour: Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This virtual tour will highlight many of these habitats and native plants including: Meadowscapes, both wet and dry, Native orchids, Liatris, Actaea, Pycnanthemum, Solidago, and much more.

Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina, NY

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 8:30 am

Led by award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, Patrick Cullina, this advanced design workshop will help designers to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as diversity and durability without sacrificing artistry.

Advanced Design Workshop with Patrick Cullina, DE

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 8:30 am

Led by award-winning horticulturist and landscape designer, Patrick Cullina, this advanced design workshop will help designers to achieve key ecological landscape goals such as diversity and durability without sacrificing artistry.

Eco-tour – Private Gardens in Rye, NY

Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 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.

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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: Landscaping with a Purpose – What’s Diversity Got To Do with It?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 12:00 pm

A Walk in the Garden: Landscaping with purpose and following guidelines for diversity does not require a large space, but it does require creative vision. Randi Eckel will explain the strategies.

Webinar: Spring to Summer: Native Plants that Bridge the Seasonal Divide

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 12:00 pm

A Walk in the Garden: Ian Caton will discuss flowering native plants that bridge that seasonal gap from spring to summer.

Webinar: GARDEN WAYS: Professional Tips on Design and Plant Selection

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 12:00 pm

A Walk in the Garden: Karen Howard will share some techniques she uses to create a garden space, and structure a landscape design. 

Webinar: Specialist Bees

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 12:00 pm

A Walk in the Garden, Heather will highlight many of these native plant-bee specializations as well as the overlapping habitat requirements of the bees and plants.

Virtual Eco-Tour: Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This virtual tour will highlight many of these habitats and native plants including: Meadowscapes, both wet and dry, Native orchids, Liatris, Actaea, Pycnanthemum, Solidago, and much more.

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