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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 Virtual Conference & Eco-Marketplace – 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 8:30 am

ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace March 3 & 4 including two full days with 24 presentations and panel discussions. Many CEUs available.

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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: Expanding Your Business with Green Infrastructure: Five Tools to Incorporate this Season

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 12:00 pm

With detailed discussion and project photos, Trevor will introduce you to five practical Green Infrastructure tools. He will share his two decades of practical experience designing, installing, and improving stormwater management systems. The class will include time for Trevor to address your questions on these GSI tools.

Class: Navigating Public Design – Part 1

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 1:00 pm

When designing public spaces, understand how to use your creative ideas to build partnerships, develop fundraisers, overcome obstacles, and draw visitors to your public landscape.

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.

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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: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 10:00 am

Join Dr. Cathy Neal on this tour to learn results from UNH research on wildflower meadow establishment, helping you to successfully plan, prepare, plant and maintain a beautiful and functional wildflower meadow that blooms all season long.

Eco-tour: Native Plant Center

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 10:00 am

Join this professionally guided tour of The Native Plant Center to learn more about native plants and pollinator support.

Eco-tour: Exploring the Demonstration Meadows at Helia Native Nursery

Friday, August 13, 2021 - 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 – Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 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 – Private Gardens in Rye, NY

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 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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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: Foliage & Focal Points: Ideas for Budgets and Gardens of All Sizes

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 12:00 pm

With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes.

Webinar: Proper Planting Practices: Are We Landscaping in a Deficit Model?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 12:00 pm

In this presentation, Richard McCoy will provide information on current techniques of proper planting, how to correct unseen issues that are borne in the landscape nursery, the importance of the plant root collar, plant placement by matching site conditions to a plant’s cultural needs, and how these efforts add value.

Webinar: Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 12:00 pm

This presentation describes how to create layers in varied habitats including the perennial, berry, and vegetable gardens. The result is visually fulfilling, low maintenance, and mulch-eliminating when plants go wall-to-wall.

Webinar: Creating Community with Our Insect Neighbors

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00 pm

Learn about common insects in our communities and how to support them.

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.

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