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

Wed, November 3, 2021 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT


Special ELA Members Only Event

Eco-Answers: Specialty Gardens

Do you have (or desire to have) a specialty garden but need a little help getting started?
Sometimes referred to as garden niches, there are many types of specialty gardens. They can include gardens with a particular aesthetic (like Japanese Gardens), focus on a particular type of plants (herb gardens), or be characterized by their size (small pocket gardens or large meadows).

Join ecological landscape specialist Pennington (Penn) Marchael to ask your questions about garden niches and get professional advice to help solve your problems or get your project started. During this 90-minute Zoom live forum, Penn will provide answers to some common questions and then focus on audience questions.

Penn will start the evening with brief opening remarks about a couple of specialty gardens and then jump right into your questions for the bulk of the Q&A session. Some topics that Penn can address are:

  • Building a biodiverse meadow
  • Creating gardens for winter interest
  • Sizing plants for a small courtyard
  • Leaving semi-wild garden areas
  • Designing a butterfly garden
  • Featuring texture in a shade garden
  • And more…

Please send your questions in advance so that Penn will know where to focus his attention. Also send photos of the plants in question to provide some reference and to add interest to the discussion. Email photos along with your questions to:
If you don’t submit questions in advance, no problem, we will also be taking questions throughout the event.

Once you are registered for Eco-Answers with the ELA Eco-Pros, you will receive an email with the Zoom Webinar link.

About the ELA Eco-Pro

Pennington Marchael is a landscape contractor based in Brooklyn and Bedford Hills, New York. Throughout his career he has cultivated a deep understanding of horticulture and ecology, which he uses to execute successfully vibrant landscapes. Mr. Marchael has over ten years of experience in project management, landscape construction, and maintenance. In those ten years, he has installed and maintained meadows from Virginia to Northern New York with a total of over one hundred fifty acres installed and many more maintained and monitored. His present focus is growing his business, Pennington Grey, where he aspires to train a new generation of land managers who will lead the landscape industry away from traditional practices and toward a more sustainable and dynamic approach.


Wed, November 3, 2021
6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
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