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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Wed, March 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am EST - Thu, March 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EST

UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States

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Save the dates – 26th Annual Conference

March 4 & 5, 2020

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Inspiration    ~     Education      ~       Collaboration     ~     Application

Attend ELA’s 26th Conference & Eco-Marketplace to re-energize your practice and prepare for spring! Network with other professionals and enjoy this year’s inspiring presentations full of information you can apply in practice. ELA offers two full days of research and field-tested expertise as well as innovative case studies on a wide variety of topics.

Wednesday two intensive workshops:

Wednesday. Explore soil from micro to macro on with a dive into the intricacies of soil, hear about the latest research, and learn how to apply new practices for results in the landscape.

Or, explore the detailed workings of meadow ecosystems and what it takes to make a successful meadow project and more.

Thursday offers a broad range of sessions. Delve into landscape design elements from native shrubs, to playscapes and larger ecological landscapes including rain gardens and modern agricultural models. Enjoy a presentation or join an idea exchange to engage with your peers on timely topics.

Up your game this year. Come join the Ecological Landscape Alliance community for inspiration, education, and new opportunities.

Keynote Speaker March 4: JENNIFER JEWEL

Ms. Jewell is the creator, writer, and host of Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden. Jennifer’s weekly public radio program & podcast is a voice for, with, and about gardeners and nature lovers of all manner around the globe, exploring how and why we garden and what we mean when we garden.

Gardens encourage a direct relationship with the dynamic processes of the plants, animals, soils, seasons, and climatic factors that come to bear on a garden, providing a unique, and uniquely beautiful, bridge connecting us to our larger environments — culturally and botanically. Through thoughtful conversations with growers, gardeners, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers, Cultivating Place illustrates the many ways in which gardens and gardening are integral to our natural and cultural literacy – on par with Art, Science, Literature, Music, Religion. These conversations celebrate how all these interconnections support the places we cultivate, nourish our bodies, and feed our spirits.

Scheduled to release on International Women’s Day, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants, Jennifer Jewell’s new book profiles 75 women working in careers ranging from horticulture, botany, and environmental science to floral design, landscape architecture, herbalism, and farming. The featured women represent a wide range of ages and a variety of backgrounds, and they have all made lasting contributions in the wide world of plants. Readers will learn each woman’s unique story—what led them to their career, what drives and inspires them, what they have learned along the way, and what they plan to do in the future.

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Wed, March 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am EST
Thu, March 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EST
$5 – $460
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UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States


Penny Lewis


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