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June 2019

Celebrating Natives – Garden Tours

June 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT
Public and Private Native Plant Gardens, Various - Garden addresses provided after registration is complete. + Google Map

From paths and pocket gardens to borders and backyards, native plant gardens are a growing trend! Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) as we Celebrate Native Plants at designer-guided and homeowner-guided tours of public and private gardens that celebrate the beauty and ecosystem value of native plants and ecological practices. These ELA Eco-tours will: Feature gardens designed entirely or primarily with native plants. Educate attendees about the increasing options and applications for native plants. Demonstrate that native plant gardens can be beautiful as…

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Eco-tour: Carex: Foundation Species for Successful Plant Communities

June 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Van Berkum Nursery, 4 James Road
Deerfield, NH 03037
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Native sedges are gaining in popularity, growers are responding, and more varieties are coming to the market. With so many to choose from, there are endless options of color, texture, and size. But what characteristics are most important? Which Carex varieties are clumpers? Where do we look for height without flop? Which are well-behaved spreaders, and which are too aggressive? And what companion plants blend well with Carex varieties to create pleasing and successful plant communities? Carrie Chalmers Photo This…

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July 2019

Eco-tour: Gardening for Insects: Native Pollinator Garden Tour

July 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Green Art Garden, 30 US-Route-1-Bypass
Kittery, ME 03904 United States
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The Ecological Landscape Alliance invites you to tour the private gardens of landscape designer and pollinator expert, Thomas Berger. When choosing plants to support insects in our gardens, we want to make the most of our limited space. Which plants nourish the most species? And which kinds of insects need our support the most urgently? Thomas Berger has been designing landscapes for insects for more than twenty years in his own gardens and client gardens. Thomas pays particular attention to…

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Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat

July 30 @ 8:30 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Woodman Research Farm, 70 Spinney Lane
Durham, NH 03824
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Free Meadow Workshop Pre-registration is required. Register by phone at 603-862-3200 Or register online at: UNH Cooperative Extension Office Research Field Tour During the Research Field Tour Dr. Cathy Neal, UNH Extension Professor and Researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, will share results from ten years of 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. Xerces staff will help you identify native…

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August 2019

Eco-Tour: Sustainable Production at Amherst Nurseries

August 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Amherst Nurseries, 200 Bay Road
Hadley, MA 01002 United States
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Since 2001, when John Kinchla began growing nursery stock in addition to providing landscape construction and maintenance services, Amherst Nurseries has focused on sustainable production systems. The nursery now grows thousands of trees and shrubs on over 100 acres of farmland in western MA. The business strives to provide exemplary service while minimizing use of resources and environmental impacts. Sustainable measures include reducing water use; moving away from ball and burlap to grow bags, a process that reduces soil removal,…

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Eco-Tour: Ecology and Agriculture at Charbrook Farm

August 16 @ 3:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Charbrook Farm, 71 Gates Road
Princeton, MA 01002 United States
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Charbrook Farm is the modern homestead of Lauren and Stephen Stimson and their family in Princeton, Massachusetts. Located down the road from the historic Stimson Farm and Charbrook Nursery, this working farm has become a field station for the STIMSON landscape architecture practice. A Master Plan for Charbrook Farm has been in process since 2008. Seasonal events, lambing, plant walks, nursery digs and studio retreats are all integrated into the culture and life of STIMSON. Long-term goals for the property include…

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September 2019

Eco-tour: Effective Invasive Plant Management: Chemical-Free & So Darn Cute

September 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd
Belmont, MA 02478 United States
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Meadows are an important ecosystem for biodiversity. They host numerous native plant and wildlife species, but without natural occurrences, such as fire, these open spaces would revert to forest. Mechanical mowing creates disturbance that promotes invasive plants, one of the greatest threats to the nature of Massachusetts because they out-complete, displace, or kill native species. Non-native species—many introduced to Massachusetts accidentally or on purpose for garden or landscape use—thrive and proliferate in disturbance. To manage meadows and control invasive plant species, Habitat has incorporated a…

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Eco-Tour: Asters and Goldenrods Start to Finish

September 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, 30 Peck Road
Wales, MA 01081
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Starting with a 100 acre woodlot, Sanctuary founder and benefactor – Monson, Massachusetts native Arthur D. Norcross Jr. (1895-1969) – bought, bartered and traded to amass over 2,000 acres that he dubbed the Tupper Hill Sanctuary. Today, the Sanctuary is operated by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and has grown to over 8,000 acres of forests, meadows and wildlands in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the benefit of native plants and animals of New England, as…

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October 2019

Eco-tour: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Urban Oasis for Visitors in an Ecological Package

October 3 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Formerly a toxic brownfield, Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) was transformed with award-winning waterfront redevelopment designs by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Focused on sustainability, this series of ecological parks runs 1.3 miles along the East River in Brooklyn and has become a significant 85-acre, biodiverse, urban landscape and community resource. The park forges new connections between the adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods and the East River, overcoming the longstanding separation that resulted from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, steep grade separation, and former industrial land…

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